The Primal Aryan Myth – The Dragon-Slayer
To understand the Primal Aryan Myth we need to go to Ancient Egypt where we find recorded rituals enacting this myth. The basis of this myth is quite simple, and we can break it down into parts –
The ancient enemy of the Sun-God – Ra – is named Apep (Apophis) who is the Ancient Serpent.
This Serpent of Evil was either represented by a crocodile or more often a huge, coiling serpent that lay beneath the Earth, waiting to destroy the Sun as it entered the Underworld at night.
The Sun-God – Ra – defeated this evil monster every day, as he emerged again in the East.
Apep (Apophis) represents the hostile and hated Forces of Darkness, the eternal enemy of Ra.
Egyptian papyrus gives accounts of detailed spells and incantations to be uttered and rituals to be performed daily, by which the utter destruction of the ancient Serpent of Evil might be accomplished.
The Primal Aryan Myth can also be found in the account of the Primal Cattle-Raid which we find in India, and repeated in such diverse places as Ireland. In this the Evil Serpent Ng(w)hi steals the cattle; the hero – Trita (“Third”) – does blot to a hero-god, and then finds and slays the Serpent, regaining the cattle.
The figures of the Dragon-Slayers – Sigurd and Beowulf – also feature in this type of myth, for their Dragon-Slaying feats are done to regain a Gold-Hoard, the symbol that later replaced that of cattle. This is clear from the Feoh-Rune which holds this mystery.
In ancient Iran (Persia) the enemy of Ahura Mazda (The God of Light) is an Evil Serpent (Ahriman) that brings to an end the Golden Age, bringing upon the Earth the Great Winter, when all things froze and the snows covered the northern hemisphere.
Another figure that features in a serpent-slaying is the god Thunor, whose symbol is the Fylfot-Swastika. We find that this god-form goes back into very ancient times when the Axe-God faced a three-headed (or sometimes three-tailed) serpent and slew it. This developed into the myth where Thor slays the Midgard Serpent.
In a certain period of Egyptian history a people known as the Hyksos invaded Egypt. These people were said to be Semitic Asians, speaking the same western Semitic language as those later known as the Israelites. It has been said that they were also called the Habiru – Hebrews. These Hyksos ruled Egypt for some time until they were driven out and settled in the land known as Palestine.
A Hyksos King Khyan took the Egyptian name Se-user-en-re and the Horus-name “Embracer of Regions” which suggests world-wide domination. Another Hyksos King Apepi I took the Egyptian throne-name A-user-re (“Great and powerful like Re”) and the title “King of Upper and Lower Egypt – Son of Re”. Apepi was also known as Apophis.
The Hyksos adopted as their chief god Set, the murderer of his brother Osiris. By doing this they showed their hatred of the Egyptian people, and their allegiance to the Forces of Evil. The Egyptians held to the concept of Ma’at which roughly means “order” and “balance”. The opposite of Ma’at was named Isfet which stood for negative concepts such as selfishness, falsehood, and injustice. According to Egyptian mythology the leader of these embodiments of Isfet was an evil serpent named Apophis.
Apophis was named “he of evil appearance” and “he of evil character” and for the Egyptians he was the embodiment of the primordial chaos. In order to prevent this evil serpent from defeating the Sun-God, and plunging the world into darkness, spells had to be recited daily that the Sun-God may win his eternal battle.
It is interesting to note that the Hebrew term “Messiah” may derive from an Egyptian word “Messeh” which refers either to a crocodile or a serpent, both symbols used for Apophis. This is especially relevant when we consider the idea of the Symbolic Snake that encircles the world, enslaving it as it winds its way.
Both Thunor (Thor) and Woden are at some time concerned with defeating a serpent, and this is exactly the same Aryan Mythology as that of ancient Egypt. This also underlies the concept of the Männerbünde whose youthful warriors were the living embodiment of the Einheriar, whose mythical role was to create or maintain order and balance, and to destroy the Serpent of Evil.
The Dragon-Slayer, as a symbol of the English, is perhaps our most important symbol, and this must be awakened within the Folk-Soul if we are to defeat the Forces of Evil and Chaos that have today taken world-control.