A fragment of our lost past
Once all Aryans shared the same religion, it’s the religion our ancestors already brought with them when they first immigrated into Europe and the Middle East. Our ancient homeland went lost, the Aryans in different regions lost track of each other and so the believes changed over time. From a single source-religion different believe systems emerged; Germanic-, Celtic-, Roman-, Greek-, Slavic-, and Persian- polytheism, just to name a few. When the Aryan race split into sub-races, the religion they once shared split as well.
What were their believes?
I’m currently trying to reconstruct the ancient polytheistic believe system of our ancestors by cutting it down to those basic elements all those systems share. I’m still not done with it yet but I’m can try to provide an overview about the believes, the gods, and the relation of the people to them. I consider myself to be an Aryan polytheist by the way for I always feeled more connected to nature and her creations than to some anorganic-spiritualism.
We see Gaya, the earth, as our mother, Since she gave birth to all living creatures alike, she is our all mother. One should respect his parents and family and so we have a huge respect for nature and her creations. We consider the father of the gods, known under many names (Zeus, Wotan, Odin to name a few), as our father. He created us to resemble him, and with the exception of our mortal body and the need to do slavish things that come with it, we resemble the gods. Just like the gods themselves, we became the power of thought, which is the power to become a creator. With this act our father set us free and therefore we believe that we shall not serve but live as free man. For in points of intelligence we are not inferior to the gods for intelligence is only measured by thoughts, not size or age.
“Consider who you are. In the first place, you are a man; and this is one who has nothing superior to the faculty of the will, but all other things subjected to it; and the faculty itself he possesses unenslaved and free from subjection. Consider then from what things you have been separated by reason. You have been separated from wild beasts: you have been separated from domestic animals. Further, you are a citizen of the world, and a part of it, not one of the subservient, but one of the principal parts, for you are capable of comprehending the divine administration and of considering the connection of things.”
— Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher and Aryan polytheist, The Discourses (55-135b.c.)
The other gods we consider us our immortal brothers since we share the same ancestry with them. Similar to the Japanese for example, our ancestors connected different gods to different things; a god of thunder, Thor, a god of the sea, Poseidon, a good of spring, and many more. And after we die, we believe that we go to the place where the gods and our ancestors are, which is very similar to the believes in Christianity or Islam by the way.
These are more or less the basic believes of Aryan polytheism when reduced to the elements commen to all sub-religions that developed over time. It’s probably save to assume that those were more or less the believes our ancestors already had with them when they left our ancient homeland, where ever that may was.
Believes not so commen in Aryan polytheism
Like I said, the Aryan race splittered into sub-races and so did the religion. Overtime some believe systems adopted new elements while other more or less remained the same. The Greeks for example believed in a world before our own that was not ruled by the current gods but by their predecessor, the titans. Fallowing their believes, Gaya, Earth goddess, and Uranus, the god of sky and first ruler, gave birth to the titans. Cronus, the son of Uranus, took the place of his father by castrating him. By this act Crones became the rules of the titans. But Cronos, who made it a practise to swallow his children, got tricked by his first wife, Rhea/Gaya, she secretly gave birth to Zeus, the father of the gods. Zeus eventually defeated the titans and banned them to the Tartarus. That’s how the age of the titans ended and ours began, at least based on Greek mythology.
Main differences to monotheistic religions like Christianity or Islam
The main difference I believe is how we see ourselves and our relation to the world and the gods. In monotheistic religions, monotonoism, god is something divine, something far beyond our reach. Humans are seen as servants which shall not question their “lord”. Obedience is seen as virtue in Christianity and Islam alike. In Aryan polytheism one the other hand we see ourselves as more or less mortal versions of the gods. We believe that the gods set us free, why should we serve anyone and bring shame to our father? Why should we not make use of what our father gave us? Why should we fallow static dogmas when our father gave us the power to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong? Would he had set as free if he wanted us to be mere servants? “Zeus has set me free: do you think that he intended to allow his own son to be enslaved?”
“God is beneficial. But the Good also is beneficial. It is consistent then that where the nature of God is, there also the nature of the good should be. What then is the nature of God? Flesh? Certainly not. An estate in land? By no means. Fame? No. Is it intelligence, knowledge, right reason? Yes. Herein then simply seek the nature of the good; for I suppose that you do not seek it in a plant. No. Do you seek it in an irrational animal? No. If then you seek it in a rational animal, why do you still seek it anywhere except in the superiority of rational over irrational animals? Now plants have not even the power of using appearances, and for this reason you do not apply the term good to them. The good then requires the use of appearances. Does it require this use only? For if you say that it requires this use only, say that the good, and that happiness and unhappiness are in irrational animals also. But you do not say this, and you do right; for if they possess even in the highest degree the use of appearances, yet they have not the faculty of understanding the use of appearances; and there is good reason for this, for they exist for the purpose of serving others, and they exercise no superiority. For the ass, I suppose, does not exist for any superiority over others. No; but because we had need of a back which is able to bear something; and in truth we had need also of his being able to walk, and for this reason he received also the faculty of making use of appearances, for otherwise he would not have been able to walk. And here then the matter stopped. For if he had also received the faculty of comprehending the use of appearances, it is plain that consistently with reason he would not then have been subjected to us, nor would he have done us these services, but he would have been equal to us and like to us.
Will you not then seek the nature of good in the rational animal? for if it is not there, you not choose to say that it exists in any other thing. “What then? are not plants and animals also the works of God?” They are; but they are not superior things, nor yet parts of the Gods. But you are a superior thing; you are a portion separated from the deity; you have in yourself a certain portion of him. Why then are you ignorant of your own noble descent? Why do you not know whence you came? will you not remember when you are eating, who you are who eat and whom you feed? When you are in conjunction with a woman, will you not remember who you are who do this thing? When you are in social intercourse, when you are exercising yourself, when you are engaged in discussion, know you not that you are nourishing a god, that you are exercising a god? Wretch, you are carrying about a god with you, and you know it not. Do you think that I mean some God of silver or of gold, and external? You carry him within yourself, and you perceive not that you are polluting him by impure thoughts and dirty deeds. … God has introduced man to be a spectator of God and of His works; and not only a spectator of them, but an interpreter. For this reason it is shameful for man to begin and to end where irrational animals do, but rather he ought to begin where they begin, and to end where nature ends in us; and nature ends in contemplation and understanding, in a way of life conformable to nature. Take care then not to die without having been spectators of these things.”
— Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher and Aryan polytheist, The Discourses (55-135b.c.)
Things not related to Aryan polytheism
We do not worship the devil, even thought some monotonoists in the past did claim such nonsense! We do not even believe in such a thing as a “devil”. Our gods are neither entirely good nor entirely evil, they are like us, after all they made us to resemble them. We also do not sacrifice humans or such nonsense. Most you probably heard about pagans has no relation what so ever with reality. Most claims were made up by those monotoistic invaders that destroyed our artifacts and temple, “winners history”. My people for example resisted Christianity till around the late 12. century when Prussia got eventually conquered by the Teutonic knights, a military religious order. Christianity was forced upon us by the sword!
For a further look into the subject matter and related topics:
- Tacitus on Germany (an account on the life of Germanic pagans)
- Epictetus – The Discourses (110 a.d.)