Archive for December, 2012

Happy Sixth Anniversary to Eliwagar, Norse Romantic Paganfolk Music

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“Above the northern wind and the raging sea, far away in the north,

stands a mighty land in between the fjords and the mountains,

where the wise spirit of the nordic ancestors

still are dancing with the northern lights and the midnight sun…

 

In an old farm laying in this ancient northern land – Norway –

lives Brenda “Runahild” Dahl,

playing and singing in honour of the ancient mighty nature and the folktales,

hailing to her forefathers and foremothers with her songs

that shall resound and ride with the wind

from the deep valleys to the eternal hyperborean sky…

 

So that the ancestral northern heritage shall forever live…”

[Text Above from Eliwagar Site]

Check out the Official Eliwagar Site


Need a New Year’s Resolution? Eat Less Meat

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Need a New Years Resolution? Wanna do something simple that can help the environment and reduce general suffering in the world?

Eat less meat.

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 18% of Green House Gases are attributed to raising animals as food (New York Times). When you think about it, this makes sense. Vast amounts of land are cleared of trees for animal containment. These animals in turn will eat much of the food on the land and fart it out in the form of Carbon Dioxide (it’s crude but true!).

You don’t have to go 100% cold turkey into the Vegetarian Lifestyle to make a difference (or I guess I should say no turkey).

Even committing to eating less meat in your day to day life can help.

One simple thing you can do is to start having a Meatless Monday (or a Tofu Tuesday if you prefer).

Or you can commit to buying your meat from more local based, small farms at the Farmer’s Market.

Most Americans eat too much meat anyways – consuming an average of 200 pounds a year. That’s about 67 Telephone books!

Most sources say that you only need to eat 5-6 ounces of protein a day (that’s about the size of a deck of cards). Yet the average American eats twice that amount (Huffington Post). The ideal diet is composed of high amounts of fruits, veggies, whole grains and a small amount of lean meats (with a focus more on poultry and eggs than red meat). Reducing your consumption of meat (red meat in particular) can increase your lifespan, reduce your weight and improve your overall health.

You are what you eat. Would you rather be a pig or a lean bean?

HELPFUL INFOGRAPHIC

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SOURCE


A List of Women Warriors in Folklore

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Fferyllt – Yule

Cheesy Video, Kick Ass Song

Genre: Folk Metal

Themes: Paganism, Asatru, Druidism

I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the day with some Yule themed music. First of all – yes, I know this video is a tad cheesy. And no, I don’t know what 1970’s movie they got the footage of their viking ship from. Nor do I know why their singer is wandering through the woods wearing what looks like a prom dress – or why the guitarist is wearing an Abercrombie shirt in the video of all things! Big folk metal no no!

But with all that said, I also understand that not every band can afford to have thousands of dollars at their disposal for the making of a professional video. Everyone has to start somewhere. Also, I think some aspects of this video were clever. Such as the montage between the casting of the runes to the pushing of dials on the sound mixing board – bringing together elements of the old and the new.

With the video aside, I think their music kicks ass. So much great folk metal comes from Russia these days. I swear, they must have a hidden folk metaler machine in Moscow somewhere.


Yule Blessing Poem

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Happy Yule to you and to all

With the nights long and the days small

Eventually the sun will bring brighter days

To end the darkness, cold and malaise

Until then stay warm with a good mead or ale

And let the love of family and friends prevail

For the light of the sun king will return to Earth

Bringing renewal, fertility, growth and rebirth


Apocalypse Metal Playlist

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(“Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”)

So what if the Apocalypse does happen? Well, there is not much you can really do about it but sit back, drink a beer and ride out the destruction with some great metal music! Here is my Apocalypse Top Five for yall! Enjoy!

# 5 – AMON AMARTH – DEATH IN FIRE

 

# 4 – KATAKLYSM – TEN SECONDS FROM THE END 

 

#3 – NILE – ENDURING THE ETERNAL MOLESTATION OF FLAME

 

#2 – KREATOR – PHANTOM ANTICHRIST

 

#1 – MEGADETH – SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION 


Modern Day Mayans Not Worried About Apocalypse

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If you truly are worried about the Apocalypse let me give you some advice on what you can do. Collect all your valuables together: your gold, cash, ipods, etc. Then bring said valuables to my house and deposit. You won’t need such items in the coming Apocalypse, right?

I kid, I kid. People around the country are getting their panties in a triple knot because today marks the end of the Mayan Calendar. That must mean the end of the world, right? No! When the calendar on your fridge comes to an end, does that mean the world is over? Or does that mean it’s time to get a new calendar.

The fact of the matter is most of the Mayans alive today, in modern day Guatemala, are not panicking in the slightest over the so called “apocalypse.” For many Mayans, this is actually a time of rebirth. When better things will come in the following year. Check out the link below to a great video about modern day Mayans.

No panic in Guatemala over ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ – Americas – Al Jazeera English.