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Spyros Giasafakis “Chimaira” [HT Daemonia Nymphe] is an improvisation using a reconstructed Ancient Greek Lyra (lyre). Music written, arranged and performed by Spyros Giasafakis Σπύρος Γιασαφάκης, Female vocals by Louisa John Krol, Reproductions of ancient Greek instruments manufactured by Nikolaos Brass.

Orphic Hymn to Hekate in Ancient Greek

Orphic Hymn to Hekate in Ancient Greek” is a video by Melissaofthebees [HT irrumatrix]

My offering to Hekate, at Hekate’s Deipnon, sung in Ancient Greek.


Εἰνοδίαν Ἑκάτην κλῄζω, τριοδῖτιν, ἐραννήν,
οὐρανίαν χθονίαν τε καὶ εἰναλίαν, κροκόπεπλον,
τυμβιδίαν, ψυχαῖς νεκύων μέτα βακχεύουσαν,
Περσείαν, φιλέρημον, ἀγαλλομένην ἐλάφοισιν,
νυκτερίαν, σκυλακῖτιν, ἀμαιμάκετον βασίλειαν,
θηρόβρομον, ἄζωστον, ἀπρόσμαχον εἶδος ἔχουσαν,
ταυροπόλον, παντὸς κόσμου κληιδοῦχον ἄνασσαν,
ἡγεμόνην, νύμφην, κουροτρόφον, οὐρεσιφοῖτιν,
λισσομένοις κούρην τελεταῖς ὁσίαισι παρεῖναι
βουκόλῳ εὐμενέουσαν ἀεὶ κεχαρηότι θυμῷ.

ee-no-dee-an e-ka-teen klee-ee-zo, tree-o-dee-teen e-ra-neen
ou-ra-nee-an htho-nee-an te kee-na-lee-an, kro-ko-pe-plon
teem-bee-dee-an, psee-hes ne-kee-on me-ta bak-he-vou-san
per-see-an, fee-le-ree-mon, a-gal-lo-me-neen e-la-fee-seen
neek-te-ree-an, skee-la-kee-teen, a-me-ma-ke-ton va-see-lee-an
thee-ro-vro-mon, a-sos-ton, a-pros-ma-hon ee-dos e-hou-san,
tav-ro-po-lon, pa-dos kos-mou klee-ee-dou-hon a-nas-san,
ee-ye-mo-neen, neem-feen, kou-ro-tro-fon, ou-re-see-fee-teen,
lees-so-me-nees kou-reen te-le-tes o-see-e-see pa-ree-ne,
vou-ko-lo ev-me-ne-ou-san a-ee ke-ha-ree-o-tee thee-mo.

The Essence of Religion

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Essence of Religion by Ludwig Feuerbach, translated by Alexander Loos:

Ludwig Feuerbach's The Essence of Religion trans. Alexander Loos


This edition of Feuerbach’s The Essence of Religion is abridged by translator Alexander Loos: three only out of the thirty lectures appear under this cover. This text is the earlier, denser, and more “philosophical” exposition of views that are enlarged upon in the later Lectures on the Essence of Religion. The abridgement is not divided into three lectures according to its source, but simply presented as a continuous text of fifty-five numbered sections.

In contrast to the author’s earlier books on Christianity, this one takes a wider, more comparative approach, and consequently offers two complementary theories regarding the nature of religious thought, which is nevertheless always a confusion of subjective and objective phenomena. The Christian type takes the subjective human ideal as an objective cosmic force, while its earlier and less “sophisticated” complement, as is found in ancient Greek pagan cults, attires the objective powers of nature with the human sort of subjectivity.

As always, Feuerbach demonstrates the sane approach to the simple fact that There is no god but man. He writes of the “spiritual” sort of religion championed by Christians: “As the life to come is nothing but the continuation of this life uninterrupted by death, so the divine being is nothing but the continuation of the human being uninterrupted by Nature in general—the uninterrupted, unlimited nature of man” (63, ital. in original). He also exhibits his rancor and contempt for the theological enterprise. He he shows theology straining at gnats while swallowing camels, when it tries to remove the supernatural element from sacramental rites, while retaining the supernatural in stories of cosmic origin. “But it is in the world of theology just as in the political world; the small thieves are hanged, the great ones are suffered to escape” (58). [via]



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