Τετάρτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2017

Para-religious fetishism: The Holy boiled chestnut

The rushed canonization of Father Paisios may have helped his fans feel vindicated for idolizing a priest once known for his homely utterances but who in recent years became more famous for outrageous prophecies, including a devastating war between Russia and Turkey that will benefit Greece and allow it to retake Istanbul (Constantinople). But the honors that are being bestowed on him now by the heads of the Church of Greece should be a matter of great concern.

The road of piety is so full of zigs and zags, and some exhibitions of faith are so unbelievable (bordering on self-ridicule) that we can never sure whether we are hearing actual news or whether we are the victims of media and social media trolls.

The most recent development is that after the holy man’s flip-flops, his cap and his glasses, we now have his blessed chestnut, which was recently put on display at the Church of Aghios Dimitrios in Agrinio, central Greece.

Such a move can only be described as para-religious fetishism.

According to the official statement that came with the display, this particular chestnut had been “given by a group of students along with others to Saint Paisios in October 1990 to be blessed.” It is this phrase, “along with others,” that should be read as a prophecy – it won’t be long before other blessed chestnuts pop up in other places too. More holy flip-flops and sacred caps will also inevitably appear.

After all, it was observed a long time ago that in times of deep crisis and when there is a general sense of insecurity, irrationalism in its most extreme form becomes the dominant religion, regardless of what idols people worship.

Saint Paisios is the patron saint of our country’s front pages, our very own Nostradamus. He was also a typically nationalist saint as he said things that so many people want to hear: the government in Skopje will collapse and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will fall apart, Turkey will sink and so on.

However, since so many top political and church officials have stated in the past that “God is Greek,” what else could a humble servant of Greek origins be than a foot soldier for Greek Christianity?

There has been no confirmation of rumors, however, that Kokkini Milia (Red Apple Tree), a mythical land where the Turks were to have been banished to from Constantinople by the late Byzantine Emperor Constantine Palaiologos, has been found and now renamed Red Chestnut Tree. We have to keep watching the loud front pages – and the oh-so silent church hierarchy.

The problem is that these very newspapers which complain about this kind of fetishism, stand up for the worship of icons, bones and relics. Kathimerini is a conservative newspaper and conservatives do their best to maintain this way of thinking. Theologically there is no difference if a monk is full of the grace of the Holy Spirit and his bones and clothes are full of it, why not his glasses, or slippers or whatever he touched? All politicians go to such happenings, because this is how they expect to be voted, even those of the radical left.

Κυριακή, 13 Αυγούστου 2017

Shameless: Daddy, the best man for the job!

The new president of Thessaloniki's urban transport company (OASTh), Stelios Pappas, is the necessary experience and knowledge to lead the company, State Minister Alekos Flambouraris said in a statement on Friday.

"The selection of Stelios Pappas for the management of OASTh is a decision purely political. It is a person who has the relevant know-how and experience to be appointed in such a position," he said.
"Having worked as an economist for more than 30 years and served as president of the Economic Chamber of Greece in the past, it is clear it is a choice for battle, for a fighter of the Left who has more than 55 years of continuous presence in movements and is fighting for a better society. That's the kind of man you need to put inside the scoundrels' nest," he added.
His comment came in response to the accusations of nepotism leveled against the government by the opposition over the appointment, as Stelios Pappas is the father of Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas.
Nikos Pappas and the prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, were friends since they were 19 years old and members of the youth of The Coalition of the Left, of Movements and of Ecology. After appointing many of his friends at least as advisors, if they had no qualities, the prime minister is appointing the close relatives of his friends.
So the father of the prime minister's best friend is thought to be the man for the job. Well, every communist seems to think that. They have been trained to be arrogant, wise-guys, rude, paranoic and fanatic and it seems that now they believe their own lies.
55 years of presence in movements means demonstrating, graffities, distribution  of leaflets and propaganda for the Communist party. Communists used to infiltrate all kind of clubs and associations in order to conceal their propaganda.
The question is what is meant he is an economist for 30 years, as he is a marxist and marxism has failed everywhere. Other articles mention something about private sector. Private sector in Greece are shops, kiosks, private schools, gyms, bars and restaurants. Everything else is state, or the owners act as apparatchiks of the State. There are few exceptions and they get fewer and fewer.
The question is who is responsible for the scoundrel's nests. Since 1981 the centre-left party of PASOK encouraged people to think they have a right for everything they want. The people who voted for Pasok were either the left wing of Center Union party or the United Democratic Left, the latter acting as a substitute and political front of the banned Communist Party. For thirty years there were strikes and demonstrations, whenever syndicalists got bored, as they worked only when they were on strike, and people could have longer weekends as the strike were on tuesdays and thursdays, so with an extra one or two days off, one had a week for himself.
This kind of solution is called homeopathy. One inaugurates a marxist to solve the problems caused by the marxistic way of thinking.

Πέμπτη, 3 Αυγούστου 2017

The Greeks really do have near-mythical origins, ancient DNA reveals

Ever since the days of Homer, Greeks have long idealized their Mycenaean “ancestors” in epic poems and classic tragedies that glorify the exploits of Odysseus, King Agamemnon, and other heroes who went in and out of favour with the Greek gods. Although these Mycenaeans were fictitious, scholars have debated whether today’s Greeks descend from the actual Mycenaeans, who created a famous civilization that dominated mainland Greece and the Aegean Sea from about 1600 B.C.E. to 1200 B.C.E., or whether the ancient Mycenaeans simply vanished from the region.

Now, ancient DNA suggests that living Greeks are indeed the descendants of Mycenaeans, with only a small proportion of DNA from later migrations to Greece. And the Mycenaeans themselves were closely related to the earlier Minoans, the study reveals, another great civilization that flourished on the island of Crete from 2600 B.C.E. to 1400 B.C.E. (named for the mythical King Minos).

The ancient DNA comes from the teeth of 19 people, including 10 Minoans from Crete dating to 2900 B.C.E. to 1700 BCE, four Mycenaeans from the archaeological site at Mycenae and other cemeteries on the Greek mainland dating from 1700 B.C.E. to 1200 B.C.E., and five people from other early farming or Bronze Age (5400 B.C.E. to 1340 B.C.E.) cultures in Greece and Turkey. By comparing 1.2 million letters of genetic code across these genomes to those of 334 other ancient people from around the world and 30 modern Greeks, the researchers were able to plot how the individuals were related to each other.

The ancient Mycenaeans and Minoans were most closely related to each other, and they both got three-quarters of their DNA from early farmers who lived in Greece and southwestern Anatolia, which is now part of Turkey, the team reports today in Nature. Both cultures additionally inherited DNA from people from the eastern Caucasus, near modern-day Iran, suggesting an early migration of people from the east after the early farmers settled there but before Mycenaeans split from Minoans.

The Mycenaeans did have an important difference: They had some DNA—4% to 16%—from northern ancestors who came from Eastern Europe or Siberia. This suggests that a second wave of people from the Eurasian steppe came to mainland Greece by way of Eastern Europe or Armenia, but didn’t reach Crete, says Iosif Lazaridis, a population geneticist at Harvard University who co-led the study.

Not surprisingly, the Minoans and Mycenaeans looked alike, both carrying genes for brown hair and brown eyes. Artists in both cultures painted dark-haired, dark-eyed people on frescoes and pottery who resemble each other, although the two cultures spoke and wrote different languages. The Mycenaeans were more militaristic, with art replete with spears and images of war, whereas Minoan art showed few signs of warfare, Lazaridis says. Because the Minoans script used hieroglyphics, some archaeologists thought they were partly Egyptian, which turns out to be false.

The continuity between the Mycenaeans and living people is “particularly striking given that the Aegean has been a crossroads of civilizations for thousands of years,” says co-author George Stamatoyannopoulos of the University of Washington in Seattle. This suggests that the major components of the Greeks’ ancestry were already in place in the Bronze Age, after the migration of the earliest farmers from Anatolia set the template for the genetic makeup of Greeks and, in fact, most Europeans. “The spread of farming populations was the decisive moment when the major elements of the Greek population were already provided,” says archaeologist Colin Renfrew of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the work.

The results also show it is possible to get ancient DNA from the hot, dry landscape of the eastern Mediterranean, Renfrew says. He and others now have hope for getting DNA from groups such as the mysterious Hittites who came to ancient Anatolia sometime before 2000 B.C.E. and who may have been the source of Caucasian ancestry in Mycenaeans and early Indo-European languages in the region. Archaeologist Kristian Kristiansen of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who was not involved in the work, agrees. “The results have now opened up the next chapter in the genetic history of western Eurasia—that of the Bronze Age Mediterranean.”


Κυριακή, 23 Ιουλίου 2017

An interview about the historically continuous Hellenic Ethnic Religion

Hercules Invictus Interviews
Vlassis Rassias
Founder of the
Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes: YSEE
Mount Olympus Presents:
Hercules: Geetings Vlassis! I am greatly honored to be interviewing you. Your dedication to the aboriginal spirituality of our ancestors is sincere, long-standing and praiseworthy.

Vlassis: Greetings Hercules. Thank you for your good words.

Hercules: What first drew you to Olympian spirituality?

Vlassis: Long ago, in 1976, at the age of 17, I read in the newspapers that a Christian Orthodox monk from Mt Athos drove all the way to Athens and attacked with a sledgehammer the replica of a naked statue of God Zeus that was standing right after the entrance of the Ministry of Education. I still remember his full name! (* See Note Below) This horrible incident made me henceforth see with a completely different angle the mutilated statues in our museums. I now knew that the sledgehammers of similar ancient fanatics and not "earthquakes" were the main reason for all that mutilation of beauty in the sacred art of my ancestors.

Hercules: What other Paths did you explore before finding and committing to your deepest resonance?

Vlassis: For almost a decade, I also explored the spirituality of the native people of the Americas, the "First Nations" as they define themselves. And in the mid-eighties I received from a Mohawk old man that brilliant response to my question raised on how I could become perfect partaker of the native wisdom: "In the language that you are dreaming in, there you'll definitely find the truth that you seek". Since then, I focused mainly in the Hellenic spiritual path.

Hercules: How and when did your personal mission become clear?

Vlassis: Well, I do not believe in "personal" missions other than only being an honest part of a link in the long historical chain that brings Hellenism from the farthest past to the present, and from the present to the future. This notion became quite clear to me in the first years of the nineties, when I met some people that informed me about the unbroken historical continuity of our Tradition and Religion from the times of the persecution by the Christians up to our present times. I recently made known this unknown continuity via my latest bookYour Glory and your Despair, a historical narrative. The title comes from a Friedrich Hoelderlin's quote.

Hercules: What were some of your initial steps? Was the YSEE your first organizational vehicle?

Vlassis: I started alone, in the late eighties, expecting no more than to speak the truth of my ancestors via editorials in various magazines. I admit that what I expected then, was only to to speak the truth of my ancestors, having against ten millions incensed Christian Orthodox Greeks. Quite soon, to my pleasant surprise, I found out that I was not alone on this path. By 1991 I had already gathered around me a number of like-minded people and we proceeded with the publication of Diipetes, the first ever Greek journal that openly preached the restoration of the Hellenic Ethnic Religion. It soon reached a circulation of 2.000 and after some years, in June of 1997, we founded YSEE, the Supreme Council of Hellenes (Ypato Symboulio Ellinon Ethnikon).

Hercules: Can you provide us with an overview of the YSEE, along with its Mission and goals?

Vlassis: YSEE aims for the moral and physical protection and restoration of the Polytheistic, Ethnic Hellenic Religion, Tradition and way of life in (modern) Greek society where it is still being oppressed due to its institutionalized intolerance and theocracy. After 20 years of activity in the (modern) Greek reality with more than 330 interventions (letters and press releases) and many protests for the protection of the Hellenic tradition, for the human rights and for the religious tolerance, more than 800 seminars, tactical celebrations of the ancient festivals, public rituals and educational events, YSEE is the front line of the movement for the protection of the Ancient Hellenic Heritage and the return to the ancient ways.

Hercules: What differentiates the YSEE from other Olympian spiritual expressions?

Vlassis: Considering ourselves the contemporary phase of the historically continuous Hellenic Ethnic Religion, we are broad and catholic. We embrace all forms of spiritual expression compatible with the verified forms of the past, including the forms of the Middle-ages or the Renaissance, e.g. the Plethonists, the followers of Georgios Gemistos - Plethon. In the same way, we embrace all the philosophical Schools from the Ionians to the last days of the Academia of Athens. We only reject neopagan inventions, travesties of our rituals, magic, UFO theories and other by-products of the monotheist world.

Hercules: Can you please share some of the highlights of the YSEE's history?

Vlassis: Well, they are many. Indicatively I'll mention the organization in Athens of the 7th World Congress of Ethnic Religions in 2004, its Memorandum, dated May the 7th, 2006, to the President of the Hellenic Democracy, the President of the Hellenic Parliament, the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, and three relative Ministers, on the necessity for the the protection of the Hellenic Ethnic Religion as living part of the National Heritage of Greece and, of course, the recognition of our Religion as such, by the official authorities of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Matters a few months ago. To their credit, they gave us official permission for a place of worship in Athens, thus promoting the Hellenic Ethnic Religion to the status of a “known religion” in Greece, according to article 13 of the Constitution. The Hellenic Ethnic Religion is now under the protection of the law, to the same degree as the other 5 – 6 non-Christian religions that are already classified as “known religions” in our country, and we can henceforth register our children at the Registry Office as belonging to the Hellenic Ethnic Religion, and also perform Hellenic wedding rituals with full legal value.

Hercules: Congratulations! The recognition of Olympianism as a valid religion in modern Greece is truly historic. Where is the YSEE now in terms of its evolution?

Vlassis: In the last few years, YSEE has been trying to obtain recognition as a statutory corporation of religious character according to recent Law 4301/2014. So far its appeal signed by hundreds of Ethnikoi Hellenes has been rejected by both the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal and now the case is taken to the Supreme Court. The “justification” given for the rejections directly insults the intelligence and knowledge of history of the average educated person. The purely cultural and religious terms “Ethnic Religion” and “Ethnikoi Hellenes” "create “confusion"” (so they claim) "in the minds of the public" !

Hercules: What challenges remain?

Vlassis: To win the case of recognition as a statutory corporation of religious character either at the Supreme Court, or at the European Court of Human Rights if needed, and, of course, in a near or far future, to have the Hellenic Ethnic Religion recognized by the Greek Parliament as aliving part of the National Heritage of Greece. We recently supported the similar appeal of Romuva, the legal body of the Ancient Baltic Religion for state recognition by the Seimas (Parliament) of the Lithuanian Republic, as part of the Lithuanian historical, spiritual and social heritage.

Hercules: What is your vision for the YSEE's growth and development?

Vlassis: So far, we have chapters and nuclei in many areas of Greece, and most importantly in the United States (Astoria, New York) and Cyprus. We'll continue spreading in new geographical areas and growing both in numbers and in quality of membership. For us, the later is the most important. The quality of our members. If we content ourselves with the numerical growth, and not persist in the spiritual growth, especially via Arete (virtue), sooner or later we'll face all the pathology of the monotheistic world inside YSEE. In the past, but thank the Gods on a small scale, we have seen this happening, so now we are more rigorous in our wider targeting.

Hercules: What role do you see the YSEE playing in the overall history of Olympianism?

Vlassis: YSEE is the body that opened the gates for the re-emergence of the Hellenic Ethnic Religion to the contemporary world. Re-emergence not as a product of romantic reverie, but as a historically continuous Religion that returned back after centuries of persecutions and an obscurity due to necessity, to stay, thrive and prosper at the lands that it thrived and prospered in the good old times when Hellenism was unimpeded, offering its spiritual light to all civilized people.

Hercules: Do you welcome interaction or form relationships with other groups?

Vlassis: Yes, we do welcome any kind of co-operation with other groups from all around the world, even with groups of other Ethnic Traditions. The only prerequisite for a co-operation is the other side to recognize the Hellenic Ethnic Religion as a historically continuous and inherited Religion that has full knowledge of its past and that it rightfully demands a future of dignity and self-determination.

Hercules: How can folks learn more about the YSEE?

Vlassis: The ones that know Greek may visit our webpage www.ysee.gr. Unfortunately, for the time being, its English section does not contain many texts. However, we plan to publish the English translation of our informative book Theology and Praxis in the near future.

Hercules: How can those who find resonance with the YSEE get involved?

Vlassis: They can become members, or just friends of our organization and spread the word to more people. What we actually all try to do is to bring back a healthy form of humanity that once existed, but for centuries now was purposely construed as a remote heathen past or as only an archaeological exhibit.

Hercules: Thank you Vlassis! As a human being, as a Lemnian and as an Ellinas I am proud of your accomplishment and am greatly honored that you granted this interview. I wish you great success in all of your endeavors and may Olympus continue to bestow many Blessings on you and the YSEE!

Vlassis: You are welcome. May the Gods always shine on you.

Πέμπτη, 6 Ιουλίου 2017

Papa-Kleomenis vandalises sculpture

"The so-called "priest kleomenis" attacks with a hammer the sculpture Crisis of the Greek sculptor Tasos Nyfadopoulos. Tasos Nyfadopoulos speaks about the action of "priest kleomenis" in this video. Crisis sculpture is the first sculpture in public space addressing socioeconomic crisis worldwide. Sculptor Tasos Nyfadopoulos unveiled the artwork back in April 2015."

Σάββατο, 1 Ιουλίου 2017

Don't let good deeds be localised

This is a Norwegian woman, who visited Crete and likes taking walks in nature. So one day she saw the road she was walking on full of rubbish, so she decided to collect them as she thought it is a pity to let such a beautiful sight wasted. A local man saw her doing it, helped her to bring the rubbish to the nearest bin and asked why she was doing this. He then made it viral in the Internet.

A similar thing happened with an american singer Willow Smith daughter of an actor Will Smith. She went with a yacht to Antipaxos. Antipaxos is the smaller of the Paxoi islands part of the Ionian Islands in Western Greece, between the bigger islands of Corfu and Lefkada.

The singer said she saw dead seagulls and plastic litter on the three beaches she sailed to. Not only seagulls, but other wild animals too eat plastic and die painfully as they cannot digest it. So as she posted in the Instagram she wanted to do her small deed as a human being, as humans are responsible for all the plastic, to protect wildlife from such a fate.

The place in Crete wasn't know, so nobody was bothered, the island however was named, so consequently one knew the responsible mayor.
The mayor of Paxoi phoned in a show and said that there are more 100 beaches in both islands and she chose to go to the most inaccessable at the north west of Antipaxos. Well, plastic was there, seagulls were dying, wildlife is dying, he has to forgive these species for going to remote places, they don't deserve to die painfully. However he chose to present it as if it was a conspiracy against him. The Adriatic Sea, he said, has many floating rubish islands and so the beaches of these islands, which are on the Ionian island, can be full of rubbish any moment. One the map one can see that the Ionian Sea is not part of the Adriatic. He said that this happens to the beaches facing the Adriatic. These litter-islands do have weird habits and preferences.

Then he said that it is impossible that the rubbish from three beaches could fill 22 bags. He says that every second or third day he circumnavigates the island personally and has never gathered more than 6 or 7 bags litter from all of them. Well maybe he had bad luck and a big litter-island just arrived from the Adriatic Sea.  In the photo below one can estimate the number of bags. If one is willing to believe that they are full with litter collected from the beaches and not the boats litter.

After saying that the girl sailed to the remotest beaches at the northwest of Antipaxos, he then said that he couldn't recognise the beaches, although he has lived all his life in Paxos. He didn't say, he couldn't recognise the beaches, althought he circumnavigates both islands more than twice a week. So what does that mean, the beaches are not at Paxoi at all? 
Who could be after the mayor of Paxoi and why? Are the worlds secret societies after the area's unknown riches? Is the mayor the last obstacle to their plans?