The Effects of Polytheism

[Previous typos have been corrected]

Anthropomorphic deities in any religion often serve as a model by which humans shape their lives, and order their actions. Christians sometimes ask what would Jesus do? and such things as this. In the ancient Hellenic world, a warrior might ask what would Ares do? or a  ruler might ask what would Zeus do? In a strictly, perhaps fanatically monotheistic system, because there is only one unique divinity, everyone strives to have all the same virtues, often embodied in that divinity, and all the same qualities; ethics are universalized. In the enlightenment, this manifested itself in the ethics of Kant and the destruction of aristocracy; and in more modern times it is manifested through the destruction of traditional gender roles.

In a polytheistic system, however, different gods act as a  role model for certain vocations. Zeus (and similar deities such as Odin and Varuna) is a role model for judges, and people for whom wisdom and justice are necessary virtues, Ares is the role model for the warrior, Apollo for the young man, student or athlete, Rhea for the mother, and there are many others. If one takes a broader view of Indo-European religion, one will find that the various deities usually act as archetypes corresponding to the various “three estates”: the oratores, bellatores, and laboratores (priests, aristocrats, and commoners). Research Georges Dumezil’s Trifunctional Hypothesis to find out more about this. Polytheism, for our ancestors, was not just some silly idea of Zeus throwing thunderbolts at people he was angry at (you can also find many such instances of so-called ‘silliness’ coming from the monotheistic deity of the Pentateuch). For them, polytheism was a cosmic blueprint for how society was supposed to be run. Not everyone worshiped the same gods nor was everyone expected to live up to the same virtues. The hierarchy among the gods, and their various duties in keeping cosmic order was the model for a hierarchy among humans and their various roles in a complete society. The different virtues of different gods marked the virtues different virtues different people were supposed to aim for depending on who they were, whether a priest, king, warrior, or farmer. Polytheism is probably the most reliable way to avoid Kantian categorical imperative ethics because it destroys the notion that all maxims by which individuals act must become universal law. It does this through the multiplicity of archetypes, showing that there are inevitably different types of humans with different virtues to be exercised.

Catholicism and Orthodoxy kept a quasi-polytheistic tradition going through a hierarchy of saints and angels, whom devotees would look up to in iconography. A warrior might look up to St. George, a mother to St. Mary, etc. The patron deities which set the virtues for various vocations were replaced by patron saints which served the same function. However, once all vestiges of polytheism were lost through radical Protestantism, we lost our blueprint for an orderly society where each person fulfilled his or her role according to his or her inherent virtue(s); humans became ‘equivalent’ understood as interchangeable units, leading to utilitarianism, democracy, Marxism, ‘gender studies’, and globalism.

So if any religious revival is to take place in the West, polytheism, or a similar system such as the veneration of saints found in Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, and Lutheranism, must be present in some form or another.  We cannot build a new West on the foundations of evangelicalism, Puritanism, or any other form of radical Protestantism. We must have anthropomorphic ideals and archetypes in place to encourage mothers to be caring for their young, warriors to be courageous and fierce, rulers to be just, and so forth. Otherwise, we will just end up back where we started.

Mitra-Varuna

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The ethnocentric portion of the neoreaction seems to have taken two different strategies comparable to the means of warfare represented by the two Indo-European sovereignty deities, known from the Vedas as Mitra and Varuna, Germanic myth as Tiwaz and Wodanaz, and Roman religion as Dius Fidius and Iuppiter (Jupiter). Whereas Mitra represents the priest, jurist, and lawyer, Varuna represents a vengeful magician king, as do his counterparts Woden, and Jupiter. This distinction is explained fully in Georges Dumezil’s work Mitra-Varuna, but it can also be observed by the casual scholar of the Indic Vedas, Norse Eddas, and the ancient Roman religion. If you are unfamiliar with this theory, you can view Dumezil’s book here.

Woden/Odin, the Germanic Varuna

The nature of the Alt-Right is, and has been, a fundamentally Wodenic, or Varunian one. It is often focused on a sort of racial mysticism, combined often with an independent, Nietzschean type of irreligion and an ecstatic frenzy for warfare. It has also attracted outcasts from every corner of society under the hegemony of political correctness, which reminds one of Odin’s role as a patron of outcasts (you can read about his various attributes here). On the other hand, Propertarians represent a type of neoreaction more akin to the characters of Mitra, Dius Fidius or Tiwaz. Unlike the Varunian Alt-Right, Propertarians seek to take advantage of the concept of justice, contracts, courts, and the law to get their way, only using violence when these methods fail to produce desired outcomes. Ultimately, each approach applies itself to different circumstances, and both will likely be necessary for the neoreaction to have its intended effects.

The following videos highlight some quotes of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. I think there is a fundamentally Wodenic, or Varunian spirit in both of their philosophies, but particularly in the highly individualistic viewpoint Nietzsche.

-Update 1/3/2017-

The Mitra-Varuna dichotomy I describe above seems to mesh fairly well with the Nietzschean concepts of the Apollonian (corresponding to Mitra) and the Dionysian (corresponding to Varuna). Nietzsche, of course is very Dionysian; he is a reaction against the excessive Apollonianism which began with the Protestant Reformation and continued with Whig politics, and the Enlightenment values which still pervade to this day.

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Towards an Ethnic European Group Evolutionary Strategy

If anyone reading this article has heard of Dr.Kevin MacDonald and knows the summary of his notable works The Culture of Critique, and Separation and its Discontents, Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism, one understands the importance of a group evolutionary strategy in the survival and well-being of a people. MacDonald argues that Christianity acted as a group evolutionary strategy against Judaism (also a group evolutionary strategy), and a read through the New Testament would seem to confirm this.

To me, it is obvious that the Christianity in its modern form (since the Nominalist revolution in philosophy) has encouraged ethnic Europeans to be less ethnocentric, and is thus no longer a suitable group evolutionary strategy for ethnic Europeans. A replacement is needed, and many have responded to this need with the idea that it is necessary to revive pre-Christian polytheistic religions. I agree that it would be romantic to revive Asatru, Nova Roma, Hellenismos, Neo-Druidism, Romuva etc. as ethnic religions.  However, the reality of the situation is that many if not most Asatruars, and many other neopagans are hostile against European ethnocentric behavior. So it is also obvious to me that European polytheism does not effectively encourage ethnocentrism among ethnic Europeans, and is therefore not the solution we need. From this I have gathered that religion cannot be our sole, or even primary, group evolutionary strategy; we instead need something deeper which crosses all the religious barriers between different factions of the Alt-Right and Neoreaction.

What we need most of all is to pass down narratives. Narratives are powerful. One could argue that the entire Jewish group evolutionary strategy is centered around narrative, the Old Testament. As ethnic Europeans, we have a wealth of narratives to pass down to our children, students, pupils etc: Leonidas at Thermopylae, Arminius and the Battle of the Teutoberg forest, the story of Mucius Scaevola, and the Aeneid to name a few. All of which contain stories of men who bravely stood in the face of massive opposition just as we do today because they understood their duty their people, their ancestors, their children, and their nation.

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Additionally , there is an important meta-narrative, which appears to draw from many of the ones I have previously listed–the works Tolkien. Tolkien presented ethnic Europeans under the guise of hobbits, men and elves, all of whom would have their homelands attacked and people destroyed by orcs and servants of Melkor had it not been for their cooperative efforts both on the battlefield, and in destroying the One Ring. In Tolkien’s narratives one finds both the admonitions against cowardice, and the moral instruction which are needed for the formation of a group evolutionary strategy.

DON’T be a Denethor

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Rather, follow the example of Galadriel:

In the following video, she has no sympathy for her enemies; notice her words: “If you try to stop me, I will destroy you”. Also notice the cryptic language of Sauron: “You cannot fight the shadow. Even now you fade. One light alone in the darkness”. It sounds a lot like what the globalist cosmopolitans say to intimidate us: “You cannot keep your country white, we will wipe you out of existence, you are just a bunch of losers etc”. Yet as Galadriel says, and something we should all remind ourselves “I am not alone”.

More of the same from Sauron in the next video too: “The time of the Elves is over. The Age of the Orc has come”. Compare to: “The time of the European is over, the age of rapugees and ISIL has come”. Yet Galadriel is courageous, and eventually, she expels Sauron from Dol Goldur.

These narratives are what we need to be teaching our kids. From them, we can develop a full blown counter-narrative which will compete directly against the Europhobic, Cultural Marxist narrative of leftist academics, public education, and the mainstream media.