Monopoly On Sacrality

Monopoly On Sacrality
March 28, 2017 Admin

One of the things I wrote about in my first book, Fistfights With Muslims In Europe: One Man’s Journey Through Modernity, was the immense absence of sacrality and the ‘sacred’ in modern life.

This has been written about extensively by many authors. Kahlil Gibran wrote about the spiritual emptiness of city life. Frances Fukuyama wrote about modern secular society being composed of ‘men without chests’. My own favorite Identitarian author- Lawrence Murray– has written about the ‘anomie’ of the contemporary progressive West.

This complete lack of sacrality can be connected to a countless number of things both we (in this broader movement) and countless others find lacking in the West, or consider to be contributing factors to the mess the modern West finds itself in. These include our demographic challenges (no one has any kids anymore and this eventually equals no taxes and ultimately no society), depression, substance abuse, social isolation, massive sovereign and individual debt accumulation, and the disease of liberal-progressivism in general. Overall we will suffice it to say that there is a massive deficiency of sacrality (sacredness) in the modern West.

Sacrality Within Identitarianism And Traditionalism

For that reason I think there is a deep significance to the odes to sacrality and focus on sacrality we see within this burgeoning movement we are a part of. At this point many of these displays are partially tongue in cheek, but this is natural- we have been raised in the liberal west to deride and distrust any sincere exhibition of piety or sacrality and to use hipster-ish cynicism as a defense mechanism. Yet I think most of us will agree that such ‘odes’ to the sacred are growing more and more sincere each day.

This is something I really feel has massive significance. I will be writing more about it in my upcoming book, but I wanted to touch on it in this post. As we wrote about recently, ‘asabiya’ is a society’s shared collective willpower, its shared collective view of itself as an ‘us’ that is worth sacrificing for. The lack of sacrality in the modern West is- I believe- part and parcel of the lack of asabiya that is sending our societies hurtling toward oblivion (and eventually disappearance).

But in this movement we are a part of, we ARE seeing evidence of it.

Examples

Take the memes themselves. What started as semi-tongue in cheek ideas in the beginnings of Trump’s campaign grew more fervent as it continued, and I would argue are only about 25-30% ‘ironic’ today at most.

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Consider too the images of Kek. Note: I would prefer to excise the ’88’ from it, but the rest of the picture is too perfect of an example to skip over.

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Indeed, we are seeing a larger and larger proliferation of such images, the conflate the overlapping areas of 1) identitarianism, 2) self-improvement, and 3) metaphysical meaning or sacrality.

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Let us too consider groups within or tangential to this large and nebulous movement.

Wolves of Vinland courtesy of http://www.peterbeste.com/wov/

Wolves of Vinland courtesy of http://www.peterbeste.com/wov/

I would draw attention to the Wolves of Vinland. For any who are not aware, the Wolves of Vinland is a self-described tribe of ‘modern folkish heathens’. Men who have chosen to sublimate their special snowflake ‘individuality’ to the collective, and so transform themselves into a better and stronger and more sacred group unit.

I am far from an expert on them, and have only read several articles on them, but they and their tribal ‘culture’ and group activities are an explicit attempt to get back in touch with what is sacred, and leave behind our profane modern world. Ruthlessly attacked by left-wing journalists and even Wikipedia as a result, they demonstrate that tribalism and sacrality are indeed the antithesis of modern liberal society in the denunciations they bring forth. Listen to Greg Johnson interview one of their leaders- Paul Waggener- here.

Another perfect example are our old friends Les Brigandes. As demonstrated in our profile of them, and in our interview with them, the foundation of their music is a rejection of the profanity that modern France and modern Europe are built upon. Their music and videos represent the causes of beauty, truth, sincerity, and belief.

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All of this was, in retrospect, a big part of how I designed and envisioned this site. While its primary focus is tracking the war in Europe and figuring out with like-minded men how our movement can best fight back against those who would destroy it, sacrality- as embodied by ‘Tolkienism’ and ancestor-worship and the like- is in my opinion a crucial component of that question.

If our movement represents a resurgence of tribal asabiya among the broader European diaspora, then it makes perfect sense that it is where we are seeing such omens and focus.

This is something I have continually run into through my connections with people through this site as well. We profiled Ogier, a Scandinavian silver-worker who contacted me about the situation in Europe, and who did an interview with us on his work.

I also recently came into contact with ZS, a visual artist focused on Europe’s survival who drew the following illustration as a potential insignia for future European-Preservationists. The latin words mean ‘Good omens for battle’ and the white reindeer and white rainbow were inspired by our articles (one and two) on the same ‘omens’ from Sweden last year.

Heill at Sverða Svipan.jp-g


Approach of War

I believe that when Europe descends into anarchy and violence as an end result of mass migration such concepts will only grow in scope.

To get an idea of what that may look like we have several examples provided by Steve. Huge thanks to Steve for them as they are perfect illustrations of asabiya and sacrality in the context of modern warfare.

First we have Alexander Prokhorenko. Prokhorenko was a Russian Special Forces member of the Spetsnaz in the Russian Armed Forces.

Alexander Prokhorenko.

Alexander Prokhorenko.

The wikipedia page on him explains his significance:

According to Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, airstrikes were carried out according to the orders of Russian special forces in order to keep Palmyra’s historical monuments and civilian areas from being inadvertently bombarded. Prokhorenko had been on a mission to direct some of these Russian airstrikes at ISIS targets, when he was discovered and surrounded by ISIS forces.[3] He was ordered to move to safety before the air strike but told his commander he couldn’t escape the area.

Talking to his superiors by radio, he reportedly said the following:

“I am surrounded, they are outside, I don’t want them to take me and parade me, conduct the airstrike, they will make a mockery of me and this uniform. I want to die with dignity and take all these bastards with me. Please my last wish, conduct the airstrike, they will kill me either way. This is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer. Please take care of my family, avenge my death, goodbye commander, tell my family I love them”

Prokhorenko ended up becoming a national hero, with poems and songs composed in his memory. His story is known to patriotic Russians across the land, and regarded as one of heroism and valor.

Martyrdom And Immortality

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Even more sacred, however, is the story of Yevgeny Rodionov, “a Russian soldier who was taken prisoner of war by Chechen rebels and later executed in captivity for his alleged refusal to convert to Islam and defect to the enemy side.”

Rodionov was 19 in 1996 when, serving in Chechnya, he was kidnapped along with several others by Chechnyan Muslim separatists.

Wearing a cross around his neck that he refused to take off, Rodionov was apparently tortured for over 100 days before being beheaded for refusing to denounce Russia and his Christian heritage.

Since that time Rodionov has become a cult figure in Russia, and apparently there is a growing movement within the Russian Orthodox Church to canonize him as a Christian saint and martyr.

Some Russian soldiers reportedly even pray before his image, and according to the sources linked to from Wikipeida, one such prayer reads:

Thy martyr, Yevgeny, O Lord, in his sufferings hath received an incorruptible crown from Thee, our God, for having Thy strength he hath brought down his torturers, hath defeated the powerless insolence of demons. Through his prayers, save our souls.

Sacred images of Rodionov such as this are shared across Russia.

Sacred images of Rodionov such as this are shared across Russia.

Other sources explain that “since 2003, religious icons depicting Yevgeny had become popular. His mother has one herself; she has suggested that the icon of her son sometimes emits a perfume which she believes to be holy, to the extent that it actually drips with it.”

Conclusion

THIS is the sort of thing that happens in high-asabiya cultures where the regular populace recognizes the existential threats laid out against them. This is what was present through so much of human history but has disappeared from the modern secular West. But it is also what is on display among so many manifestations of Identitarianism and Preservationism, and is- I believe- a key reason we will pull mainstream society forward and toward long-term surival.

As the West continues to recede into the kinds of struggles our ancestors faced (and probably ones much worse in Europe’s case) I fully believe we will see more of this kind of art and belief, and more martyrs like these two young men.

Painting of Rodionov's execution.

Painting of Rodionov’s execution.

Editor’s Note: I would be highly eager for any additional examples anyone could provide, as well as thoughts on these questions. As I said this is all stuff I am exploring as I write my next book.

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Comments (28)

  1. shadowman 5 months ago

    I am trying to move towards goodness/sacredness/sacrality in my own life. I am single and very non-materialist (strongly favouring a simple, basic life) so that helps. I view the seeking of this attribute as a journey.

    I am *convinced* that there is an existence after death – “life after death” if you will – and there is also reincarnation. I’ve come to that view not from traveling the “religious” road but the “patient observation” one. I saw an article about a man who was murdered in India. A child was later born who turned out to be the reincarnation of the victim – we know this because he was able to go to the man who killed him! (in his previous life). The man apparently went pale and then confessed.

    That is just one story and I have seen very many more.

    I am also convinced that “spirits” exist. One reason for my belief of that is that I don’t believe that everyone in the last few thousand years who has seen a ghost is deluded / hallucinating / lying.
    True, there are sometimes “environmental factors” that can combine to make people think they have seen one, but not always.

  2. SteveRogers42 5 months ago

    Well done!

  3. ZS 5 months ago

    This Russian painter has some work that touches onreligion, nationalism, and veneration of ancestors/continuity of Russian ethnic consciousness across centuries:
    http://vladimir-kireev.deviantart.com/art/The-Land-of-the-Fathers-2012-354302382

    This painter deals with similar subjects.
    http://victor-matorin.ru/kartiny/8/eng

    In fact Russian art is replete with such themes, especially their “academic” / “realist” art (what most of the readers of this site would simply call “art” in contrast to so-called “contemporary art” etc.) Oddly enough the tradition of “academic” / “realist” art was better preserved in Soviet Russia and in China than it was in the West.

    P.S.

    Thanks for featuring the Insignia design, Julian. But just one small correction, the motto is in Old Norse, i.e. Old Icelandic.

    • Author
      Admin 5 months ago

      Hey ZS-

      Your comment gave me a major forehead slap re the insignia lol. I totally knew it wasn’t in Latin but somehow my fingers typed something my brain hadn’t thought… Appreciate you catching it though or I never would have noticed!

      Excellent links too thanks for those. I will say that is definitely something I respect about the Russian spirit- their reverence for good art and especially literature. I read Ian Frazier’s “Travels In Siberia” in my early twenties and that was something he talked about at length.

      • ZS 5 months ago

        “Hey ZS-

        Your comment gave me a major forehead slap re the insignia lol. I totally knew it wasn’t in Latin but somehow my fingers typed something my brain hadn’t thought… Appreciate you catching it though or I never would have noticed!”

        No problem. I considered the possibility of a Latin motto, but figured a Nordic/Germanic one was most appropriate given the location where these events occurred.

        The Taiwanese film “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” may take place in an Asian setting but it really epitomizes the warrior ethos, sense of honor, ancestor worship, asabiyya, and balls out fanaticism which will have to be drummed by Europeans to prevail in the struggle ahead.

        Anyone who doesn’t get choked up listening to this poem (beginning at 2:52) recited by Michael Walsh may not be fully human:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqWI2rz-GZo

        As Tomislav Sunic has said, it is the tragic spirit that is missing in modern Europeans. Until a sufficient number of men can remember how to love honor more than the preservation of happy thoughts and material comfort it will be “vae victis” for them and their women and children.

        • Author
          Admin 5 months ago

          I have only listened to Sunic a little but like him a lot. He had a very memorable interview with Jakc Donovan.

          As the Muslims say, “We love death as you love life”. I don’t know if I want to fully adapt that mindset, but ‘We love honor as you love life’ (or perhaps ‘comfort’) sounds perfect.

  4. Francis Meyrick 5 months ago

    Well. A million thoughts bubble. I don’t know where to start. As I wrestle with my third novel write, and all the research, puzzle & ponder, I find myself in a large overlap in agreement with what you say here. Have you been reading my mail? I am fresh out of two long telephone discussions today with two Europeans. One lives in Ireland. The other in Holland. Well meaning Liberals, who cling to the hope that it will all basically blow over. That it is ‘just all the work of solitary madmen’. One of them is a-religious. The other a sincere Catholic. Both tend to the Pacifistic. I, as you know, absolutely do not. If I have to, I fight. Like a madman. I don’t like it. I don’t enjoy it.
    However, many might tell you I am good at it.
    But I sit here and worry that I am missing something vital. That I fail to grasp the full picture. That I cannot possibly do justice to my attempted novel WITHOUT addressing that which I grope towards.
    I ramble, I’m sorry.
    First, Kahlil Gibran. His book “The Prophet” had an enormous impact on my young mind. When you see what happened to Lebanon, his home, and the long steady decline from a Christian, cultured land, to the war torn, scarred tragedy of today, you wonder if his writing represented, at least to a degree, the warning cry from the heart of a far-sighted visionary. Who saw the tragedy coming to his beloved homeland. The hate-filled, 7th century primitive cult massing on the horizon.
    Secondly, the spiritual. So many Atheists and Agnostics today approach religion ONLY from the intellect. I am not a church goer, and I distrust ‘religiosity’. The outward show and ritual. Empty of meaning. Readers have variously described me as 1) an Atheist, or 2) an Agnostic, or 3) an embittered, angry, Merkel hating cynic, or
    4) intensely spiritual…
    I make no claims myself. Let the reader decide. I do know however, that I agree with an awful lot of what YOU say. Something is missing. Something terribly important. Something that elevates us. That raises up our thoughts, our minds, our dreams.
    “The Road of Light” (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=472.com)
    “Beauty and the Wind” (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=874.com)
    “Starry, starry night” (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=445.com)
    Thirdly, the fate of Europe. I wish to be wrong. I wish fervently to be wrong. But I disagree with many whom I dearly love. Who say it will NOT come to civil war in Europe. I believe it will. I believe it will be an unmitigated bloodbath, UNLESS true Patriots arm themselves. Arm themselves, NOT JUST with weapons. They need to arm themselves with a stirring VISION. A soul. A clear knowledge of present danger, and a clear grasp of Destiny.
    The time for the ‘Silent Warrior’ is over. We need to step up to the plate.
    (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=592)
    We need Passion. Allied with Judgment. (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=253.com)
    We need to see the Truth. Embrace it. Through the snow storm. We MUST have the courage of our ideological convictions.
    (http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=732.com)
    And I believe you are saying the same.
    And I thank you for that. From the heart.

    • Author
      Admin 5 months ago

      Hello Francis-

      Thank you for the kind words.

      When you said ‘Have you been reading my mail?’ were you using that as a figure of speech because we were on the same page/thinking the same stuff, or did you mean that literally like you had been emailing me? (if so I haven’t got any emails from you so wanted to check 🙂

      Interesting that your European friends were still hanging onto the liberal thought processes on everything.

      I met a young French American girl at the bank here, told her to please tell her French relatives to vote for le Pen! She sounded very sympathetic but wasn’t sure how knowledgeable she actually was on it all, as I think she has spent most of her life here in the US.

      Looks like you are at Chapter 17 now on the ongoing Europe Civil War book? Is that the novel you are referring to or is that something different?

      I agree with your thoughts you expressed on Europe in the above comment. Actually I must admit though that I have never read ‘The Prophet’ but just know of it by description/summary/analysis. I know many ascribe a great personal significance to it as you do in your comment though.

  5. Francis Meyrick 5 months ago

    1) I meant it as a figure of speech.
    2) Yes, working the “Coming European Civil war”. Events on the ground actually are simply racing ahead of what I expected, even as close as six months ago. Purely trying to keep up with all the developments is hard work, and a lot of reading. I enjoy your site & members.
    3) I am also studying CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling and arms manufacturing. To lend authenticity to later writing. My ‘Ghost gunner’ (Defense Distributed) should be here any day. It is not my intention to break any US Federal Laws. I merely observe that Europeans CAN, if the will is there, re-arm very quickly with the technology available today. Within the liberties afforded me by the Second Amendment, I intend to educate myself.
    4) Denial is now very common in Europe. Denial, look-the-other-way, and pure vilification of those who are trying to make a stand for Europe. Even the slightest murmur against invading Sharia Control, and you are instantly labelled by the corrupt press as a ‘right wing’, ‘extremist’, raving nut. My own brother lives in Holland, and is horrified by the militancy of my views…
    We roll on. Each day is a gift of consciousness. I bound out of bed, eager to drink yet another cup dry. I reflect on my atoms being patiently forged in the stars, and I feel part of the Great Universe. And on a mission. Never quit.
    http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=1006

    • Author
      Admin 5 months ago

      Big + on last three lines. Me as well.

      I will keep reading the ongoing book as you publish more chapters.

  6. jrackell 5 months ago

    Touching the Void documentary of Joe Simpson’s ill-fated climbing attempt of Siula Grande in Peru. It is/was on Netflix.

    • Author
      Admin 5 months ago

      Very cool thanks for the reccomendation Jrackell. Just read about him on wikipedia had never heard of him before.

      I have been meaning to read ‘Into Thin Air’ by John Krakauer (also on mountain climbing). His book on Patrick Tillman was probably the biggest catalyst to my ‘red-pilling’, and I have both it and his book on Mormon Polygamists (Under the Banner of Heaven) at least 10 times each.

  7. SteveRogers42 5 months ago

    The last four lines of this poem remind me of Kipling:

    https://sydneytrads.com/2017/03/24/luke-torrisi-10/

  8. shadytree 5 months ago

    Doing a bunch of research, it turns out the Benelli M4 is legal in the UK. This thing is a semi auto ex marine corps shotgun, with 7 shots, modded. Enjoy.

  9. SteveRogers42 4 months ago

    I think this is related to the topic under discussion:

    https://paworldandtimes.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/physical-bravery-and-young-age/

    • Author
      Admin 4 months ago

      That is a tremendous article, extremely well done.

      Agree with him in that it would be extremely valuable were we to be able to have insight into the young man’s actions and what happened during the incident.

      I can imagine some guys I have known acting the same and not fighting back. It is hard to overestimate how terrifying violence is to those who have never been exposed to it or engaged in it.

      I agree with him too though that there is still much bravery across the West despite such stories and how badly young men are now being raised. Not just in those men who have been educated or self-educated themselves past that way of being raised, but also just intrinsically in young men as an instinctual and biological thing.

      One of these days we’ll hear the opposite story, of some young German man who beat a Ghanaian to death for trying to rape his girlfriend.

  10. SteveRogers42 2 months ago

    Could there be a chance?

    https://i.redd.it/ndoxu0o8e23z.jpg

    Deus Vult!

    • Author
      Admin 2 months ago

      Lol yes that would be quite an improvement wouldn’t it. I am guessing he won’t be kissing the feet of African migrants like the current one.

  11. SteveRogers42 2 months ago

    If you’re going to fight a religious war, it helps if you have a religion.

    http://i.imgur.com/tFsuvFK.jpg

    It is my understanding that the Russian Orthodox church has promised to make Putin a saint after his death, just like all the Czars prior to 1917.

    • Author
      Admin 2 months ago

      That is extremely cool.

      Well-deserved I would say too. Russia was half-starved to death and in total anarchy when Putin took power and now they are an international superpower again, and one of the few Western nations on earth who look like they will survive intact culturally and ethnically over the next 40 years.

      I think it is ancestor-worship more than any other belief system that could unite the young people of the Occident enough to save it.

    • Author
      Admin 1 month ago

      That surveillance image speaks a thousand words it does….

      🙂

      I think drawing attention to churches such as the one in the article is quite effective actually, it helps show how modern liberalism is really just another iteration of turn the cheek Christianity and suicidal-Millenarianism. We have been conditioned to think that ‘religion=right wing’ but that is no longer the case at all.

  12. SteveRogers42 3 weeks ago

    Compare and contrast to the current mess in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts:

    • Author
      Admin 3 weeks ago

      That is extremely cool 🙂

      Definitely looks different than the Boy Scout meetings I have gone to lol.

  13. SteveRogers42 2 weeks ago

    60,000 Russians.

    As the author puts it, “right in the feelz”.

    https://alt-right-news.blogspot.com/2017/07/60000-russians-march-to-remember.html

    • Author
      Admin 2 weeks ago

      Good for them man. Sacrality indeed 🙂

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