The Religion of the Sun – Spirituality of a Lost Ancient Civilization

We’ve just released a new website, a new YouTube channel Sakro Sawel, and its first video, which gives a brief overview and introduction to the religion of the sun as the spirituality of a lost ancient civilization.

Here is the video:

Thank you very much to all those of you who have supported us and helped make this project possible.

I’ve already shot the next video, which explores the mystery that surrounds Odin – the wisdom bringer of the Norse and Germanic peoples. It should be up soon, and many more will follow.

By |2018-06-30T12:46:08+00:00July 22nd, 2017|ancient wisdom, video|61 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. chris scott August 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    What a great introduction into the religion of the sun. This project has opened the door to something magical, and an opportunity to reunite with our own spiritual sun.

    Lara, i also really liked the necklace your wore in the video. The first thing that stood out was how familiar that symbol is, as i have seen many different variations of it, throughout many different cultures. One example in particular is the Dendera zodiac, originally located in the Dendera Temple complex, Egypt.
    Im sure there is so much depth and meaning to these sacred symbols of the sun.

    A big thanks to all that have been involved for presenting this inspiring introduction of the religion of the sun, and to Belsebuub for bringing this profound knowledge to humanity.

  2. Michael August 1, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful announcement Lara, and a beautifully made and informative video. Thanks very much to you, Mark and everyone involved in spreading this valuable information in a new way. I look forward to seeing the next videos in the series, while trying to apply the universal principles that they describe to my own life.

    Thanks again.

  3. Golden Hummingbird July 31, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Thanks Lara. I hope Belsebuub too makes a come back in videos.

  4. Aleksandr July 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara for starting the new development. I look forward to the learning it provides, and also the opportunity to bring to life the myths, legends, and magic of the past.

  5. Jiri July 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for the new series, I like the words Sakro Sawel, and the new website looks very nice. I was also wondering for a while what is the symbol around your neck? It looks like Shamash but the Shamash looks slightly different. It would be nice if you could explain this, if not I understand.

    • Karim July 31, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Hi Jiri,

      I think it’s a version of one of the many sun crosses, a solar symbol. If I understand correctly from reading about it, this particular one is a Lithuanian based design.

      • Jiri August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Hi Karim,
        Thank you for your comment.

    • Lara Atwood August 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Jiri,

      Karim is right – it is from the Baltic region/Lithuania. As I understand, it is based on a historical find, and is a symbol of the sun. I really like how it incorporates the solar cross, as well as the three rings of the source/Absolute. It’s very interesting to note that the area around the Baltic region managed to preserve their old religion the longest in Europe before Christianity took over. It’s also interesting that the Lithuanian language is the closest to Sanskrit in the world (the language the Vedas are written in, in India). It shows that there is a strong Indo-European and religion of the sun connection between the two places.

      • Jiri August 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Hi Lara,
        Thank you for your reply. It is very interesting to know about these symbols and about the places they were resisting to become Christian countries and kept the religion that was very close to the Religion of the Sun. Actually was this the last place where was the Religion of the Sun alive? I also did not have much info about the Lithuanian language and that it is closely associated to Sanskrit, so thank you again for very detailed answer.
        I am looking forward for the next video.

        • Lara Atwood August 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

          Hi Jiri,
          Lithuania was the last “pagan” country in Europe. The population was forced to convert to Christianity in 1387. However, there are places where remnants of the religion of the sun survived even later. These pockets were wiped out with European colonization/conquest in different parts of the world. For example, the Guanche of the Canary Islands continued practicing their solar religion right up until they were invaded, enslaved, and their culture essentially wiped out by Spanish colonizers beginning in 1402. There are other parts of the world where remnants of the lost civilization of the sun survived until fairly recently too, like in New Zealand, and in North, Central and South America. In some ways it is quite amazing how close we are in time to it all.

      • Vida August 4, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

        That’s so interesting about the Lithuanian language Lara. I came across the Lithuanian word for God/Divinity the other day, which is Dievas. I thought it was pretty interesting how similar it was to the Sanskrit word for God/Divinity which is Deva. So it’s neat to hear that the Lithuanian language does have a known link to Sanskrit.

        • Lara Atwood August 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

          Yes, both languages share a common root that traces back to the peoples who wrote the Vedas. Both are descended from the Proto-Indo-European language, which incredibly around half the world’s languages are related to, but Lithuanian is the most similar to Sanskrit of all of them. That’s why you see some Lithuanian pagan groups doing ceremonies with Hindu groups, as they understand their common spiritual roots. The largest Druid organization in the world also holds conferences with Hindus where they discuss their common spiritual roots, as they also hark from essentially the same branch. The famous myth that tells of a time when humanity spoke one language that was then scattered and became many, suddenly becomes a very real possibility.

  6. Deano July 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Fantastic video all around. Very inspiring and a great overview. Thank you

  7. Maia July 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful video, thank you all for revealing this new project. It captivates from the first moment and I hope that many more people can learn about the religion of the Sun and how all past knowledge is related to present.

  8. Seraphim July 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Very nice video with a good quality. Thank you, Mark, Lara, and everyone that worked for this video and website.

    It would be more helpful for me to understand more and better the video if there were also English subtitles.

  9. Roy July 25, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Wow, what an inspiring video and this is only the beginning. A big thank you to everyone who is involved! I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  10. Jenny July 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    It’s so great to see this first video and the Sakro Sawel website released. The video is so good – everything in it looks amazing, and it’s so well done. It’s great this new chapter has begun and I am looking forward to all that is ahead.

  11. Matthew July 24, 2017 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Fantastic video, excellent presentation in all respects — content, delivery and production quality. Great job!

  12. Patricia July 23, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I’m happy to hear about the good news and excited to see this captivating video. Looking forward to learning more about the religion of the sun and our ancient roots that connects us to it and hopefully to each other as well.

  13. Zorana July 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Incredibly well made video. I liked how the symbol in the bottom left-hand corner was appearing and disappearing throughout — pretty neat! Also a great intro to this religion and how these legends, sites, and people are so interconnected.

    Thanks to all who have supported the making of this new series. I think it’s going to be a big help for people seeking to understand… well, life. I look forward to sharing these videos with others. πŸ˜€

  14. Lance July 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    A wise man said, Esoteric students shouldn’t sleep during the day, or else they’ll absorb the black light of the sun, leaving them feeling seedy and demagnetized. There are also many clues throughout history about the importance of being awake at sunrise. Is this advice relevant?

  15. ccarmel July 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    This is so insightful such amazing wisdom and understanding and beautifully put together with so much information, a fantastic video to watch ,Thank you Belsebuub and Lara and every one involved .

  16. Tone July 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara, great video. It’s interesting how it all ties in together. Be interesting to see the ones to come.

  17. Olga July 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I just want to say – this is wonderful!

    Thank you so much for launching the project, website and series of videos. I am really speechless, but extremely excited to see it all materialize. A much needed balm for the times we live in, to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle back together after a very long and overdue amnesia.

  18. DavidH July 23, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    This is so inspiring! What a great first video, I really like the intro graphics and music and the summary you gave Lara was very informative, a great overview. I really like that solar cross you have there with the three swirls in the middle of it, I have not seen one like that before.

    This is so incredibly amazing to see the beginning of the re-emergence of the religion of the sun after all that has happened. Thank you for all your work and perseverance Mark and Lara and to all who support you in any way to help you keep going and in delivering these projects.

    Very much looking forward to seeing more videos and seeing the big vision become reality.

    The light has regained some territory! May it continue to grow!

  19. Dara July 23, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    This is really exciting πŸ™‚ Even just seeing this first video which provides the big picture overview of the religion of the sun and some of the historical figures and sacred sites that were left behind as part of that legacy, is inspiring and helpful because of the unique way video brings these subjects to life. Also agree with what Justin said, these videos will be a great way for someone to start grasping what the religion of the sun is about quickly, so it will be a nice introduction to share with others.

    Thank you very much for bringing this new project out!

  20. richard spencer July 23, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Fantastic this is very inspiring project I really look forward to watching and reading this new information, incredible that there can be a universal religion that has people have known about and practiced for thousands of years, in contrast to what we see in the religions now days with all the conflicts associated with who is right and wrong, thanks

  21. Craig July 23, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    A great video! I also like the transcript that is provided on and look forward to rekindling this lost treasure! As it has been already shown on the Spiritual Sun website, it seems that there is no part of the planet that has not had the sun religion on it.

  22. Lara Atwood July 23, 2017 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for your support everyone. There are so many more incredible topics to make videos about, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. There are already lots of videos lined up and a big vision of where this can go.

    • john perez July 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lara for all your hard efforts and of course Belsebuub, truly this such great work and in a league of it’s own.
      Watching this video and learning about The Spiritual Sun religion has brought a lot happiness in my life and many others that I’ve spoken to. Finally I feel that there is hope.

      • Lara Atwood August 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Me too John. Feels like a ray of light has finally shone down through the dark clouds into the encompassing darkness the world is in.

        • Michael August 2, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

          I agree Lara and John. It’s touching that the power of the light is always renewed and keeps shining to the world, despite the well-organised networks of darkness that have been attempting to extinguish it for so long.

          Many of us have seen the devastating consequences of the forces of darkness in the world and I hope that we all can unite to support the knowledge of light to be re-established to its rightful place in the world.

  23. Layla July 23, 2017 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Excellent news!

    I was so excited to watch this video and it really felt like something of the past was making a re-emergence in a new way. It really inspired a sense of human and divine unity here on earth and with the stars above.

    Each book, video and website weaves the story of our ancient times into a visible and tangible reality that has been devastating for our world to have lost.

    Its so interesting that in these darkest of times, the light emerges again just as like the winter solstice when the birth of the son/sun does at that time.

    Thank you for all the incredible spiritual knowledge Belsebuub and the amazing research Lara, its the hope the light and the wisdom that gives us reason to keep going, when the whole world is crumbling down around us.

    Thank you so much for uncovering the Path of the Spiritual Sun!

    • Karim July 23, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Nicely said Layla.

      As Lara mentions in the video: “But just as it is ancient ..[…].. so is it timeless, as it is the knowledge of the reality of existence.”

      • Zorana July 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

        I loved that line too, Karim. Very powerful.

  24. Steve July 23, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    The video gives a feeling of timelessness to the ancient religon of the sun as it describes how far back people have been practicing sun worship, Wow looking forward to more releases from the new website!

    Thanks to everyone involved.

  25. Justin July 23, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Very exciting to see this new series kick-off.

    The video is very professional (really like the opening sequence). I can see how someone who was new to the subject could watch this and get a clear understanding of the main points about the religion of the sun and its history. Hopefully this could be a very effective way to introduce a broader audience to the knowledge written about in Path of the Spiritual Sun.

    Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.

  26. Vadim July 23, 2017 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Well done, Lara – thank you! All the best with this project!

  27. Vida July 23, 2017 at 12:26 am - Reply

    This is so awesome Lara – really great video and project. I’m definitely looking forward to the next video as well! πŸ™‚

  28. David Robertson July 22, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks to everyone concerned in this magic production.
    Thanks so much.

  29. Karim July 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Very exciting! Awesome to see this video and to hear about this amazing information in this way!

    Looking forward to discovering more and to see things grow at Sakro Sawel.

    Great job on the video and work btw.

  30. Paty July 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful information that you are making available for all.

    I really enjoyed watching the video and look forward to the next installments. Such beauty in this knowledge.

    Let us hope it reaches far and wide and inspired many.


  31. Daniel M July 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    This is amazing news!
    Thank you so much for all the huge efforts Belsebuub, Lara, and everyone involved in this project.

  32. Adam July 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    What a beautifully made video and with such an amazing information of our hidden spiritual and historical heritage.This is something incredibly timeless and I look forward to the new website and content.

  33. Pavlin July 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    What a great video πŸ™‚ Thank you very much, Mark, Lara and everyone behind the scenes for your hard work on helping us connect the dots of humanity’s lost spirituality.

  34. Alexandros July 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Gongrats to people who work upon this new project, it’s so important and gives hope and smiles πŸ™‚
    Thank you, that’s wonderful news and I am looking forward to seeing new projects in the future.
    Reading, studying the topics about the Spiritual Sun is so awesome.
    Well done to all of you behind the scenes πŸ™‚

  35. Maria V July 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    A so beautiful video, with timeless and so meaningful information! Thank you very much Belsebuub, Lara and everyone who worked for this wonderful project. Looking forward to see the next video too.

  36. Mike July 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Whoah, this is exciting! What a great first video. I’m feeling very inspired.

    Thank you to everyone involved in initiating this new project!

    It will be amazing to revive that ancient knowledge and connection to the cosmos and bring it to this modern era.

    • Karim July 22, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Agreed Mike. It would be something so amazing to bring that ‘life’ which the ancients tapped into, into our world here today. I think it could do people so much good!

  37. Geraldine July 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    What an amazing day this is! Thank you Belsebuub, thank you Lara. And many thanks to everyone I nvolved behind the scenes for making this happen.

  38. Cheryl Dubois July 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    All you efforts are appreciated by many. Thank you so much for bringing light and clarity to the volumes of details. More than interesting or novel a thorough explanation of timeless significance.

  39. David A July 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    That’s a great video! Love how the sun rises over the pyramid in the intro. I’m really looking forward to more videos in the series. This one was so packed full of good information, it will be great to hear more about different topics regarding the religion of the sun that come from research and understanding directly related to it.

    I’m really looking forward to learning more about Odin actually (is that a statue of him on the table in the background?) as I’ve been looking into myth / legend about him a bit recently, but I’ve been finding it a bit hard to make out what is true and original and what has become distorted over time.

    I like the ending of the video a lot too πŸ™‚

    • Lara Atwood July 23, 2017 at 5:17 am - Reply

      Yes, you picked it David. It is a hand carved statue of Odin on the table behind me.

      It can be difficult to separate out what originally happened from what has been added and mixed in over so many thousands upon thousands of years. I could imagine in the days long before movies and novels, people gathered around campfires in the evenings listening to the bards and storytellers weave fantastic and dramatic tales about the heroes and tales of old. I could also imagine that while this oral form of storytelling as a way of passing on knowledge could retain many key events, that it could also lead to many other extrapolations being added in.

      I believe there is enough key information about Odin however, to indicate there is much more to him than at first seems.

      • David July 24, 2017 at 3:35 am - Reply

        Thanks for sharing that. It makes sense that because the source of the myths and legends is so old there is a lot of scope for things being added in or changed over time that takes away from the original source and message.

        It seems nowadays that most of scandanavian / nordic history is romanticised with tales of violent marauders and that through this sort of representation in popular culture this is what most people think of when looking back in time to that era. When looking into those stories it seems like that influence has also made it’s way into the depictions of the different deities in the Norse tradition in different ways.

        It seems though that the original people’s and religions of that area were quite different to the popular depictions.

      • Martin July 25, 2017 at 2:44 am - Reply

        That form of story telling around the camp fire appears to have led to the current comic book and Hollywood film depictions of Thor and Odin which Disney are having a field day with. It would be nice to get to the source of the story; thanks for putting this up Lara, and thanks to every one who is working on it.

  40. john perez July 22, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    This is just brilliant information and surely can not be denied. The evidence which is found all over our planet speaks for itself, and the information on this video deserves world wide attention to help anyone who chooses to discover who they truly are.

    I loved every moment of this video, thank you. I’m really looking forward to the next video.

  41. Fotis July 22, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

    This news is awesome!
    I’m looking forward to delving into these new projects and grab a bigger picture of the religion of the sun and how to practice it.

    Thank you a lot Belsebuub, Lara and everyone who work behind the scenes, you work is most appreciated!

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