This is fine ….

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In psychology the idea of creeping normality (aka landscape amnesia) is used to the idea that societies choose to fail or succeed. Jared Diamond in his 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed coined the term. The idea is a failing society might choose to go out with a whimper not a bang. That societies can slowly fall apart and fail.

 

Well I am seeing this inside many older Pagan organizations, where they refuse to address the problems, and just fade away, till nothing substantial is left. In particular for me, my previous pagan church Ár nDraíocht Féin is slowly dying. Members are not renewing in increasing numbers, long term dedicated members, such as clergy and initiates are refusing to acknowledge their qualifications, and leaving, or at leat retreating from service, and finally, Groves are disbanding, or defecting .
This last part is very problematic, as the Groves held a lot of membership. For a Grove to disband or defect, it means you have a group of members, who have decided they can’t continue. Sure one or two may remain, but it does mean that most members have called it quits in the unit. We are seeing larger and larger Groves make that call. Some have chosen to just stop being, others are making arrangements to make sure that their property and funds remain with them, rather than return to the mother organization.

 

Yet the Mother grove is sitting in a burning room saying “this  is fine. ADF will justify this, as people who are not dedicated to the “excellence”, not noticing that the excellence has long since decided enough is enough. As I’ve said here before, ADF is dying. But so are other large groups. We’ve not evolved as a group of spiritual practioners.

 

 

A little knowledge is dangerous …

Its funny looking into a sub-culture from the outside. You can see things that look “normal” to them, that are bizarre to everyone else. Yes I am going to be judging them. I’m not a Christian, I’m under no spiritual compunction not to judge 😛

 

The sub culture in this case is the white power movement. They latch onto some odd ideas to justify their core idea of “white people are the pinnacle of human evolution and social evolution”.

 

One of the most ridiculous examples they use is lactose persistence. The ability to drink milk, as an adult, and not have digestive issues.

 

But lets take a step back. Somewhere in the last decade or so, white power types have co-opted aspects of the straight edge lifestyle.

 

The what?

 

Straight edge grew out of the punk subculture and its members refrain from using alcohol, tabacco, and other drugs. Some taking it even further to not partake in promiscuous sex, caffeine, or even prescription drugs, though this last part is uncommon. Many members are however vegan.
Well the white power movement was for a time bedevilled by alcohol and elicit drug abuse. Many of the white power gangs made money through selling drugs (like methamphetamine) and of course partook in their product. But since the rise of the Alt-right, probably before that even, its been encourage to abstain from alcohol (at least in public), illicit drugs, most certainly promiscuous sex (more on that soon). They’ve adopted drinking milk in public displays of homoerotica…uh I mean supremacy. Yeah “supremacy”…. Well take a look for yourselves.

 

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Yes that’s  right, these homophobic white men, strip shirtless, and chug milk, jump around, and slam into each other. Embacing their manly, milk digesting, superior selves.

 

But what made this subculture decide that the ability to drink milk is a sign of being superior? One of their members must have had some level of education, and read that you could trace the migration of animal herding peoples that might be the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) culture. They stopped reading pretty much around there as far as I can tell.

 

A Quick lesson

 

Lactase persistence (the ability to digest milk using the lactase enzyme into adulthood is not the norm for most mammals, including humans. However sometime between two thousand and twenty thousand (2 000 to 20 000) years ago there was a mutation in the MCM6 gene that allowed digestion (using the lactasae enzyme) of milk to hang around (that’s the persistence part). The cultural advantage of this was, you did not have to kill the milk (lacatase) bearing animals you had domesticated, you could drink milk, make cheese and butter, and have a mobile food source.

 

Pretty cool right? Wow, those PIE folks were superior as hell right?

 

Well you white power nit wit, I have bad news for you. There are at least six different mutations (all good old single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the MCM6 gene), further its not unique in any way to Europeans. Its seen in Central Asia and Africa (which contains 5 of the 6 mutation variants). Africans really have to wind the white power types up. But sorry boys, its there, and they appear to have evolved all by themselves.

 

I don’t expect these goose-stepping fools to listen, or read, let alone understand this. They see milk as a symbol of white (its literally that colour) purity. The ability to drink it as a sign of being more evolved, and well its non-intoxicating right? Oh wait….. Add to this, the idea that people who avoid milk (especially if they are “white”) are liberal idiots, they even have a name for them “Soy Boys”. What we have here is a political movement co-opting science, for its own needs.

 

Sadly for these individuals they conveniently ignore some hard facts.

 

While the idea of “race” as we know it is pretty much social, not scientific, you can group people into broad clumps. The interesting thing is that if you go back several thousand years, you do not see the “races” that racists think of. In Europe there are three major groups that met, and blended:

 

  • The Hunter Gatherers (HG) of the Paelo and Mesolithic.
  • The First Farmers of the Mesolithic, probably from Anatolia.
  • The Steppe Pastoralis probably out of the Eurasian Steppe. Oh these are the people most likely to be the PIE folk I’ve mentioned.

 

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Figure 1: Hunter-Gatherer migration

 

The White power types always seem to want to be Hunter-Gatherers, thinking they are more manly, and primal. So lets talk about the HG peoples. Figure 1 shows how we believe they migrated int o Europe. You will notice the ice caps are on that map. These tough people were around near the end of the last Ice Age, and survived. They had blue eyes that account for 75% of the variation in blue eyes vs non-blue yes in modern Europeans. They had dark hair. What the racists will not like hearing is the next part, they had dark skin. Yes indeed, these were not white people. Bugger. This fact, when mentioned, causes racists to rant about Liberal academics, and that these folks could not have been white. What they don’t get, is anyone can test this, if they have the knowledge of how to an analyse the freely available ancient genome data.

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Figure 2: Migration of the First Famers.

 

The First farmers probably came out of Anatolia (or the farming skills did). Figure 2 shows the general migratory path they may have taken. Please note that these folks still had some ice to deal with, but Europe was thawing. No unmixed groups of these people survive today, though modern-Sardinians have the highest percentages of that group in their makeup. These people mixed with the HG people to some extent, ultimately leading to the extinction of that way of life, but its unclear if this was because the HG folk took farming up, or the unmixed groups died out. What is clear is that there were probably only a few thousand HG folk in Europe, due to the way of life being intensive. There were many thousands of these first farmers.

 

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Figure 3: Migrations of the Steppe Pastoralists.

 

The Steppe Pastoralist lifestyle came out of Eurasian steppe, and brought with it the beginnings of the Europe we know today. The Celts, Germans, Slavs, Italians, Greeks, etc can all traced to these pioneers. Its believed that somewhere on the Russian Steppes, the farmers mixed with the Hunter  gatherers of eastern Europe, to give the society call the Yamnaya culture, then around 5000 years ago, they entered Europe. Ultimately they replaced 90% of the farmers on Britain and 30% of those on the Iberian peninsula.

 

So the white power types all want to return to a hunter gather lifestyle (or be Vikings, not that they know what that means). So they need to darken their skin, stop drinking milk, oh and reduce their numbers a lot.

 

As for wanting to be Vikings. The job of Viking, was that just a job. On top of that, Vikings  tended to dress in a flashy manner, perfumed their hair, and beards, and gave control of their funds to their wives or mothers. They lived on an allowance. Oh and if their wife wanted a divorce? She just had to say it, and she got it. That’s not what the misogynistic Alt-right things now is it?

 

Ok last topic to tackle:

 

As I mentioned near the top. Part of some of the straight edge culture could include the lack of promiscuity. The white nationalist movement has grabbed this with both hands. They’re all about feminism killing the white race, and how a woman should be subservient to the male. But there is also the sub subculture, of the involuntary celibate (inCel). Not surprisingly a growing number of far right men, can’t get a relationship. This could be ascribed to a total inability to connect with women as people, but no, they claim it’s a feminist plot, to destroy the white race. ]

 

There you have it, the superior white male, who drinks milk, and wants to be a hunter gatherer and a Viking warrior, with subservient women, missing the point, milk digestion is not unique to the European, Vikings wore perfume and listened to their wife on matters of money, and the HG they idolize had dark skins. Chew on that boys.

 

That memory is not in your genes

An other less racist result from last weeks shenanigans online, was people bringing up the idea that “genetic memory” is a thing.

 

That is used by racists, but the general public have also mistake what this really is.

 

When people talk about studies in “genetic memory” they really are talking about epigenetics. This is “the study of heritable phenotype changes that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence”. Most of the studies have been performed on a very simple organisms (nematodes mostly), but has indeed been observed in humans. Though the “memory” is not quite what people want it to be. One of the most famous studies is one involving the descendants of the survivors of the Dutch Famine of 1944 to 1945. (1)

 

All well and good. But what did the study find? Well that the descendants tended to have an increased level of glucose intolerance into adulthood. There is only one problem here. That is a trend in modern populations anyway.

 

Similarly, descendants of Holocaust survivors have altered stress hormone level. (2)
While I am not going to deny there is a correlation of some sort here. I will stand up to anyone who calls this evidence of genetic memory. To begin with it does not involve changing the DNA directly, and then we move onto the fact, that glucose intolerance is not a memory in the brain. Using these as an example is a stress. It has to be noted the two main examples waved around, are most likely caused by catastrophically horrible events from a few generations ago. IF we were to say our religious preference is from 1500 years ago,  that’s a large number of generations (on the average of 25 years per generation that is 60 generations ago). What changed someone’s epigenetics enough, to make a modern recreation of spiritual practices of a dead culture so strong that their “blood calls out to it?”.

 

SO, no, genetic memory is not a thing for culture. No there is no scientific evidence of it. Stop playing in science. Stick to spirituality, and be happy.

References

  1. Veenendaal, M. V., et al. Transgenerational effects of prenatal exposure to the 1944-45 Dutch famine. BJOG. Apr 2003, Vol. 120, 5, pp. 548 -553.
  2. Rodriguez, Tori. Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Have Altered Stress Hormones. Scientific American. [Online] scientificamerican.com/article/descendants-of-holocaust-survivors-have-altered-stress-hormones/.

 

 

Worlds End

First I’ve had a good week of Music. I saw Queen plus Adam Lambert live

And I also got to hear the first single from Illumishade

Everything happens in cycles it seems, and well one particular topic seems to happen at least once every quarter.

 

Late last week, I got to play another round of whack-a-racist. There were two sources of this:

 

  • The Conovirus

And

  • The ever-present idea that your ancestral heritage, as proscribed by DNA tests, dictates your spiritual path in some way.

So lets talk about these in turn.

 

To me the most concerning one was the Coronavirus (more correctly A Novel Coronavirus aka nCoV) bigotry. So let’s start there.

 

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large common family of viruses. The can cause things from the Common cold, to the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and yes the current paranoia over nCoV.

 

Take a second to digest that. The common cold is one of the conditions that can be caused. Now to be fair the “common cold” is caused by over 200 different viruses, and that’s why we don’t have a vaccine for it. I would also point out to populations who had never been exposed to the “common cold”, such as the American First Nations, the common cold was devastating, and killed innumerable numbers.

 

Still not convinced. Then go google the “Spanish Flu” epidemic that began in 1918 (and is one reason that WW1 actually ended) and dragged on to December 1920. It had a mortality rate of about 20%. Let that sink in. 1 in 5 who caught it, died. ONE in FIVE. It is estimated to have infected 500 million people out of the estimated 1.8 billion alive at that time. The Death toll low estimate is 50 million, and probably was 100 million, or 3 to 6% of the planets humans died. This is all from a influenza that suddenly became much worse than the seasonal flu. For the record it is called the Spanish flu, not because it started there, its been traced to a battlefield hospital in France, the Spanish as a neutral nation in the world war, just reported honestly, and did not censor things. Indeed, some postulate that the Spanish flu ended the first world war faster than with out its presence.

 

Let’s look at nCoV, which is in its early days. There is the problem that many nations are not reporting in a timely manner on how many people have it, let alone how many are dead. But using the Johns Hopkins website  as of me typing this, there have been roughly 37 500 people with it, 2 900 got better, and 814 dead. Quick and dirty mathematics shows the mortality at the moment is about 2%.

 

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Figure 1

 

Figure 1 shows a breakdown of major viruses over the last 50 or so years, from Marberg to nCoV. Its early days but nCoV has actually the lowest morality rate of these so-called global pandemics. But let’s call it a Chinese virus, and shut every thing down ok? Now when I lived in the USA I got the H1N1 influenza of 2009, aka Swine Flu. I was very lucky to not get a severe case, but it did cost me 2 weeks off of work (they quarantined me from returning). In the US it had a mortality of 17.4%. DO we call this an American Virus? Because it started in either Mexico or the USA? Nope. We don’t. Was the USA quarantined from the rest of the world? Nope, business as usual.

 

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Figure 2

 

Add to this people claiming it is an escaped and engineered virus from a biolab in Wuhan, its nothing but racism. (Figure 2) Indeed some people think that the virus has HIV as part of it’s genome.  All because the Chinese are trying HV anti viral drugs to try and stop the progress in a host. People assume it’s a bioweapon. If it is it has done two things (a) Its failed, as its mortality is terrible (thankfully) and (b) who ever did it is really good at making it look natural. Sadly (a) and (b) are mutually excusive of one another.

 

Now for the other source of racism of my weekend.

 

DNA tests and ancestry. I’ve blogged on this so much, I am not going to even link the damned blogs. If in doubt go read them, if you don’t care? Why are you reading my blog then?

 

But in summary.

 

DNA tests:

 

  • DNA tests only give broad brush strokes of your ancestry. There is no marker for being (say) Celtic or Germanic. At best they tell you you are descended (say) from someone from the British Isles, or Western Europe. These tests are more likely to throw in a curve ball for you, like you have African heritage, or NO British heritage.
  • These tests are measuring a portion of your DNA, where they expect to find a three “letter” code, and it has changed potentially changed by a single letter. These are known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs). These are not unique to any ethnic group, but some have been shown to have a higher proportion of one over another.
  • The assigning of say “British Isles” heritage may vary depending on the company testing. Don’t get too attached to the results, or up in arms over them. As I’ve blogged I am either 1% Polynesian (from an old test I did at University in 2010), 1% African (according to Ancestry.com) or 1% Greek (according to another site, using the Ancestry data, but a different data base to compare it too).

 

Take all that and remember this.

 

Culture does not get transmitted by your DNA. You must learn it from someone. You are not born speaking the language, knowing the songs, the rituals, the sports. You learn that. So you could be a Pakistani born in Glasgow, who wears plaid and plays the bagpipes, and be more Scottish than someone in the USA who has done all the research into their ancestral clan (of course forgetting they are more than one Clan in heritage).

 

If you feel drawn to a spiritual path, because of your actual or perceived ancestry, more power to you. But even if your DNA test agrees with your personal gnoses, it still does not mean you are any more  that culture than anyone else is. Chances are you are drawn to a pre-Christian Indo-European path. That means you are at least 1000 years if not longer removed from that culture. Your more recent ancestors were all most likely Christian. So you are choosing to follow a path, and you are justifying it, based on something that is not actually so.

 

IF you can’t cope with this idea. Its not my fault. But be honest, you have all chosen this path on some level. I know I did.

 

A little retelling of my pagan history.

 

In High school (a Scottish Presbyterian private school I got a scholarship too, my mother worked to keep me in, and my absent father was made to pay to send me too) I identified initially as an atheist. But by what Americans would call my freshman year (the school was 7 years not 4, combining middle and High School) I had decided to walk the path that is today called heathenry. By the time I went to my first year of University that changed to “Celtic” Paganism. That began as “Druidry” but has over the decades become Celtic Reconstructionism. I did not go there, because I was drawn by ancestors, no I liked the myths, and Legends. Once there, the Gods (one in particular) drew me in deeper, but I can’t blame my DNA.

 

So moral of the story? Don’t be a racist prick. I’ll go after you 🙂

 

Elo elo elo what have we here?

Here we go here we go here we go

 

There is something metaphorically in the air at the moment, I keep stumbling across people who are defending clearly racist ideals, as not racist. I can not tell if they are embarrassed, deluded, or something else. But the most common one I come across is “Folkishness is not racist, its only a few people who spoil it for the rest of us).

 

So I am going to have to revisit the Folkish spiritual movement to see why this is utter shite, then look at some of their arguments.

 

The Völkisch (Folkish in English) movement (Völkische Bewegung in German)  was a German ethnonationalist movement that began in the late 19th century, and lasted till about the end of the Nazi regime (to be fair it continued unabated in some places in a much-diminished way). Central to the movement was the idea of blood and soil (Blut und Boden). Blood and soil were in turn based around the idea of Volkskörper (the peoples body aka the body politic). The soil is where the nationalism enters the ethnonationalist ideology, and the blood is the ethno moiety of the word. In that the German people (that was expanded to the idea of Aryans being the supreme example of humanity).

 

When you talk about blood, you talk about heritability. You can’t get away from that nonsense in the early Folkish movement. I’m not going to go into the original movement beyond this, but will point out, that when you meet a Folkish Pagan, there is without a doubt, they ascribe to what was to come next.

 

Unsurprisingly things that the Nazi regime saw as good, were not seen to be so in the first few decades after the fall of the thousand-year Reich. But ideas don’t die that easily. Its why we have people believing the earth is flat, and that the universe is only a few 1000 years old.

 

In the 1960s there was an upswing in Neo-Nazism, and the invention of what some call Nazi Satanism. They adopted the old ideas of the Völkisch movement. This intersected with the Pagan movement, which for the most part was embracing the way of the Hippie, but also had some darker impulses, that lead us to where my s tory is going.

 

In the 1970s a lot of male pagans were beginning to feel very much disenfranchised by the pagan movement. The intersection with the Hippy sub culture, coupled with the Feminist political leanings of many members, and a general intolerance for certain behaviours, meant that if you were a racist, sexist, male, you really had no where to be a pagan. While I personally see that as an object lesson the the people who wanted to act that way, I also see how that would foster resentment.

 

From this feeling of resentment a couple of movements were born.

 

One would be what is called Wotanism (sometimes Odinism, thought this overlaps with some non-racist ideology and causes confusion). Wotanism is a rebirth of Ariosophy, something that the Nazi’s also practiced. But the modern incarnation took it further. Rather than incorporating occultism into the existing Christianity, they have substituted Odin/Wotan for Jehovah (“God”). They don’t want a Jewish Deity in their faith. There is a massive intersection with the Christian Identity movement here, which is essentially white power Christianity. These are the “good people” some politicians speak of.

 

Now we dip into the Folkish Heathen (and other Pagan, because make no mistake its not just Heathens who have this mental disorder) world. Also in the 1970sw (somewhat later in the decade) the early Heathen movement, had a branch that decided that their path should be limited to the white Europeans, preferably Germanic, and male. This was best examplifed by Stephen McNallen (who I’ve mentioned in previous blogs) and the organization which would become today’s Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA).

 

Lets move on to the idea that these groups hold central. The main one of interest here is the ideal of race. They hold that there are several different Races, and that these races have different physical characteristics, they also hold that spiritual paths of these races should be exclusive to these races. McNallen has given it a pseudo scientific name of MetaGenetics. He stated explicitly that your religious needs are coded in your genetic heritage. Which would thus imply that there were genes for religion, and mutations caused the new religions. Its an interesting, but ludicrous idea. Culture is not coded by DNA. The idea of physically distance races, while scientifically facetious, is ingrained in many. The idea is also known as Racialism. Racialism while not obliquely racist, intersects enough with racism, to be considered a gateway to it. Racism is the idea that of the supposed races, one is superior.

 

Thee long preamble ends. Now we return to the post that set this all off. I was a member of a Facebook Group called  “Pagan Warriors of the Old Ways”. When I joined I was curious? Most of these groups end up as either fluff fests, or Folkish nests. Initially it was a mixture of both. I remained mostly quiet, as I was busy doing other things when on Social Media. But over the Weekend, it became apparent that this was now a group which embraced the Folkish ideal, with both fists. I’m not saying all members did, but many, including admins did. A friend of mine made a public post on his own wall about this, and well it went down hill from there. I include a screen shot of the post for reference (Figure 1). I got banned from the group, for not backing off the points I’ve made here, and will make going forward. If any of the members of this group wish to comment, I remind them, my blog is my blog, I reserve the right to not let them be abusive, oh and I also have comments filtered.

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Figure 1: Post from Pagan Warriors of the old Ways.

 

I’m going to dissect the points of the post, and some comments made by people in the thread. I don’t have screenshots of everything, as I was banned.

 

  • True being Folkish is not inherently racist, it is however exclusionary, and I’ve not seen a Folkish organization which is not racist. I’ve not met out of hundreds of folkish pagans, a non-racist one. I thus infer that it’s a moot point. The point about Christianity is a non sequitur as well. The equivalent group to Folkish Heathens in Christianity is the Christian Identity movement. Who are bigots. If you are going to use a group as a counter example, you must pick an equivalent one. Christianity I too large a group to compare to a small sect inside heathenry
  • Folkish is indeed not exclusive to Heathenry, though its by far the biggest example. This is a again a non sequitur. It does not remove the assertion that Folkish groups are racist.
  • Here Krystal Bailey misses the point. The very centre of the Folkish movement is that only certain races can practice certain spiritual paths. Its not something you can change and be Folkish. Its not some loudmouth on the internet, its dating back to the 19th century, and founding fathers like McNallen of their path who said this.
  • The argument of “do we have racists sure but so do other groups) is an apologist move. She also uses the term creed not knowing that it is a system of religious belief (aka a religion or faith).

Down thread (and sadly I can not screen cap these) arguments about certain living cultures being exclusionary and this its ok were used. Missing the fact that the living cultures have excluded outsiders to stay alive, and not be taken over, stolen, or misappropriated by colonialists. They always hold the American First Nations up. With out understanding why groups like the Lakota have made statements. The modern pagan movement is not a living culture that’s fighting against an invasive colonial one. It is a reborn, reconstructed, and reimagined set of many faiths, that may or may not survive. There are absolutely no unbroken heathen faiths. So, to compare yourself to say the Lakota, is to once again abuse a living culture for your own needs. Not cool.

 

Now lets take a wee refresher in my DNA posts. To be part of a Folkish heathen group you have to pass as European, though more recently that means taking a DNA test to climb the ladder so to speak. So how would I go if I was a racist piece of shit wanting to join an exclusive group? Well I certainly physically pass as European. But my DNA tests would also probably be cool too.

 

IF we consider my Ancestry.com (the most common test people do if their database is to be believed) I am 99% European (and that 1% Bantu as I’ve shown has been flagged as Greek by other tests , and once as Polynesian, we’ve talked about why this is a result to not take too seriously, until more people from the African continent have been tested). That DNA test would make me a bit of a Unicorn, I’m almost completely west European (Figure 2)

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Figure 2: Ancestry DNA results.

 

However its not quite as simple as that. I also have a shinny new report to wave about to get in the face of these racists. One of my favourite third party companies (genomelink.io) have branched out from genetic markers of physical taits and health, to other things, including a Deep dive into ancient ancestry. I got it free, as I am a lifetime member and early adopter. Go me (Figure 3)

 

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Figure 3: Genomix.io ancestry report.

 

A little explanation. There are three (and I will list a fourth) main components which make up what we call European today. Yes I’ve talked about this in one of my last blogs, but I will recap.

 

  • Steppe Pastoralists (aka the Indo-Europeans most likely)
  • The First Farmers (probably from Anatolia, and at times identified as the IE peoples)
  • The Hunter Gatherers.
  • Other Ancient Humans including Neanderthals and Denisovians (about 1-2% of our ancestry). Sadly none of my current tests have looked for this. I want to rectify this for my own curiosity.

 

So, If one looks at my ancestry I’m ~90% European (adding together the bits and pieces of the three groups), 1% west African (or some other poorly represented group) 1% East Asian and 6% South Asian. Those last two are interesting to me. I would hazard a guess the East Asian might be an echo of the Mongol invasions? South Asian is interesting. It includes the whole of the Indian Subcontinent. I could with out more information wave my hands a lot, but there is an ethnic group from that area that is prevalent in Europe. The Romani (pejoratively Gypsy) people. Who came from the area about 1500 years ago, and while remaining ethnically quite distinct (ish) they have intermarried extensively. So using this set of measurements, I’m not quite the Unicorn I was, and contain a couple of “undesirable” groups in my ancestry. To different races even (the Negroid and Mongaloid if one has to use that old, racist taxonomy). Would my Gods not listen to me since I’m close to 10% non European? Would the 6% Romani be OK as they originated as Indo-European? I don’t think so, as the Nazi’s killed many Rom, as inferior pests.

 

Its funny, that these people who proclaim they want ethnic purity, don’t understand, culture is not race. Or that what we call race, was not something thousands of years ago either. Quite simply thousands of years ago, the racial groups these people wave around. The three components of the European “race” would have been considered different races using their standards. Meaning the European is a mongrel.

 

What about the beloved Hunter Gatherer they aspire to be like?

 

Firstly they breed with at least two different species (the Neanderthals and Denisovans (though most of that DNA does not seem to have survived in Europeans.)

 

Secondly the noble savage they thin of. Had dark skin. Yep they had lots of melanin, as well as hair not quite like ours, but they did have blue eyes. This very fact of darker skin can cause them to have a total fit. They see it as a leftist academic attack on their ancestors. Ignoring the fact, when analysed the hunter gather remains showed that the gene(s) for melanin expression, were of the sort for high levels. Meaning dark brown skins. Facts don’t change to fit belief boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

Along came a controversial paper, lets bandwagon on it….

A good friend of mine (Hi Chris) asked me to comment on something a site with a Facebook Page is saying.

 

The statement was. That the Irish peoples had almost no Neolithic Famer or Mesolithic and Paleolithic Hunter Gatherer genetic components in their make-up. Furthermore this was due to diseases, and warfare. Alrighty then.

 

Ok so there are three distinct groups in the European genetic landscape

  • The Hunter Gathers (who got funky with Neanderthals and Denisovans on a limited basis). They also had dark skin, curly hair, and light eyes.
  • The first Famers from the Near East (most likely where Turkey is now). Often this is called the Llinearbandkeramik or Linear Pottery Culture.
  • The group that is most likely the Indo-Europeans. This is most commonly associated with the Y-Chromosome Haplogroups I and R. Its might be considered the Yamnaya culture was the Proto-Indo European. Though you can start a fight with academics over this. Ultimately it was a Bronge Age culture we’d say had all the bits and bobs we call Celtic that ended up here.

Add to this the Normans and Vikings trying their hardest to establish in Ireland. Though the Normans found that to be beyond the pale. Of course there were other groups, but they’ve not dented the landscape as much as the first three.

 

Right a little back history. The Hunter-Gatherer peoples of Europe probably retreated to the Caucus mountains during the Younger Dryas. It cold cold, and nasty in Ireland, and its assumed (but not proven) that if they did not leave, they did nor survive, of survive in great numbers. Because WE have a new Mesolithic Hunter Gatherer culture come in after things warmed up. Its been estimated there were no more than 8000 of the Hunter-Gather people.  They lived mostly by fishing, gathering shellfish, and eating seabirds. Their health would have been suspect, as there has been evidence of there being parasitic infestations on remains we’ve found, due to poorly cooked fish. With just 8000 members, with suspect health, it would not take much effort to out breed them. Chances are intermarriage (as was seen else where in Europe) happened.

hunters over the farmers in a fight. Over time, the farmers would win, based on numbers.

 

Next we got a Farmer package of domesticated Cereals and domesticated animals (Cow, sheep, and goat) with the Neolithic peoples. They appear to have come from the near East. Their settlements were probably a lot more densely populated, and as a consequence yes indeed diseases would have been there. We’ve seen in the modern world, a “common cold” can be a death sentence to isolated groups. Clearly from the bits and pieces of Hunter-Gatherer DNA in the Irish genome, there was intermingling. Just like with Neanderthals. Ultimately the way of life died out, to make way for the more certain farmers life.

 

Now there were bound to be some issues. The landscape for the Hunters in Ireland was reduced pretty much at that time to wild boar. Deer and Aurochs had been hunted out. The Neolithic farmers brought with them, cattle and pigs, both much less dangerous than the now absent aurochs and wild boar. Add to this essentially placid sheep and goats, I fully expect that the hunters were initially a pain in the arse for farmers. So its not impossible that violence resulted in a genocide, though we don’t see that in grave remains. The two groups likely did not mix. I’d also initially put my money on the So what about it?

 

But lets jump to the meeting of the Bronze Age “Indo-Europeans” and the Neolithic Farmers. While Bronze is not the ideal metal for everything, its much better than stone. It will take far and away more abuse. The farm practices of the incoming IE peoples were likely based around bronze tools, which would survive longer, which is good, as they took much more effort to make. The war practices would have been different too.

 

These folks built the Megalithic structures we associate with Ireland (and the rest of Europe). If the page in question is to be believed, the Neolithic Farmers, got almost wiped out by the incoming Indo-Europeans, based on the current Genetic makeup of the Irish people.

 

Its been estimated that the population in Ireland of Neolithic farmers was betweek 100 to 200 thousand. Around 2500 BC, there was some sort of economic collapse, and a period of declining population. Around 2000 BC the bronze age started in Ireland, and the Indo-European peoples were the prime suspects for this.

 

Can we infer that the Indo-European peoples did a Kurgan hypothesis to the Neolithic peoples? Culturally they certainly did. The culture from 2000 BC onwards is all theirs. Genetically does this hold up?

 

We may as well look at the Neolithic cultural change and the impact on the Mesolithic peoples first. I’m going to point out, that these studies are based on ancient samples compared with modern and those ancient ones are one we have limited numbers to play with.

 

Cassidy et al. performed (in 2015) a really nice Genomic study on remains in 2015. It showed that unsurprisingly the introduction of farming to Ireland was a migratory displacement of the earlier Hunter-Gatherer peoples. Quite simply 8000 individuals (assuming the estimation is near correct) are not going to last long, when a lifestyle that allows more people to eat comes along.

 

The Bronze age cultural replacement was probably dealing with one hundred thousand (100 000) individuals however (assuming again this was a good estimate). Cassidy and co-workers decided that while it was a cultural replacement, it was an admixture of the peoples.

 

The Irish origenes site is citing David Reich a geneticist known for population genetics, and currently working at Harvard Medical School. He is specializing in a number of areas including the origins of the Indo-Europeans. I am familiar with his work, but had not spent much time with it since finishing my Post Grad diploma in Bioniformatics. He’s a really good source for the most part. The most part however includes that he has claimed that 90% of the population in Britain was replaced by the incoming Indo-Europeans. It puzzles me how he can jump to that conclusion. Now I will fully admit, my Bioinformatics is purely armchair, in that I don’t do that science anymore, I’m paid to work out how to scale up pharmaceutical process, safely, and also to improve them to male them cheaper. I would note I am deliberately avoiding the controversy of how Reich is handling “race”. I’ve not read his book (I plan to read it over Christmas). However his 90% replacement statement has had to behemoths in the area (Barry Cunliffe) and Darcy Moore ask him to explain his comments more clearly. For those interested he makes the statement in  the book “Who we are and how we got here

 

I will investigate this more.

 

Now lets look at Irish Origenes. It’s the brain child of one Dr Tyrone Bowes and he’s run it since 2011. Prior to that he was Senior scientist at the National University of Ireland in Galloway. He also has side companies of Scottish Origenes, and English Origenes. I’m not going to fault him on his knowledge, though I’m a wee bit surprized he is quoting a single academic (I don’t care if he is from Harvard) who’s not fully explained this view.

 

 

 

A wild racist appears

 

 

Last week I was posting in a Facebook group I enjoy. It’s a place that I thought was safe from the upswing in ethno-nationalism that is slowly spreading, like an infection inside paganism. I was wrong. The group had a small (perhaps two or three members out of a couple of hundred) but vocal Folkish membership. Like the infection heathenry has, it is generally young males, though they are clearly learning their beliefs from older men. Yes I am using the male pronoun here, as well I don’t seem to find many of the female Folkish sorts out in public. I have the suspicion this is because they are not allowed to be there in the FOlkjish movement.

 

This young idiot, is Cymric. He was born, and lives in the United Kingdom, and seems to hold onto the fallacy that the only way you can practice a “Celtic” flavoured form of paganism, is by being genetically “Celtic”. Yes he’s of the opinion that you gets something from your ancestry.

 

Now let me make it clear. If this was a living practice, of people who were part of a living Pagan “Celtic” culture, I’d agree. It would be cultural appropriation for those not living in that culture. Whats not true however is, that there is a living, pre-Chrisitian “Celtic” spiritual faith, faiths, or hell family tradition. Nope, not a single person today can claim that, and be honest.

 

Lets also be clear, this young idiot, is not claiming a survival, just that to be “Celtic” one must be “Celtic”. He refuses to engage in discussion on this matter. He refuses to acknowledge that in all likelihood his ancestors back for 30 to 45 generations (1000 to 1500 years back) were undeniably Christian. So, his Folkish faith, is not protecting a real people (folk/Volk). He has engaged in the fallacious idea all Volkish people fall into. A mythical, ideal, but non existent people are in danger of being overwhelmed. At 30 generations, you have about 1 billion ancestors. Let that sink in ONE BILLION, 1 000 000 000!

 

The young idiot also boldly claims to be an eco-Fascist (a member of the “eco-Gang”). As a New Zealander, I still have fresh in my mind images from the 15th of March this year, when an Australian National, who was also an avowed Eco-Fascist, who used some Heathen iconology, killed 51 innocents in two mosques, before being taken alive, by two policemen. Yes I am very biased against these scum. Eco-Fascists have no place in society.

 

So, saw this, and I witness this. My Reconstructive Celtic Pagan faith has an active, infection of the folkish sort. I will cut it out, and cauterise the wound, like a surgeon seeking out an infection, to save the whole.