will say to us: Why do you want to form a new religion? Why
not just revise Christianity a little, maybe purge the Church
of some of the doctrines which admittedly have crept into the
traditions of the Church and which are alien to Western man's
original religious attitudes? - some kind of New Reformism --
may on the surface sound as a good idea, but patchwork like
that will never be of any value; too many foreign concepts have
penetrated to the core of the spiritual edifice of the Church
-- it is more than mere revisionism we need.
wish for a change in religious outlook is not coming from the
top either. Of course, you hear of priests being concerned that
they are losing the parishioners and their donations, and no
doubt in all denominations there are many honest and upright
ministers who are genuinely worried about the state of church
affairs. But it is the ordinary people - - in particular the
young - - whose :instincts and conscience are not yet corrupted,
who wish the church were able to give them some relevant ethical
direction. They know something is out of step with Reality,
intuitively they feel something is missing some where, but they
cannot get the hub of the matter into focus.
there are those who say: "Oh, but I don't believe in this
dogma, --or that -- I have my own interpretation of Christianity."
Well, if you are not following the teachings of the Church,
you are not a 100% Christian (are you a 75% Christian then --
or only 50%?). I would suggest to you, kinsman, that if this
is your attitude, what you actually are doing is walking in
the footsteps of your ancestors. They had their own distinctive
ideas about the nature of God which by no means carried less
value than the "revelation-religions".
much quoted remark by Tacitus gives Some indication of Western
man's native religiosity; the old Roman historian noted that
it did not correspond with their (the Indo-Europeans) ideas
of the greatness of the deity to enclose their God within walls";
and in fact the Indo-European concept of religion is not hidden
in cloisters and caves but arises from every aspect of Nature
-- the beauty of trees, flowers, mountains, lakes, the ocean
and the sky.
essence of Indo-European religiosity is the fusion of God and
Nature -- the two cannot be separated, they are virtually synonymous.
The logical deduction is then that if God and Nature are one,
this world cannot be evil. Therefore all Indo-European peoples
are "of this world" and lovers of Nature.
instill such an attitude into the Christian Church today would
be well nigh impossible: Odinists therefore maintain that we
have to reach back into the past, to the original divine inspiration
of our ancestors in keeping with the true religious attitudes
of Western man. Only then will a positive Godliness ensue and
we will have a solid foundation upon which to build a new morality.
To initiated eyes, everything
Everything shows signs of God.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING OURSELVES
a pluralistic society such to ours, differences in temperament,
in evaluation of moral issues and in general attitude towards
many aspects of community life are inevitable.
many years the Christian Church, being the accepted version
of religion, has forced its opinion of right and wrong upon
all the peoples with whom it came into contact even to continents
where people lived in blissful ignorance of Yahweh, missionaries
were sent, in order to preach the "good message."
be sure, it was not done out of malice,but simply because the
Christian mind cannot perceive that their special kind of morality
is not acceptable to all mankind. It acts on the assumption
that all peoples, regardless of racial and personal characteristics,
place the same significance on facts and phenomena as the Christians
it is most certainly a misconception that all the diverse groups
of :people comprising the population of our planet can (and
should) be mishmashed into one homogenous mass, thereby disregarding
the individual, varied and distinctive dispositions, derived
from a person's extraction.
because of these characteristic differences, it is an immature
notion that there can be a universal concept of morality, of
justice and of religion. Instead of this fiction, efforts should
be made to bring forth an educated realization that differences
do exist, and that men can have respect for and co-operation
with other groups,having a different set of customs and adhering
to a different persuasion, than those prevalent in their own
when people are able freely to form groups and fraternities
as they please, can and will they insist on the rights of others
to live as they want, without uncalled-for interference by government
and any other pressure group.
type of fellowship does not need any regimentation or totalitarian
enforcement and will flourish to the best advantage where men
are mature and rational it is an attitude which is closely connected
with the old Indo-European respect for the individual, which
regards intrusion into other persons lives detrimental to genuine
co-operation and is against the original Indo¬European moral
It's not the
that's the difficulty.
It's the indifference!
He who will
is a bigot:
he who cannot is a fool:
and he who dares not
is a slave
Sir William Drummond
has long been believ6cfthat civilization began in the warm climate
of the Tigris, Euphrates.and Nile valley regions,and slowly
seeped northward to Greece, Rome and, many centuries later,
finally into Northern Europe.
has usually also been assumed that the first European monumental
stone-built tombs, or the beginning of metallurgy came about
as new ideas and techniques from the Near East were introduced
to the "Northern barbarians". However,due to newly
discovered radiocarbon testing methods, the archaeologists and
historians have been shaken by a major revolution in our understanding
of man's early past.
following the accepted historical thesis "ex oriente lux
- from the East came light" had thought that the architectural
skill and social organizations, required to construct the impressive
European burial chambers, such as the New Grange in Ireland,
or the great tombs in Antequera in Spain, came from the East
years ago the first indications arose that this historical thesis
might not be correct. Archaeological finds in Spain, supposedly
at the receiving end of civilization, and in the East Mediterranean
the assumed "homeland", cast doubts on the presumed
connections. Contrary to these earlier beliefs, it now seems
that copper metallurgy may have been invented independently
in Europe,and the earliest stone buildings, the megalithic tombs
of Western Europe, can definitely be dated several centuries
before the pyramids in Egypt, thanks to an amazing discovery
by Prof. C. H. Ferguson of the University of Arizona.
in the White Mountains of California grow incredibly long-lived
trees, the California bristle cone pine. The tree rings of this
pine are now being used to check the accuracy of the important
radiocarbon dating method, which up until now has been the essential
basis for prehistoric chronology,and Europe's history has been
dated in this way.
tree rings mark the annual growth of the trees. By counting
back, using both live and dead trees Prof. C. H. Ferguson has
been able to build up a sequence, reaching as far back as 5000
B.C. Radiocarbon tests were then made on wood from these trees.
The dates indicated by the radiocarbon method should have agreed
with the known age of the trees; they did not. However, since
the age of the trees, both live and dead, was known, the radiocarbon
dates could then be corrected on the basis of comparison, and
the corrected radiocarbon dating for European prehistory has
quite astounded archaeologists.
H. E. Sues of La Jolla, California has compiled a calibration
chart which is now being used to correct all previous radiocarbon
dates as far back as 5000 B.C. This has dramatically changed
the chronology of European prehistory.
dates of prehistoric Europe up until 1500 B.C.have now been
moved back several centuries, in some cases as much as 700 years,
whereas in the Eastern Mediterranean areas the dates stand unchanged
as they were arrived at by way of ancient calendrical records,
and not by radiocarbon methods.
means that the megalithic tombs of Europe were built more than
5000 years ago, which is about five centuries before the pyramids
of ancient Egypt which stand at 2500B.C.
also know now that "barbarian" Europe in the Balkans
were smelting copper and casting it into useful tools well before
4000 B.C. At the same time, further west, "Europeans were
erecting massive stone tombs, hewn out of huge slabs of rock,when
in the Near East they were still using mud bricks.
prehistoric barbarians in Europe suddenly seem very much more
creative and imaginative than anyone had guessed.
prehistory now, quite simply, has to be re-written, with a new
respect for our ancestors, -- those creative barbarians who
were building stone tombs and temples centuries before the construction
of the pyramids in Egypt.
Indo-European peoples have lived they have formulated their
own religious attitudes, and one idea which all have in common,
is the concept of Fate. No matter how widespread the separation
of the various groups of our folk, or the difference in language,
which in time made one foreign to the other, the prevalent idea
of Fate goes back in the religious concept of our peoples at
least six thousand years.
concept of Fate must not be mistaken for fatalism, Indo-Europeans
have always rather tended to raise the power of Destiny above
that of the Gods. The three best known mythologies of our forefathers:
The Greek, the Roman and the Nordic all have the same concept;
the names are of course different, -- but Fate is always stronger
than Gods and men.
were three "Sisters of Fate", in Greek mythology they
were called the Moirai, their names were Clotho, Lachesis and
Atropos; the Romans called their three Fates the Parcae, the
names being Nona, Decima and Morta, in Nordic mythology they
were Urdr, Verdandi and Skuld.
well known Saga in Nordic mythology is the Voluspo; it tells
about the coming of the three fates. First it tells about the
beginning of all things, then it relates how beautiful the earth
was: it was always summer, the grass was forever green, the
fields bore self-sown grain, time was not and the world was
young; - this was the way things were -- "till thither
came up giant-maids three, huge with might, out of Jotunheim".
With the arrival of the "three giant-maids", we are
told, things changed drastically, for from then on both Gods
and men were subject for Fate -- or Destiny.
three sisters were thought of as spinners, or weavers; one spun
the life thread, the second measured the thread and the third
sister cut it and thereby ended man's life.
English literature there are several references to a word "'wyrd"
meaning Fate or Destiny. But it seems reasonable to think that
Wyrd originally was the name of one of the three sisters, the
names of the other two having been lost over the years, although
mentions "The three Weird Sisters".
three Fates in all variations were connected with a well, a
spring of holy waters and always they were close to a tree.
In Nordic mythology the tree of course is Yggdrasil, the World
Ash. The well near which the Norns lived was at the root of
the World Ash, and one of their duties, besides measuring men's
lived was to daily water the roots of Yggdrasil with the well's
holy water, in order to prevent the roots from withering or
is just one example of the many thoughts our forefathers had
in common. If we were able to dig into the past of other branches
of our people, I'm sure we would find many similar patterns,
by far outnumbering the differences. It is indeed a mistake
to talk about Estonians and Frenchmen not being related or English
and Belgians, or Germans and Americans. We are first cousins
who have branched out to build different nations, with different
ways and customs,but with spiritual values and concepts deeply
rooted in the old Indo-European traditions and spiritual attitudes.
* * * * * * * * *
word "honeymoon" derives from a custom of the Norsemen.
For a full month after a wedding the newlyweds each day had
a sip of mead, which is a fermented drink made of honey. It
was supposed to bring them luck and good health.
* * * * * * * * *
"Talk little, do much,
be, rather than seem".
* * * * * * * * *
THE MOST ANCIENT BARBARIANS
five thousand years ago the people who lived in the area north
of the Black Sea began to develop a life-style which was to
have an important impact on history We do not know the name
people, but archaeologists have call cd them the Ochre Grave,
Corded Pottery, or Battleaxe Folk, from the graves and artifacts
they have left behind. At the time these people emerged, the
Sumerian civilization already existed on the Euphrates River,
about seven hundred miles across the Caucasian Mountains.
of us have heard or read a great deal more about the Sumerian
or later civilization of Mesopotamia than about the Battleaxe
Folk. Of course, there is a lot more archaeological evidence
about the former; also, we tend to be more impressed by stone
architecture, art work or writings of a civilization than the
humbler remains of an apparently more primitive people. However,
it is not surprising that some archaeological, ethnological
writers have indicated similarities in Battleaxe and Sumerian
artifacts , especially as the axe-like tool for which the former
are named, is an almost exact copy in stone of the Sumerian
copper axe. Physical anthropologists have point to the interesting
fact that the Battleaxe and Sumerians must have been racially
closely related. Furthermore, ethnologists suggest that Indo-European
religions show similarities to Sumeria, and philologists tell
us that in many European languages the word for copper derive
from the Sumerian. These points suggest a link between the Indo-Europeans
and Sumerians which might quite probably have been through the
the relationship between the Battleaxe Folk and Sumerians may
have been, it is certain that the differences were more important
than the similarities. Civilization arose among the Sumerians
because of the need for a fairly complex form of social organization.
The Sumerians lived in a land which had little rainfall, but
it did have a river. At first they tilled land which was watered
naturally by the spring floods, but eventually they realized
that they could utilize more land through artificial irrigation.
This project required the co-ordinated efforts of many people.
The priests assumed leadership , the irrigation proved successful
and the material well-being of the people improved. However,
the priestly class exerted their power to demand a portion of
the surplus for the glorification and appeasement of the gods.
Before long the priests paid more attention to wealth and status
than to the welfare of the people and their rule became oppressive.
--Often those who give leadership in the beginning wind up using
their power for oppression; this was a problem then as it is
society of the so-called "barbarian" Battleaxe Folk
was simpler. They were no longer savages, relying on hunting
and food gathering; they had learned to farm and keep flock,
and their fields were watered by rainfall, not irrigation, which
gave each man independence. However, these early farmers did
not know about the fallowing and fertilizing of land, so occasionally
the people had to move to find fresh land for crops as well
as new pasture for the animals. This kind of semi-nomadism often
brought conflict between the tribes over some important area
of land. The Battleaxe Folk in time became rather warlike, and
virtually every man had to be a warrior when the need arose.
Consequently their leaders were rather great warriors than priests.
In contrast to the Sumerians these leaders rarely retained their
power for long periods of time and did not become despotic.
barbarian life-style and spiritual qualities which appear very
attractive compared to the early so called civilized life of
the Sumerians. In fact, the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk
and other people who copied them, preserved a vigorous
nomadic life-style, which posed a continuous
threat to civilization as late as seven hundred years ago.
even more important, the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk were
to have a profound and beneficial effect on civilization itself.
were the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk? There are no direct
written records, but archaeologists, ethnologists, and prehistorians
have discovered some clues. We know for certain that the Battleaxe
Culture spread throughout Northern Europe around 2,000 B.C.
Although the influence of other peoples in the immediately following
bronze age period was strong, especially in Western Europe;
by 1,800 B.C. the Celtic, Italic and Greek tribes were appearing
in Central Europe, the Italian and Greek peninsulas respectively
. Not later than 1,600 B.C. far to the east, the Aryans were
poised for their dramatic invasion of Northern India. We know
definitely that there were common cultural, linguistic and racial
characteristics among these people. They were the Indo-Europeans.
The chronological and geographical implications are strong and
furthermore there is anthropological evidence that all of them
were descendents of the Battle axe people, though with some
other mixture, especially in the West.
roles of these and all later Indo-European peoples like the
Persians, Romans, Germans and Slavs are central to world history
itself,. These people built not one, but several civilizations
of which our own Western civilization is the latest, and perhaps
the greatest. When we compare Persian, Aryan-Indian, Greco-Roman
and Western civilizations we note many differences, but when
we look back to the roots in the barbarian past, the profound
similarities are obvious. In the earlier stages the peoples
who built these civilizations manifested the qualities and aggressiveness
and a vigorous desire to overcome all obstacles, whether material
or human, individual independence combined with loyalty to family
and tribe, ad the need for individual achievement and enhancement
of status. These qualities which all members of Western civilization
should cherish, are an inheritance that we can trace back to
the late stone age and the Battleaxe Folk. Surely we owe these
people at least as great a memorial as we do the ancient civilizations
of Egypt and Sumeria. -- Modern education does not give them
this recognition, but we feel that if we neglect these ancient
Indo-European values, we leave human dignity behind.
for oneself is always
arduous and is sometimes painful.
is the hammer-wielding son of Odin. He is the big, boisterous
owner of Mjolnir, the hammer which only Thor is able to use
and, never mind in which direction he flings it, -- always it
comes back to his hand by itself.
represents energy -- power; the names of his two sons mean"courage"
and "strength" and the God himself stands for the
unconquerable spirit which was part of our forefathers' nature.
is also the great slayer of the World Serpent, Jormungand. The
World Serpent was the monster which surrounded the homes of
Gods and men and with its power of Evil was threatening to stifle
and strangle all that was good in the world.
the final battle, brave Thor throws himself whole-heartedly
into the last confrontation with the vile monster and kills
the evil fiend. He pays for the victory with his own life, but
he saved Midgard, the home of Men, from the giant; and -- so
the Saga tells, ever after men were able to live on earth, peacefully
and without fear.
is what makes Thor so dear to our hearts.
have for some time been favoured with two philosophical trains
of thought, existing side by side.
maintains that man should be "good and virtuous" and
if society is built and governed by virtuous man, it will be
good. However, when this turns out not to be the case, it is
blamed, not on the philosophy but on the men in office. "They
must be wicked", says this school, "the people they
govern must be bad and they deserve punishment", i.e. if
the social organizations do not function properly , it is because
of defects in the character of the persons belonging to the
other train of thought does not accept anything but facts, and
will not regard as essential anything which does not conform
with the facts known to it. These are the people who declare
that men are not able to chose between right and wrong, but
are shaped by their environment and are therefore not accountable
for their actions, which they cannot do anything about.
our system of things both may be true in a sense. Those members
of society who are economically less fortunate will find themselves
in situations where "the environment is more powerful in
shaping them than they are shaping their environment";
whereas the more well-to-do may be able to make a choice, good
is also true that those people who find themselves on the lower
rungs of the economical ladder and would like to change the
social structure, are usually those who are the most powerless
to do so.
ideas, however, are based on the false premise of reward and
punishment: If you are good you will have work, and thereby
earn money to fill your needs, and you will be happy. If you
are unemployed and unable to buy the things needed for yourself
and your family, there must be something wrong with you, and
this is your punishment for being bad.
is of course ridiculous, as if it mattered whether the person
who produces your butter or paints your car is good or bad in
a moral sense; what matters is proficiency.
people lack is not work. Why should they work more than necessary
when they have, or could have machines to do the work for them.
We should by now have passed the idea of "by the sweat
of your brow shall you eat your bread."
say they would not know what to do with more leisure time, others
say that there would be more crime. These arguments do not hold
water, since Labor is trying to cut working hours and the crime
rate is the highest ever.
the situation is not going to get much better until people begin
to realize that all progress in the production apparatus, together
with the natural resources of the earth, must be regarded as
the common heritage of all individuals in a democracy. The degree
which at the present time has been reached in skill and science
is accrued profit ont he work and inventions of previous generations,
and therefore the property of all members of society.
implication is that each and every one is a shareholder in the
riches of the community; a further implication is that in a
"just society" every shareholder should have his part
of the profit, not as a hand-out, but as his cumulative birthright.
it sound socialistic? It is not, it is a realistic acknowledgment
of the achievements of the generations before us, the results
of which there fore do not belong to a few selected members
of society, but are property of ALL. In any business all shareholders
get the same dividends, why should not the members of "Enterprise
Society" be entitled to the same consideration?
it sound fantastic? It certainly is not. Society is able to
to produce many times over the amount
of goods and services it does now, and with
fewer man hours, if only the voters could demand of their elected
representatives that they take full advantage of the degree
to which the skill and imagination of the people, working within
the production system has risen.
(Based on an article, printed in VALKYRIE/65,a Rhodesian
celebration of Easter more or less coincides with the Spring
Equinox. It was undoubtedly the most cheerful of the major Indo-European
festivals and had neither the intensity of feeling, engendered
by Yule nor the poignancy of the Harvest or Autumn Equinox.
This was the time when the snow melted, the rivers thawed, the
warm sun caused Nature to put on her new green mantle trimmed
with the first Spring flowers in fields and forests. So the
Spring festival at once celebrated the end of the long winter
and the beginning of a new year of activity
season, each activity, each celebration of course had its own
special God or Goddess. The celebrations in Spring have always
been associated with fertility, because of the close connection
with the life-giving Sun, the warm rain, the coming-alive of
Nature after the long winter sleep. So it was in all the world,
and the old Gods therefore had many names. In Assyria the Fertility
Goddess was known as Ishtar, and the Babylonians paid tribute
to the Goddess Astare, both names pronounced "Easter".
the Indo-European peoples the Goddess of Spring also had many
names. The Teutons called her Ostare or Eostra, the Anglo-Saxons
knew her at one time as Erce, the Angles on the Continent worshipped
her as Nerthus. The Nordics identified Spring with the Goddess
Freya (Frigg) in whom the Romans saw their Venus; -- both were
reputed to be very beautiful with the result that we still celebrate
them once a week on Friday (Freya's day) which the Romans knew
as "dies Veneris."
Easter is basically a celebration of the warm, life-giving Sun
it is not surprising that in many places the lighting of new
fires is included in the main Easter rites. In Germany fires
were lit on top of every mountain; in the Frisian islands and
Lowlands bonfires are still lit as a welcome to the Sun. On
a particular day, usually around Easter, people in Northern
Germany, Denmark and England climbed a hill top before dawn
to witness the rising of the Sun. At the beginning of the Spring
plowing it was the custom in Anglo-Saxon England to make
a small cake, dedicate it to the Gods and bury it at the end
of the furrow as an offering which would bring fertility to
than take upon itself the almost impossible task of obliterating
Easter, the Christian Church took the easier course of accepting
it into its own ritual calendar, but re-casting it in a suitable
Christian form. This created no great problem for the story
of the resurrection of Christ, -- itself of pre-Christian origin
and closely connected with the Spring rites of the Levant, lent
itself readily to a take-over of the old Indo-European festival.
The flowers in the churches and the green and yellow vestments
worn by the priests symbolize the mighty Sun and the renewed
fertility of Nature.
is surely a matter of deep satisfaction that, for all the Christian
trappings, we have never really denied the Goddess of Spring
her rightful dues.
is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only
the fruit of labour, and could not have existed if labour
had not existed first. Labour is the superior of capital
and deserves much the higher consideration".
has been said about the "silent majority." The only
pertinent consideration however, is the question: Why is the
majority silent? I believe there are two aspects of the main
of all, our Indo-European ancestors did not consider it proper
to reprehend their friends; as brave and bold as they were when
facing their foes, just as restrained were they when dealing
with people within their community. Even if they had good reason
to feel angry or offended, they were admonished to keep calm
and avoid fights between kinsmen.
was it thought manly to complain, lest somebody might think
you were paltry or petty-minded; it was therefore frowned upon
to show signs of annoyance or displeasure.
has by some been mistaken as indifference or coarseness. It
wes neither; both attitudes originated directly from the religious
outlook of the period before the acceptance of Christianity.
The Indo-Europeans of that time accepted life's harshness and
unfairness with a spirit of heroic serenity: "The great-gift
of the Gods was readiness to face the world as it was",
and with a realistic confidence that if you proudly confronted
your destiny, the Gods were on your side.
of the important tenets with which most Christian denominations
agree is, that man shall be patient he must endure whatever
comes his way, the more resigned he is, the dearer is he to
Christianity became the religion of the West, this particular
aspect of the Christian belief was merged with the old Indo-European
attitude of "come what may".
result of this fusion is the basis of the well known "put
up or shut up" attitude so common these days -- and more
often it is "put up" as well as "shut up".
Just consider how the impotent populations of all nations of
the West are putting up with the semantics of their political
and spiritual leaders!
I believe, is the main reason for the silence of the majority
-- However, signs, healthy signs begin to appear, showing that
many people realize the cause for this unnatural spiritual deadlock;
-- citizens are more outspoken, -- they are getting angry; still,
there is no method in the madness;but understanding the intellectual
reasons for this suicidal reticence is the first step on the
road out of the present impasse.
from your knees, kinsmen!
Beware the fury
Of a patient man.
THE SPRING EQUINOX
should this year be celebrated on Saturday, Mar. 18.
Odinists are urged to mark the day in company of good friends,
with a lass of cheer and a warm welcome to the lovely Spring
would also be a good opportunity for making plans ahead -- not
the summer vacation, although this is always pleasant, but rather
a determined effort to find out how YOU are able to contribute
to the Preservation of our Culture, to the Protection of the
West, to the Propagation of Odinism.
Matth. 7.3. (The Sermon on the Mount) you can find one of the
oldest truths in the history of man; it is said: "Why do
you look at the straw in your brother's eye, but do not consider
the rafter in your own," meaning of course that you can
easily find fault with other people, even your brother and kinsman,
his actions, his Hays and his ideas.
expresses the same senti-
ment with these words:
paltry man, and poor of mind,
all things ever mock;
never he knows,
he ought to know,
he is not free from fault.
same thought, phrased in various ways, is often set forth in
literature and voiced in speeches.
isn't it about time we begin to realize the truth in these old
sayings, and act accordingly? It is so easy to mock, to snicker,
to be sarcastic; but all we, who are working towards the same
goal, must stand together. We might take different routes, but
as long as we are working for the same end result, we should
support and help, rather than hinder and harass.
us for once have UNITY in the WEST, -- let us ridicule those
who are distorting our culture, let us pester all who are hostile
to our beliefs, but let us join spiritual and intellectual forces
with kindred souls and form, if not a union then at least a
the present time the alternative is not between change
and no change, but between a change for the better, or
a change for the worse.
C. H. Douglas.
organism must be true to its own inner law of existence,
or it will sicken and die.
I attended high school, our history teacher began every class
by quoting an old saying which went as follows: "A nation
without a knowledge of the past, is like a ship without a rudder."
To describe my belief in Odinism, I would like to change this
saying to read: "A man without a knowledge of his cultural
heritage, is like a ship without a rudder"
as a human being, did not just arrive on this earth out of nowhere.
Your whole being, both body and mind, carne from the past. Your
physical appearance and mental temperament are both products
of the heritage from your ancestors.
no matter what people you descended from, your ancestors' intelligence
and long hard struggles gave you something else. Something far
greater and far more valuable to you than your appearance or
temperament. That something is the traditions and way of life
of a particular culture. A culture whose traditions and life-style
evolved from the life-outlook, or soul, of your ancestors and
you, both body and soul, are reflections of your parents and
forefathers, their instinctive reaction patterns to life are
also yours and the culture they evolved is one which reflects
their, and hence your basic nature. A culture which you are
a part of, as a single tree is a part of the forest. A culture
that like a parent, gave you birth.
as this culture is really "you" multiplied many fold,
your dreams and ambitions in life are also the dreams and ambitions
of the culture-soul. And without a knowledge of your cultural
heritage, you cannot have a true knowledge of yourself, or of