"The essential part of the military initiation consisted in ritually transforming the young warrior into some species of predatory wild animal. It was not only a matter of courage, physical strength, or endurance, but of a magico-religious experience that radically changed the young warrior's mode of being. He had to transmute his humanity by an excess of aggressive and terrifying fury that made him like a raging carnivore...in short, he no longer felt bound by the laws and customs of men."
Code of the Warrior - Mircea Eliade.
There are certain essential points to be made of this quote -
- This speaks of the cultic-warrior who forms part of the cultic-warrior brotherhoods known as the Aryan Mannerbunde. The God of the Mannerbund was Woden himself - the 'God of the Club'.
- The transformation into the wolf, bear or boar (or other wild animals) effected a change into the warrior being outside the laws, rules and customs of the society, and thus a Wolf's Head. The term warg, wearg, varg came to me one who was banished, but its original meaning would have been that of the 'outlaw' and 'outcast' who had to leave the social order and remain outside the 'boundary' of the tribe, cast into a liminal state of consciousness, neither in one world or the other.
- The 'aggressive and terrifying fury' is the Teuton Fury also known as the Wolfish-Rage or the Berserker-Rage. This is the wod from which we get the force personified by Wode and then the master of this force Woden.
The God that led the cultic war-band was Woden, the One-Eyed Hunter-God; in this role he is the Horned God and The Hooded One/The Masked One.
"His hair stood on end so that it seemed as if each separate hair on his head had been hammered into it...He closed one eye so that it was no wider than the eye of a needle; he opened the other so that it was as large as the mouth of a mead-goblet...The Champion's Light rose above his head..."
This passage refers to the Ulster Hero Cu Chullain ('Hound of Culan'), known in Northern Ireland Scotland and the Isle of Man. This describes what is known as the fearg which means 'fury' and refers to the Wolfish-Rage (he is the 'hound'). Indeed, the word fearg is the equivalent to the Germanic wearg meaning 'wolf' in the sense of the 'outlaw'. The root comes from a Proto-Germanic Root *werghez meaning 'to strangle'. This, of course, refers to their link to the God of the Hanged - Woden.
The Torc worn by the AEthlingas - the Warrior Caste - can be clearly seen to be a twisted cord which when worn around the neck could be seen to represent the hangman's noose, thus hinting that these were dedicated to Woden (or whatever title was used by the Germano-Celtic Tribes) as the Hanged God and God of the Hanged. The word torc stems from 'torque' which means 'to twist', 'to turn' or 'to wind'.
We can see in the above quote that Cu Chulainn turns into a one-eyed figure and this is the state of transformation into the One-Eyed Hunter-God or One-Eyed Wolf-God - Woden. This is further borne out in another passage from 'The Wasting Sickness of Cu Chullainn' which relates that -
"...all of the Ulaid women who loved him blinded one eye in his likeness..."
This seems to suggest that the One-Eyed Hunter-God (Woden) was turned into a heroic figure in later times, perhaps due to Christian influence. This is not the only case of one-eyed figures occurring in Ireland and Scotland since we can find similar tales of other figures who share the same characteristic -
- In a tale called 'The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel' we find a figure called Fer Caille who is described as being a hideous black giant with spiked hair, a single eye, foot and arm, and brandishing a huge club. This is deemed by Celtic scholars to be the Wild Herdsman, which is another title for the 'Lord of Animals' also being the 'Lord of the Trees' - Herne the Hunter. Interestingly this figure is linked to the Baor, and thus to Frey and Freya.
- In a later section of the tale a massive army is led by a one-eyed warrior named Ingcel, and thus the tale links to another one found in Denmark with the very same theme, but in the Danish tale the warrior is called Ingeld. (We should note the names related to Ingwe.)
- In yet another tale we find that a Macc Oc's foster-father loses an eye, and the name Macc Oc means 'the son of' and is directly related to Ingwe. In similar tales we find the names Oenghus, Aengus or Angus all of which are the direct equivalent to Ingus or Inguz which is a variant of Ingwe.
These similarities may not be 'borrowings' since I would suggest they have a common source in the ancient land of At-al-land which was the northern continent much of which sank under the North Sea some 7,000 years ago in a catastrophe. This being so these myths are Ario-Germanic Myths (Northern European) originally. As we have gone some way to proving, these islands were not 'Celtic' at all but were made up mainly of Germanic Folk with a mixture of Gallic peoples from Southern Europe and migrations from the South.
To further prove this point 'The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel' is based around the Winter Sunstead period of the year, and the four main points of the 'Celtic' (Gallic) calender are the X-points and not the points that include the Winter Sunstead, this being a Germanic Festival. We can find Germanic Myth throughout these islands since the peoples are a mixture, and the idea that Wales, Scotland and Ireland are somewhat 'different' and 'Celtic' is a modern invention - one suited to our oppressors who work through the 'divide and conquer' method. In very ancient times we can see that Ingwe-Inguz is a figure found throughout these islands (except Wales, but even there we find Woden as Gwydio/Wydion).
Our Aryan Myth is not a 'child's tale', a fantasy, but is an Eternal Truth that manifests itself at times in historical events. Myth seems to impinge upon historical events, throwing up heroic figures in times of dire need, figures living an archetypal myth rather than the mundane life of the masses. This archetypal myth appears from another world, from another dimension in order to change things in this world. 'The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel' is similar to the story in the Icelandic Hrolf's Saga where a great hall is burnt down; this is also found in the English Beowulf. The myth centres around the Winter Sunstead period in December or in some places like Holland the 'Yule' is celebrated on Woden's Day (St. Nocholas' Day) which is December 6th.
In regard to the appearance of Fer Gaille his 'black' appearance is not due to his being of African descent but to his links to the dead. This still appears within our Germanic traditions in such a figure found in Holland, Zwarte Pieter ('Black Peter') who accompanies Sinter Klaas (Santa Clause) - this is celebrated in Woden's Day (December 6th) and in this original form he rides a White Horse, the reindeer being a later version when the whole thing was transported to the North Pole and then Lapland. This also comes out in certain former heathen dances where the participants 'black-up', since these are a remembrance of such warrior-bands as the Harii who 'blacked-up' as part of their appearance of terror - all part of the Indo-European Mannerbund. 'Blacking-up' today is seen as 'racist' in certain quarters and the blacked up dancers and even Zwarte Pieter have been targeted - leave us something of our own tradition and culture or you'll have nothing to moan about!
His stance of closing the right eye, standing on the right leg and putting his right arm behind his back is a typical Crane-Stance which emphasises the left-side or 'sinister side', and, of course, the Left-Hand Path. (The actual form is the loss of the eye leg and arm but the stance would better be done through how I have described it above - saves a lot of pain!)
Black your horse, black your cloak,
Black your head and black yourself,
Black skull, are you the Frenzied One?
'The Coming of the King' - Nikolai Tolstoy.
'Distorted was the guise of Grim upon the windy pinnacle of Wodnes-beorg: grimes wrasen, masked and twisted....Round spun the Masked One, revolving ever faster in his frenzy....'
'The Coming of the King' - Nikolai Tolstoy.