[MGSA-L] Sacred Mystagogy: Winter Solstice (revival of a Nazi ritual during Christmas)

athanasios grammenos athanasiosgrammenos at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 15:53:42 PST 2013


Dear all

If you examine those websites more carefully, and also have a close look at
their links and their sources, you will be surprised to notice the the
affinities are not clear only to the Golden Dawn but also to another
parliamentary political party.

In liberty
AG

2013/1/3 Syrimis, George <george.syrimis at yale.edu>

>  Dear Dr. Katsetos,
>
>  Thank you for this informative and alarming post. My own research on
> Julian lead me to this page a few years back and before Golden Dawn entered
> the public discourse and political system:
> http://www.hellenicreligion.gr/index.htm. No direct link to Golden Dawn
> but the affinities are clear, also their divergences (see reply to a Golden
> Dawn: http://www.hellenicreligion.gr/doc/anakoinosi23.htm) .
>
>  Best,
> George Syrimis
>
>   From: "Christos D. Katsetos" <cd_katsetos at yahoo.com>
> Reply-To: "Christos D. Katsetos" <cd_katsetos at yahoo.com>
> Date: Friday, December 28, 2012 3:20 PM
> To: MGSA List <MGSA-L at uci.edu>
> Subject: [MGSA-L] Sacred Mystagogy: Winter Solstice (revival of a Nazi
> ritual during Christmas)
>
>   ?????????? -- ? ????? ?π???????
>                  ? ???????????? ??????? π???????? π??? ??? ?????????
> ??????...
>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOMlUmLsteI
>
>   In its ideological manifesto, Greece's nationalist party, Chrysi Avgi
> (Golden Dawn), denies any
>  association with Nazi ideology and considers the label "neo-Nazi" as
> inappropriate and slanderous.
>  http://www.xryshaygh.com/resources/files/ideologia.pdf
>
>  Still, there are certain lingering ideological and
> organizational similarities [see footnote 1], which
>  raise legitimate questions in this regard.
>
>  During a moment of spiritual ecstasy (and youthful exuberance), the
> Youth Wing of Golden Dawn,
>  might have revealed, albeit inadvertently, important insights into the movement's
> ritualistic practices
>  of Sacred Mystagogy akin to those embraced in Nazi Germany.
>
> http://www.xryshaygh.com/index.php/enimerosi/view/cheimerinh-ejormhsh-metwpou-neolaias-fwtografiko-afierwma
>
>  The narrative that follows (excerpted from the legends that accompany
> the photographic material
>  in the above-referenced link) is most telling (the English translation
> is mine):
>
>  "??????? π??? ??? ??????? ? ??????? ???????? ???? ?π?????? ???
> ???????????????? ???????
>   π?? ???? ?????????? π??????? ?π? ?? ???? ??? π???????, ?????? ??
> π?????????? ??? ??????
>  ?? π?????????????. ?? π????? ???????, ? ???????? ????? ???? ?????
> ?π??????? ???. ??
>  ?????? ????????? ???? π??????? ????, ??????? ?????, ? ?????. ??? ??????!
> ?? ?????????
>  ??? ?π????? ?????. ??? ??????! ?? ?????? ???? π?????? ?? ??????????
> ????. ??? ??????!
>  ??????? ? ??????, ???? ??????????."
>
>   "Just moments before Sunrise, the Phalanx stands by the bastions at the
> semi-ruined
>  fortress stained through the years with the blood of our ancestors, who
> were at times besiegers,
>  at times besieged. The first rays herald the perpetual return of the
> ?nvincible Sun. The banner
>  flies high in the piercing cold air, arms are raised, the Anthem is
> sung. Louder! To resonate across
>  the unconquered mountains. Louder! To reach the menacing ocean waves. Louder!
> The neck
>  is bleeding, sacred mystagogy."
>
>  And the narrative reaches a crescendo:
>
>  "??????????, ??????????? ??? π???? ??? ???????. ?????? ??? ??????,
> π??????? ? ????????π???
>  ???, ??????? ??? ??? ????? π?? ?? ??????? ?? ?????? ?? ???????? ???
> ?????. ???? ? ?????
>  ?π??????? ??? ??????????? ??? ?π???? ??? ????? ??? ????? ?π? ???
> ???????. ??????, ? π??????
>  ??? ?π??????? ???????? ???. ???, ? ??? ????? ???? ??? ??????????! ??
> ????????? ?? ???????
>  ??? ????? ??? ?????? ??? ????????, ?π?? ? ????? ??? ????????? ??? ?????
> ??? ???????? ???
>  ? ????????, ????? ??? ???????, ?? ????????? ??? ??????? ?π? ??? ?????,
> ??? ???????? ?π? ???
>  π??????. ??? ??? ?????????, ??? ?π????????!"
>
>   "Solstice, we are passing through the gates of Winter. The challenge of
> confronting a long and
>  harsh winter is like the Struggle that the chosen guardians of the Idea
> are called upon to defend.
>  But the Sun has returned marking the beginning of the victory of the
> Light over the Darkness, the
>  decay of our enslaved Motherland. Light, a new Golden Dawn of Hellenism!
>  Let the rays of the Sun strengthen the will of those alive, like our
> Faith that warms the souls of the Immortals ^ let the
>  onerous and beautiful Winter, to distinguish the brave from the coward, the
> Comrade from the
>  traitor. We are not intimidated. On the contrary, we are looking forward
> to it!"
>
>   Excerpted from http://www.xryshaygh.com -- For Fair Use and Educational
> purposes only.
>
> http://www.xryshaygh.com/index.php/enimerosi/view/cheimerinh-ejormhsh-metwpou-neolaias-fwtografiko-afierwma
>
>  The remarkable similarity of the Golden Dawn Youth ritual to the Nazi ritual
> of "Winter Solstice" is
>  indeed overt and indisputable. By way of background, the Nazi Propaganda
> apparatus had pursued
>  a systematic campaign aimed at "de-Christianizing Christmas," by putting
> instead emphasis on the
>  "Winter Solstice." Noteworthy in this regard is the 1939 article devoted
> to Christmas, published in a
>  Frankfurt-based Nazi educational monthly [2].
> http://www.bytwerk.com/gpa/christmas1939.htm
>
>  Note the similarity of the phrase "to distinguish the brave from the
> coward" to a quotation from
>   Adolf Hitler's greeting, which is hardly in keeping with the Christmas
> story: "All nature is a gigantic
>  struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over
> the weak."
>  http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/images/weihnacht1944/battle.jpg
>
>  Relevant articles on the subject have appeared previously in the Daily
> Mail and The Telegraph:
>
>   -- "Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German
> Christmas ornaments.
>  She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way
> Christmas was used by the
>  atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice
> celebration." (Daily Mail - 2009)
>
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1228630/How-Hitlers-Nazi-propaganda-machine-tried-Christ-Christmas.html
>
>  -- "Paganising carols... Their plan was to remove the emotional ties of
> the Church and merge
>  Christmas into a Julfest, a celebration of winter and light which drew
> on pagan traditions"
>  (The Telegraph - 2009)
>
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/6587738/How-Hitler-and-the-Nazis-tried-to-steal-Christmas.html
>
>  N.B. The Christmas wreath encircling the Greek meandros motif is
> reminiscent of the Christmas
>  aesthetics of the Nazi era.
>
> http://www.xryshaygh.com/index.php/enimerosi/view/christougenniatikes-euches-apo-ton-g.g.-ths-chrushs-aughs-n.g.michaloliako#.UN
>  -- See links below for aesthetic comparison:
>  http://www.bytwerk.com/gpa/images/vorweihnachten1943/swastika.jpg
>
> http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/images/weihnacht1944/gravesandtrees.jpg
>
>   The "Sacred Mystagogy/Winter Solstice" piece in Golden Dawn's website
> is prima facie
>  evidence that this movement embraces and disseminates mystical doctrines,
> effectively
>  preparing the young and impressionable recruits for initiation into a
> cult-like organization.
>
>   The above-mentioned considerations call attention to Zimbardo's "Stanford
> Experiment" [3]
>  which is unfolding in a contagion-like manner in Greek middle schools
> and high schools nowadays.
>  Alas, in the face of a deepening socio-economic and illegal immigration
> crisis, the school place
>  has become a fertile ground for ultranationalist indoctrination and for
> molding a cult mindset [4].
>
> http://www.businessinsider.com/greek-schools-fertile-ground-for-neo-nazis-2012-12
>
>   The inability of Greece's political parties and time-honored Greek
> institutions, such as the Church,
>   to elucidate the Golden Dawn phenomenon, rests with the failure of all
> concerned, to recognize
>  and decipher the ideological underpinnings and modus operandi of a
> movement that embraces
>  occultism and extreme nationalist and racialist ideations, incites bigotry
> and hatred, and perverts
>  traditional Greek values and patriotism.
>
>  CDK
>
>
>  FOOTNOTES
>
>   [1] See resemblance of the "Green Wing for Racial Humanism
> and Ecological Consciousness"
>  an organ of Greece's nationalist party to the "Green Wing" of the German
> Nazi Party.
>  http://oikologiko.blogspot.gr/2007_05_01_archive.html
>  http://www.spunk.org/texts/places/germany/sp001630/peter.html
>
>  [2] Source: Wilhelm Beilstein, "Wie wir Weihnachten feiern,"
> N.S.-Briefe, December 1939,
>  pp. 327-328. The section is reprinted from Beilstein's Lichtfeier. Sinn.
> Geschichte, Brauch und
>  Feier der deutschen Weihnacht (Munich: Deutscher Volksverlag, 1939).
>  http://www.bytwerk.com/gpa/christmas1939.htm
>
>  [3] [MGSA-L] Zimbardo P. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good
> People Turn Evil -
>  https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/public/mgsa-l/2012-August/001587.html
>
>  [4] [MGSA-L] ??????, Wagner ??? ?????π????
>  https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/public/mgsa-l/2012-August/001582.html
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