Joscelyn Godwin. · Rating details · ratings · 16 reviews. A scholarly treatment of catastrophes, ancient myths and Nazi Occult beliefs. Explored are the. Arktos by Joscelyn Godwin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival. Joscelyn Godwin. London: Thames and Hudson. p, soft cover.
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At face value many of the ideas explored in this book – the hollow earth, secret UFO bases in the Antartic, the survival of Hitler – are decidedly on the lunatic fringe, however the author manages to steer a sane course through this strange world of ideas and piece by piece lays bare the godwinn doctrines behind the polar myths.
Yet many of the worst offenders were pious, and believed themselves to be sincere Christians; some of them were even “mystics”. All in all, however, I recommend this as a starting point for deeper examination of the various topics.
Arktos : The Myth of the Pole in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you are used to the many layers of allegory in Blavatsky’s writings, you will most certainly find something familiar here: Though the book the occult roots of nazism should come first. All this goes to show that any religious tradition can do more harm than good, unless it is tempered by the simple humanity and compassion that come more readily to women than to men.
The inescapable historical parallel to all of this is to be seen in the innumerable cruelties committed by Christians against Jews, pagans, witches, heretics, and each other: Godwin takes us from myth through early science to occult madness and finally to modern theory, revolving around the north end of the earth, considering the pole as the homeland of supermen, the door to the hollow earth, and a symbol of promised enlightenment.
Joscelyn Goodwin provides an intelligent and often wry overview that remains well within scholarly standards. A sweeping tour of many “polar” occult ideas, legends and pseudoscientific hypotheses and ramblings, from venerable Hindu sages to esoteric-minded Nazis, all of it very curious for the layman, if rather difficult to disentangle at times. Jun 26, Nathaniel rated it really liked it.
This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat Truly bizarre character gallery – This includes the author, who seems to at least believe in parts of what he describes This book demonstrates the power that symbolism can exert on the human mind. Godwin is not a believer but he does have a thing against strict evidence-based science. A very interesting read, lots of references to Zoroastrian mysticism and the archetypes of a filed that requires more scholarly research.
Progressing onward, the book looks at modern polar legends: His work includes the first complete English language translation of one of the first illustrated printed texts, the incunabulum Hypnerotomachia Poliphili The only draw back were some of the latter chapters were not as engaging at least to me as the rest of the book.
It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the work of Goodrick Clark and it is a useful guide to the fringe science and theosophical speculation of a world now lost. It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the wor Although published by Adventures Unlimited which tends not to be, shall we say, conventional in its authors who cover conspiracy, lost worlds, free energy and what-have-youArktos is a serious and interesting account of polar mythology in popular culture, in the history of science and in esoteric lore.
Jason rated it it was amazing May 06, Composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult. Godwin’s style is very good, but you must have a thorough understanding of archetypal cultural myths in Northern Europe and the ancient Near East to grasp all subtleties in the context. During his tenure in the music department at Colgate University, he often taught semester-long courses delving into the life and work of a single composer.
A scholarly gem of occult history on par with Goodrick-Clarke’s book on occult Nazism.
Godwin Joscelyn – Arktos The Polar Myth – Balder Ex-Libris
Explored are the many tales of an ancient race said to have lived in the Arctic regions, such as Thule and Hyperborea. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Apr 13, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A point of criticism is that Godwin, perhaps confronted with the vast number of authors and theories he needed to cover, zrktos the reader with referencing to chapters still far ahead in arktps book and in so doing leaves much needed nuances at the beginning unmentioned until far later.
Sep 25, Luke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, it’s what one can, and dare I say must, expect from someone with an academic background when having thoroughly examined the confusing netherworlds of occult thinking through the ages.
Although published by Adventures Unlimited arktks tends not to be, shall we say, conventional in its authors who cover conspiracy, lost worlds, free energy and what-have-youArktos is a serious and interesting account of polar mythology in popular culture, in the history of science and in esoteric lore. Nutmidas rated it really liked it Sep 22,