So You Want to Worship the Old Gods . . .

Hipster-Jon-Snow-game-of-thrones-23594329-362-500There are people who think that in order to do so, you have to learn “their” language, as spoken centuries ago, because the gods don’t keep up or something, let alone communicate in non-verbal ways.

All right, then.

You want to deal with Werunos (Sanskrit, Varuna), keeper of cosmic order? Talk this way.

It’s all explained at this link from Archaeology magazine on the reconstructed pronunciation of Proto-Indo-European: “Telling Tales in Proto-Indo-European.”

I played that clip for M., and she said that it reminded her of the 1970s–80s vogue for playing songs backwards to hear the “Satanic messages.” Maybe that’s the crucial fault in reconstructionism.