Atheism in Film, Art and Music

· 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:

o Black

o Death

o Pagan

· 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:

Hey guys,

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:

http://www.myspace.com/arasband
http://www.myspace.com/kahtmayan
http://www.myspace.com/mordab
http://www.myspace.com/sorginnkal
lelse
http://www.myspace.com/iranianblackmetal

Have fun and thanks for your time!

– Shiva

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