· Shiva presented on Atheists in the Media, Film, Art, and Music
· She then presented extensively on Atheists in Metal
· Music has been an integral part of religion for as long as religion has been around
o Music is thought to be very inspiring and uplifting
· Some types of Metal:
· Metal originated in Norway, but has other regional developments
· Pagan Metal:
o Less intense
o Promotes pride in one’s heritage and ancestry
· Metal has two main themes:
o Exposing hypocrisy in institutions (particularly, religion)
o Returning land and ways of life to the natives of that land.
· Shiva then responded to questions and comments from the audience
Shiva’s follow up:
During and after my presentation last week on music I had some requests to follow up on certain things…
First, you seemed to want to hear a sample of Skyforger to hear the bagpipe. Here’s a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M45QTtJZ8Fk&feature=related
The audio quality is a bit poor, so give them a break if something sounds awful. Skyforger is from Latvia, by the way.
Here’s another popular band with an overload of traditional sounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ise7oUz3LYk
Here’s another band you might find interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej690uaBwUA
Tyr, from the Faroe Islands.
Also, I mentioned Iranian metal, and I had a couple of requests to give some examples of that. Here are some links to music from Iranian metal bands in (and maybe outside) of Iran:
Have fun and thanks for your time!