Me (Lara Atwood)

Sakro Sawel means “sacred sun” in the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. It is a term my husband and I put together by looking through dictionaries of reconstructed Proto-Indo-European words, and joining the words “sacred/sakro” and “sun/sawel” together.

On this website I (Lara Atwood) explore the ancient religion of the sun that was taken to indigenous peoples around the world following the catastrophe at the end of the last ice age (around 9,600 BC) by the legendary sages and civilizers recorded in world mythology.

It was central to a global culture that then diffused throughout the world, and was responsible for the building of many megalithic sites across the globe, all aligned to the sun at the solstices and equinoxes – and many even to each other across oceans. This religion also carried some of the greatest spiritual wisdom the world has ever known and was said to be the knowledge from a prior human age.

It is the timeless and eternal religion whose principles are imbued in the movements of the sun and stars, and in the natural world all around us, and can be practiced by all peoples. It’s the origin of many ancient wisdom traditions – some of which are still practiced today, like that of the pagans of Europe, the Druids, the Inca, the Hopi, Slavs, Hindus, Yezidis, ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Minoans, and many others.

I believe it is key to understanding our ancient past, who we are, and why we’re here.

Join me as I explore its mythology, wisdom, history, and archaeology, and also its revival in the modern day.

My husband Mark

I’d like to thank my husband Mark, without which none of this would be possible. The spiritual aspects of what I write about and share come from his spiritual knowledge and experience, and the archeological and historical aspects from my research into primary source documents, as well as the research of a number of authors and explorers who have contributed to the understanding of ancient civilization. Mark uncovered the deeper meanings and practice of the religion of the sun through his spiritual work and experience, which is enabling it to be revived in the modern day.

All the historical information presented in these videos is based upon available evidence, including ancient documents, archeological finds, documented oral histories, and scientific research.

You can find the Sakro Sawel YouTube channel here.

The video production team consists of:
My husband Mark as spiritual advisor and as taking care of all the technical aspects of filming,
Jon Alswinn as video editor,
Dara Hayes as designer,
And myself, Lara Atwood, as presenter and producer.


  1. Richard January 12, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Very interesting about what foods are mentioned in ancient texts I wasnt aware of this including donkey, after seeing some of the docos on the way that animals are treated today its not hard to sway toward a veggie diet, thanks for the info

  2. Ronson Terrell Freeman January 6, 2019 at 6:49 am - Reply


    I understand from your YouTube videos you are reviving ancient Sun Worship practices? Are these covered in your book? Dietary guidelines? Meditations? Visualization exercises? Energy work?

    P.S there is this overwhelming good energy when I look at your videos. Great vibration

    • Lara Atwood January 8, 2019 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Yes, we are reviving the actual practice of the Religion of the Sun, not just the historical understanding of it. My book, however, focuses on just the history. Some of the practices are outlined in the book I helped my husband to author, called The Path of the Spiritual Sun. There are more books and videos in the pipeline, however, which will focus specifically on explaining all the practices, so stay tuned. Feel free to ask any questions in the meantime though.

  3. Ronson January 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    first thank you for all the hard detective work & putting the pieces together.

    In your studies did you uncover the dietary practices of the “Religion” of the Sun?


    • Lara Atwood January 8, 2019 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Hi Ronson,

      I already posted this answer in reply to you on YouTube, but thought it would be good to have it in answer to you here too:

      Yes, I have found evidence for common themes in the diet followed by teachers and practitioners of the ancient Religion of the Sun.

      In the ancient Egyptian texts of the Kolbrin, Osiris forbade the eating both of swine and donkey – eating pork he calls an abomination, and donkey he says diminishes the vigor of men (not that many people eat donkey today!).

      I’ve also come across a number of references to vegetarianism. Jesus and James were both vegetarians. Hesiod the classical Greek poet (drawing on Thracian Indo-European traditions) infers that the people of the Golden Age were vegetarian. And the Vedic tradition in India, which is the most complete surviving Indo-European branch of the Religion of the Sun, promoted “Ahisma,” which in relation to food is vegetarianism (and not being cruel to animals in producing dairy or other animal products).

      Apart from that, in ‘the Essene Gospels of Peace’ Jesus is said to have advocated eating a diet including “living” foods – like sprouted grains, and certain foods which had been left out to absorb the energy of the sun, or cooked using the energy of the sun, like bread.

      • Ella January 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        I was listening to a donkey making its unmistakable “eeyore” the other day and it seemed to send such a horrible ‘energy’ out, it felt like it was a tormented wail from a mind in anguish. It made me think about how Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem is said to be a symbol of his power over the mind, and from that I also mused that eating donkey is probably not a good idea, if you think about the energy you are ingesting from the animal, similar to why you wouldn’t want to eat pig. So it’s interesting to hear about this reference of donkey meat ‘diminishing the vigor’ of the body.

        I’ve found so much scientific evidence on how riddled with parasites pork meat is. Even if people don’t consider the energetic reasoning behind avoiding foods as valid reasoning, there’s plenty of ‘hard science’ out there that I think would logically lead anyone to avoid pig meat totally.

        • john perez January 10, 2019 at 9:08 am - Reply

          Thanks for sharing Ella, I’ve also come across a lot of scientific evidence the pig meat is riddled with parasites and worms.

        • Michael January 10, 2019 at 3:33 pm - Reply

          Yes, I’ve heard the same thing about pigs and parasites Ella. Because they are rooting animals, they tend to be more prone to parasite infestation, which can in turn contaminate the meat during the slaughtering process. In a way pigs are nature’s waste disposal units, like flies, except on a much larger scale! Very few people would like to eat flies, but there is a huge market out there for pork products.

          I also heard that it’s best to avoid sea scavengers due to the same issue with them being prone to parasite infestation. There are some Biblical references to avoiding certain types of sea food, although I’m not sure of the exact passages.

          • Lucia January 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm

            Hi Michael, I have acome across those passages as well, I think they are from old testament. Not sure how reliable of a source it is, but there were some things that felt right (about sea scavengers, and even rabbits, etc). Of course, excluding all animals totally solves the problem, but then not everyone is quite there yet I suspect… For me personally, even though I rarely eat meat as such (maybe once a month, sometimes even less), I still don’t feel like excluding it totally, and for now have decided to just keep getting the meat and other animal products from the local people in the village I live in.

      • Paty January 9, 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

        @Ronson – that was a very interesting question that you asked – thank you.

        @Laura, thanks very much for that detailed response. I think it is valuable to understand the way in which the ancient people lived their lives as I can see the benefits in trying to emulate their customs, especially with regard to foods as they have such an influence over our overall well-being but also our psyche.

        • john perez January 10, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

          I agree Paty, Lara’s response is certainly worth taking seriously.

      • Martin January 14, 2019 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        It’s interesting about eating donkey’s; there’s a tradition amongst a Gypsy group in Australia where they don’t eat ‘beasts of burden’. They mainly talk about horse meat but a donkey would probably fall under that category.

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