Toutâ Galation offers platform to Genocide denier

The Gaulish polytheist organization Toutâ Galation invited the pagan YouTuber and Genocide denier “Aliakai” to speak at their this year’s Touta Galation Conference. “Aliakai” is known in the Hellenic community for culturally appropriating Hellenic tradition and spreading false information about Hellenic collectives.

In the past, “Aliakai” has used an ethnocentric rhetoric in order to discredit Hellenic organizations who play a major role in the Hellenic re-Indigenization movement, known as re-Hellenization (“epanellinisi”). She also denied Greek genocide, reproducing Turkish nationalist propaganda and ignoring the empirical data. As such, she denies the dignity of innocent victims who suffered under Atatürk’s nationalism. In addition to that, her genocide denial also entails an assault on the collective dignity of the Hellenic people.

Anti-Hellenism is widespread in Anglo-American paganism, but only a few pagans have openly denied Greek genocide to date. However, what all colonial pagans have in common, whether they deny Greek genocide or not, is the attack on the Hellenes‘ right to self-determination which is anchored in Article I of the Charter of the United Nations. But Hellenism is not the only culture facing the imperialist ambitions of paganism and the New Age movement.[1] On the contrary, Hellenes are one of many peoples whose history, rites and ethnonyms have been desecrated, commercialized and abused by imposters, cultists and their followers who rationalize their behavior in a manner that is consistent with their ahistorical approach to indigenous cultures.

Although she was dismantled many times, “Aliakai” still pretends to be a Hellenist[2], even though she does not speak Greek. Still pretends to be part of the Hellenic community[3], while the Hellenic community is fending off her and her followers‘ ongoing attempt to usurp the Hellenes‘ sovereignty over their own culture. For them, Hellenes have no say over Hellenism.[4] They say this quite openly. And yet they claim to be part of an ethno-cultural group whose fundamental right they undermine. But logic was never paganism’s strength. In the light of the above, it is obvious that this particular branch of paganism is, if we look at it carefully, the counter-program to re-Hellenization, which is an effort to reclaim Greeks‘ sovereignty over their imagination and break the chains of Christianity, but also put an end to the exploitation and distortion of Hellenic tradition by occultism, paganism, the New Age movement and nationalism.

In the video below, you hear “Aliakai” speaking at the Touta Galation Conference 2022. As showed above, her renewed attempt to speak on behalf of Hellenism is only one link in a chain of countless transgressions. But paganism’s depravity is nothing new. More important is the fact that she was invited by Toutâ Galation to participate in their conference, which raises the question of their stand on cultural appropriation and pagan colonialism. There can be two reasons for her invitation: either the Toutâ Galation did not run a background check on her or they know about her, but have no problem with her activities. Whatever the case, by inviting a pagan colonialist and Genocide denier to speak at their conference, they offered a platform to cultural appropriation, Genocide denial, disinformation, ethnocentrism[5] and anti-Hellenism.

The European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER) and, most importantly, the Hellenic community must know this and address it properly.

Notes

[1] See: “Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality.”
[2] Hellenist: a person of non-Greek ancestry who is Greek in language, religion and ethos (“culture”).
[3] Hellenic community: a community of the Hellenic people.
[4] Hellenism or Hellenismos: the indigenous Hellenic culture, also known as “Hellenikon.”
[5] Ethnocentrism: understanding and judging “the professed convictions and other behaviors and cultural products of persons in other societies in terms of the categories and standards of one’s own” (Benson Saler: Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories, New York/Oxford, 2000, p. 8-9).