Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Tradition of Lamentations in Hellas



The folk rejoice and sing about life, the joys and the sorrows, his agonies and his pleasures. He sings for his fatherland, his heroes and nature. But he also sings for Death, for Charon, the departure of the beloved ones, either for the world below or for unknown and distant lands. This song is the lamentation.

The lamentation consists since the most ancient poetical expressions, a song of mourning and we find it in the Homeric works. In the Iliad there are mentions of funeral songs for Achilles and Patroklus as well as for the rape of Helen. The threnodic poets of the ancient times became the lamenters of the contemporary years. In the ancient era, as well as in the modern folk traditions, although there’s the belief about the immortality of the soul, the relatives of the departed still mourn and grieve for the loss of their beloved ones.



Lamentations can be found in every corner of Hellas, within or beyond the borders of the modern Greek territory. From Northern Epirus, to Krete, from Mane to the Pontus and Asia Minor. The richest tradition in terms of antiquity and quantity, even today, can be found around the area of Mane and Epirus. The lamentations of these regions are passed from generation to generation. Improvisation is also common. The lyrics and the rhythm of these songs in Epirus are mostly in the 15-verse pattern, while in Mane they are replaced by the 16-verse and quite often by the 8-verse pattern. The rhythm and the verse of these songs are considered a distant relative of the Homeric verse. During the ancient times and the following ages, the lamentations were funeral songs and more seldom as songs of revenge. In the recent years they are usually referring to immigration.



In Mane we find them mostly in their funeral form and even in the recent vendettas, the lamentations are used as an expression of vengeance for the loss of the family. Poulikos Kourakos says, in short, “the famous lamentations of Mane, not only express the overwhelming presence of Death, but they are also the objection of the young woman became widow, the desperate voice of the daughter that is left unprotected, the sad expression of the ultimate sorrow, the woeful and at the same time tender cry of the thunder-striken mother that is left without a child.”



The lamentations in Epirus have reached a different form, which is completing the
description above. Besides the esoteric feelings that become manifest through the words, mainly in the form of polyphonetic songs, lamentations are also constitute musical, instrumental songs. Most of them have a nationalist character, against the ottomans and the turko-albanians. In the same time, many of the contemporary lamentations are, as we said above, songs of the immigration and the parting, marking thus the conditions of an era. Even in modern feasts, the musicians play lamentations, in Epirus even marriages begin with lamentations. It is the formation of the landscape that made its impression on the folkish soul in combination with the loss of the beloved ones and the love for the land itself, where life and death, mourning and joy, become one, within the sound mysticism of the Doric pentatonic harmony.

Notable is the fact that the church prohibits the manifestation of lamentations within the christian temples because it considers them a direct remnant of pagan beliefs. Those who have witnessed such funerals, as well as commemorations, must have noticed that within the church the mourners cry and speak to the dead, but there are no mentions about the Underworld, Hades or Charon.

In the streams on History, the folkish culture consists a pure expression of the ethno-racial continuation of a folk, it is the bridge the connects us with the past, just like the stone bridges connect two riverbeds. This folkish culture, whose elements can be traced in every place colonized by our ancient forefathers, in the Balkans and of course in Magna Grecia of southern Italy.

Article by Golden Dawn Epirus
Translated in English by Hjarulv Henker


Thursday, March 25, 2010

25th March of 1821 - The Hellenic Revolution



THE HELLENIC UPRISE OF 1821


After the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Turks spread in the areas of the once Byzantine territories, including Hellas. The Hellenes often caused trouble to the Turks and their allies in the following centuries with shock-raids or low scale guerilla warfare, but nothing as organized and widespread as it was happened in 1821.
Although almost 400 years passed after the occupation of Hellas from the Turks, the Hellenes managed to keep their Blood pure. The Turks were not settled in Hellas as they did in Asia Minor, but they had established garrisons. Women who were left pregnant from a Turk were killed.

Thus, the Hellenic spirit was still alive, urging the Warrior Blood of the Hellene to raise his Sword in defiance and hate against the Mongol intruder. And so it was done.

After several meetings of Hellenic captains and guerilla leaders, they declared on the 25th of March 1821, a total war against the Turks and their allies (Albanians, Egyptians, etc.).
After pressure towards the church to grant officially its "blessing" (the church wasn’t too eager to fight the Turks since they had made pacts with them not to harm them, leaving the rest of Hellas in the Turkish hands), captains and guerilla warriors from all over Hellas raised their swords against the Turks with one battle cry: Victory or Death!

The first Hellenic town to be freed was Tripolitsa . Captain Kolokotronis, leading his army, stormed the town in a decisive battle that swept the Turkish army there, leading it to total destruction. No Turk was spared. When the battle ended, the soil was moistened by the Turkish blood that many chroniclers wrote that the horses were slipping. Kolokotronis had a deep hatred against the Jews, because they were helping the Turks by betraying every Hellenic movement against them,( Jews also were slave traders that time) etc. He rounded up every Jew in the town and executed him, declaring that such vermin has no place on Hellenic Soil! That day by order of Captain Kolokotronis 3000 Jews was slayed.
Kolokotronis led countless victorious battles against the Turks, all over Hellas. He was so much feared by them that his name was synonymous to Terror in the turks. In another incident he confronted an entire turkish battalion with a handful of men, charging against them. The turks believed that they were the front ranks of a bigger army and the turned in panic, with the Hellenes slaughtering them down.

Another significant captain was Nikitaras, nicknamed the Turkslayer. He engaged the guerilla units from an early age and he took part in countless battles. In one incident, he killed so many turks that his hand was swallen and he couldn’t remove his sword. He once said to a chronicler that "…there was no greater joy than slaying the turkish dogs!"

To write down every battle that took place during these years would take many books. So in short, other important captains were Karaiskakis, Odysseas Androutsos, K. Kanaris (ancestor of Admiral Von Kanaris of the German Wehrmacht, whose daring tactic of burning turkish ships by crashing upon them small boats loaded with flammable material earned him a high esteemed reputation) and many more, everyone distinguished for his courage and deeds against the vast turkish army and their allies.

The Hellenes have restored their ties with Ancient Hellas, and they knew that the war that they were fighting now was important for the preservence of the Ancient Hellenic Spirit.
In one incident, a turkish guard was cornered upon the Acropolis and soon their lead supplies ran out, so they decided to bring down the columns of Parthenon and get the lead that it was used to hold the column pieces together. When the Hellenes heard about this, they sent them a message and told them that they will give them ammunition in order not to touch the monument. They said that these stones was the Cause that they were fighting for.

After the liberation of Hellas, years later, petty politicians tried to erase their names from the pantheon of Heroes because they wanted to manipulate for their own interests the new established government. Many brave warriors were jailed because they wouldn’t cooperate with this traitorous scum. But their reputation was written with Fire and Steel upon the Battlefields of Hellas, not by trying to please the turk, as these political whores did.

Important was also the fact that many people from other places of Europe have come as volunteers to help the Hellenic fighters , Mainly people from France , England ,Germany(The famous Bavarian fighters who in honour of them there is still today a monument of a big Lion in Nafplio city) and Russia.
What we can learn from the Uprise of 1821, is that only a strong bastion of a few but determined people can change everything. These warriors could be a perfect example for what we are fighting for in the present: the liberation of Europe!


Hjarulv Henker



The mountains look on Marathon --
And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dream'd that Greece might yet be freeF
or, standing on the Persians' grave,
I could not deem myself a slave

....

Must we but weep o'er days more blest?
Must we but blush? -- Our fathers bled.
Earth! render back from out thy breast
A remnant of our Spartan dead!
Of the three hundred grant but three,
To make a new Thermopylae.

By Lord Byron (English Volunteer in the Hellenic Revolution of 1821)


"I was, moreover, much impressed by a biography of Mozart which was read aloud; and the newspaper accounts and monthly reports of the events of the Greek War of Independence stirred my imagination deeply. My love for Greece, which afterwards made me turn with enthusiasm to the mythology and history of ancient Hellas, was thus the natural outcome of the intense and painful interest I took in the events of this period. In after years the story of the struggle of the Greeks against the Persians always revived my impressions of this modern revolt of Greece against the Turks."

Richard Wagner "My Life"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Norse Black Metal is Back! BURZUM "Belus" available now!!!



Its already widely known the return of one of the most influential NORSE BLACK metal bands namely BURZUM.
11 years since the release of the last album, Varg Vikernes is stronger than ever. As it was excepted, "Belus" is a masterpiece. Lyrically and Musically in the true spirit of Burzum.
Varg Vikernes is an artist which in his career and after 16 years in prison refused to compromise to the politically-correct music industry like many other pop-black bands.
For this reason, you`ll notice famous mags and webzines giving bad reviews to "Belus" and the same time praising boring and plastic soulless shit like behemoth, rotting christ, dark-throne e.t.c. Too bad for them and their labels that "Belus" is going to sell the double amounts from all their politically correct shit together.

Avoid downloading! Buy the albums and support the bands and musicians who stand true to their Ideals and music. Burzum is definately one of them!

Heil Seidmannen!

Burzum Official website
www.burzum.org

Belus CD/LP and Merchandise available from:
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

DER STÜRMER Carelian Pagan Madness LP Out Now!







Live lp with amazing soundboard recording from one of the most threatening and devastating bands in existence. Captured during their mini tour with ABSURD, SATANIC WARMASTER and GOATMOON in Tampere, Finland 2008. Over 2 years in the making, this release of Aryan hatred is presented as a knife to the throat of the current spineless, materialistic and pathetic "extreme metal" "scene".

12 tracks including an intro created for this release, performances of tracks spanning the band's entire existence and a punishing cover of BOUND FOR GLORY's "Commando".

Lp only. 500 copies. Jacket, double sided poster with show propaganda reproduction on one side and live shot from the show on the other, printed dust jacket collage made from news articles and photos covering the show and an interview from 2005 that was to be featured in the unreleased 4th issue of SATANIC SKINHEAD.

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$25 p/p in the US/CAN
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Sample Track here: http://www.thepaganfront.com/dersturmer/DSlivesample.mp3