Podcast: Systema; Russian Martial Arts for The Modern Era

Dennis Maginn, a long-time practitioner and teacher of martial arts talks to Phalanx about the Russian combat system Systema (“the system”). Maginn, who lives and teaches in St. Louis, Missouri, holds ranks in kickboxing, karate and jiu jitsu, and has been teaching Systema for six years.

Here he tells us about his experiences, and about what makes Systema different. Continue reading “Podcast: Systema; Russian Martial Arts for The Modern Era”

Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic

Ancient European sorcery, magic, and folkloreIn Phalanx’s most recent podcast, we talk with author Cody Dickerson about his recently-released book, The Language of the Corpse.

Dickerson is a student of the Germanic mysteries, Indo-European religious and linguistic studies, British cunning-folk magic, and is an initiated Braucher, or Powwow practitioner. He has also studies the rural folk magic and traditions of North America, Europe and Mexico. Continue reading “Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic”

Podcast: Andrei Znamenski on Shamanism, Modern and Ancient

yt-shamanismAndrei Znamenski is the author of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia (Quest Books, 2011) and The Beauty of the Primitive: Indigenous Shamanism and Western Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2007) as well as many other writings on the history of spirituality and esotericism in Europe, Russia, America, and Tibet, etc. Continue reading “Podcast: Andrei Znamenski on Shamanism, Modern and Ancient”