Survive the Jive Podcast

Survive the Jive Podcast

Survive the Jive podcast is about history and ancient religions and folklore. Hosted by historian Thomas Rowsell who is also a documentary film maker, this podcast focuses mainly on Indo-European cultures and most specifically on Germanic/Norse paganism. The podcast takes a holistic approach to programming that informs, educates and improves us. It sometimes covers scientific topics but is mainly concerned with pre-Christian religions of Europe. Sometimes the podcasts are based on videos from the YouTube channel, other times they are exclusive. Guests can include historians, scientists, musicians and religious leaders.


November 13, 2023 55 mins
I discussed the classic generation X teen move "River's Edge" with Frodi on the Decameron film review festival for the Guide to Kulchur podcast. This is a bit different from my normal history discussions but I think the sociological issues raised by the film are interesting to consider. You can hear more of the GTK podcast at
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The custom of burying an animal under the foundations of a house is not only very widespread, found in Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Finland and beyond, but is also very old, dating back to the Indo-Europeans of the Bronze Age Europe. It even spread as far away as America and India! In this video I trace the customs origins and dispersal and explain the magical function of the animal and human sacrifices underneath the home.
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September 19, 2023 15 mins
The BBC produced a song for the Horrible Histories children's program called 'Been Here From the Start' which makes several spurious, misleading and outright false claims about black people living in ancient Britain. From Cheddar man to Septimius Severus and the Moors, I debunk the lies contained in the BBC video and present the truth.
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September 7, 2023 34 mins
A guide on setting up a heathen altar to the Norse/Germanic gods in your home. How to arrange an altar for the gods, different kinds of domestic altars according to the recommendations of three of the most important heathen organisations in the English speaking world (The Odinist Fellowship, The Norroena society, Ealdríce Théod), where to put your altar in your house, what items you need to have, what kind of altar cloth, where to ...
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The Vinca culture of Serbia is one of the first human civilisations. Possibly the first to smelt copper, one of the earliest uses of a symbolic proto-script and a hyper industrious producer of advanced ceramics including the earliest anthropomorphic life size clay busts. Yet few know of the wonders of this ancient culture. In this episode, I spoke to the historian Ben Elliott who travelled to Serbia to make a film called Quest for ...
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The living dead are a source of anxiety and fear in the sagas of Icelanders where they are called draugar, and the walking dead remain a popular monster in modern fiction in the form of zombies and vampires. In this JIVE TALK, Big Dave Martel aka the BOG LORD joins Tom Rowsell to discuss the enduring motif of the "after walker" in medieval and modern literature and cinema.
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February 16, 2023 54 mins
Ask me anything! It has been a whole year since the last AMA so there are plenty of questions to get through.

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December 19, 2022 68 mins
Chris Luttichau is a shaman who runs the Northern Drums Shamanic Training School from Cornwall and leads wilderness trips in northern Finland. Chris is Danish by birth but he trained with indigenous elders in North America, and now trains others in shamanic techniques. I visited him to learn more about shamanism, the fastest growing “religion” in the UK.

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December 5, 2022 62 mins
Robert Eggers' The Northman is the best Viking film ever made but some of the pagan themes within are too esoteric for everyone to understand. In this review, I explain the origin of the pagan rituals and symbols throughout the film and what they mean. This podcast is also available as a proper video on YouTube. Featuring Music by Torulf, Hildigaldra and Borg.

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October 31, 2022 69 mins
Scott Shell received his Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. The emphasis of his study has been on historical linguistics, runology and mythology. He runs a YouTube channel called @Scott T. Shell (Continental Germanic Heathenry) which focuses on the pagan religion of the Old Saxons. Tonight he will discuss some of his findings in regards to the magical uses of runes by Germanic pagans on the...
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Stone age Herbalist is a dissident archaeologist, twitter personality and substack blogger. In this Jive Talk he describes the ancient origins of archaeology as a discipline, how it rose to a more rigorous practice in the modern era and then degenerated into modern woke archaeology. We discuss gay cavemen, transgender vikings, the migrations and invasions of Anglo-Saxons, Beaker folk, Yamnaya and others and finally end with a chat ...
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'The Anglo-Saxon migration and the
formation of the early English gene pool' by Joscha Gretzinger and colleagues (2022) has answered some of the much debated and controversial questions concerning the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England which began in the 5th century AD. The study finds that as much as 75% of the ancestry of skeletons from England in the cemeteries from that time comes from Germanic migrants from Germany and Denmark. In...
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A new genetics paper 'The genetic history of the Southern Arc: A bridge between West Asia and Europe' by Lazaridis et al boldly endorses a controversial theory for the origin of the Indo-European languages - that they were first spoken south of the Caucasus and were brought to the Yamnaya and related peoples who then spread them, rather being autochthonous to the region.

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Tom Rowsell delivered this keynote speech at the PAGAN FUTURES conference in London on 25th June 2022. The talk addresses the conflict between an emerging religion of materialistic scientism seeking salvation through transhumanism (and other technophilic ideologies) and the practitioners of Traditional public forms of Indo-European paganism.

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Borja the Modern Platonist joins me in advance of the Pagan Futures conference in London on 25th June to discuss the same issues we shall address at the event; The question of transhumanism, salvation through technology, faith in 'progress' rather than cyclical time and how these ideas conflict with traditional pagan beliefs. To what extent are modern technophiles neo-Gnostics? How do their beliefs conflict with those of Platonists...
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April 1, 2022 41 mins
Interpreting myth: Verses 25/26 in Vǫluspá refer to the same myth found in chapter 42 of the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning which tells the story of how a Jotunn in disguise deceived the gods to enter a deal in which he would build the walls of Asgard in exchange for the sun, moon and the hand in marriage of Freyja. This is one of the most misunderstood myths of Norse mythology so I have decided to explain it as best I can.

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How do the religious and philosophical beliefs of Ancient Greeks have enduring relevance for us in the modern world of technology and globalisation? What lessons; spiritual or practical, can be discerned from the ancient texts that survive to this day? From the epics of Homer, the cults of Dionysus and Eleusis, the inspired wisdom of Plato or the practical philosophy of the Stoics, Michael Michailidis of Ancient Greece Revisited ha...
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Five years ago I spoke to Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya of the Dharma Nation YouTube channel, and now I meet him again on JIVE TALK. Acharya is one of the most renowned teachers of the ancient tradition known as Dharma (popularly called "Hinduism"). Acharya, the author of the Dharma Manifesto, teaches authentic Vedic philosophy in a manner that is practical in today's world. We discuss transhumanism and war among other subjects in ...
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The Viking hero Starkad / Starkaðr was a warrior-poet with extra arms who was blessed by the god Odin. This aristocratic transgressive lone wolf character is actually a prehistoric Indo-European archetype equivalent to Hercules in Greece, Suibhne in Ireland and Krishna’s cousin Siśupāla of Chedi from the Hindu religion of India. In this video I explain who Starkad was and how his myths parallel other Indo-European stories of a Sigm...
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March 9, 2022 57 mins
In this month's Jive Talk I answered patron questions about ancient DNA, the beliefs of pagans, cognates to the Nordic god Loki and more. I do at least one Jive Talk a month but not all of them are AMA sessions. You can also ask me questions in a direct voice chat on Telegram if you become a patron on Patreon or SubscribeStar.
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