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Slavs and the History of Alcohol: An Etymological Journey

The article explores the deep connections between Slavic culture and the etymologies of various alcoholic drinks. It highlights the mythological figure Kvasir and links to Slavic fermentation practices, the ancient production of mead, and the etymological ties of beer, wine, and opium to Slavic words. By examining these linguistic and cultural connections, the article provides insight into the extensive historical influence of the Slavs on these beverages.

Sacred Vessels and Celestial Connections: The Mythic Legacy of Nestor’s Cup

Nestor’s Cup, a prominent artifact in Greek mythology, is described in the “Iliad” as a grand, four-handled vessel. The real-life discovery of a cup with an inscription on the island of Ischia links this myth to history. The article draws parallels between Nestor’s Cup and similar sacred vessels in Vedic, Celtic, Norse, and Christian traditions, highlighting shared themes of divine power and celestial symbolism. It also discusses the constellation Crater as a possible astronomical inspiration for these myths, emphasizing the interconnectedness of ancient cultures through shared mythological motifs.

Orion as a Goddess: Peeling the Layers of Ancient Star Lore

In this article we explore the multifaceted symbolism of the Orion constellation across various cultures. Orion, traditionally depicted as a male hunter in cultures like ancient Egypt, Thrace, and Vedic India, also shows potential female representations. The earliest depictions date back to the Lascaux Cave art (18,000 - 14,000 BC). The article highlights intriguing parallels, such as the Sleeping Lady of Malta and the goddess Diana, suggesting Orion might have been perceived as female in some ancient contexts. These representations point to a time when the supreme being was envisioned as a divine couple, embodying both male and female aspects, reflecting a balance in the nature and universe.

From Janus to Brahma: The Indo-European Guardians of Beginnings and Endings

Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions, is uniquely depicted with two faces, symbolizing his dominion over both past and future. His influence permeates Roman culture, from marking the start of the year in January to overseeing the gates of Rome. The Romans inherited Janus from the Etruscan deity Culsans, who similarly guarded thresholds with his dual-faced image. Fascinatingly, linguistic and cultural parallels connect Janus to the Vedic god Brahma, suggesting a mythological influence that goes further back in time.

Nemus Sorabense: “The Sorbian Forest” in the heart of ancient Sardinia

Nemus Sorabense, or “The Sorbian Forest,” was an ancient Roman mansio located in what is now Sorable or Sorabile in Sardinia, along the Karalis-Ulbia road. This site, near present-day Fonni, played a crucial role in Roman travel and trade until its destruction by the Vandals in the fifth century, aided by local Barbarians. The name suggests a historical connection to the Sorbs, an ancient Slavic group, which is further supported by the high prevalence of the I2a haplogroup in Sardinia, linking the island genetically to the Balkans. Notably, Ptolemy’s placement of Sardinians in Illyria adds another layer to this intriguing historical connection.

The Costoboci: Ancient Slavic Warriors of the Carpathians

The article provides a detailed overview of the Costoboci, ancient warriors who inhabited the Carpathian region (modern-day Romania, Ukraine, and Poland). They emerged in the 2nd century AD, launched raids across the Balkans, and mysteriously disappeared. Their cultural identity is debated, with associations to Dacian, Thracian, Sarmatian, Slavic, Germanic, or Celtic origins. The Costoboci are mentioned in historical records like Ptolemy’s “Geographia” and Roman accounts of their raids during the Marcomannic Wars. Their language remains largely unknown, though some names offer clues to their possible Slavic roots.