Sunday, 24 June 2012
Academics are beginning to unearth evidence from the disciplines of linguistics,genetics,archaeology and history for the much deeper antiquity of the presence of the Germanic peoples in the British Isles. Two books in particular are of especial interest and relevance to this subject, namely Stephen Oppenheimer`s The Origins of the British and Graeme Davis` The Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland.
Another work which is indirectly of assistance in the much wider issue of the deeper antiquity of the Indo-European presence in Europe is Colin Renfrew`s Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins.
Dr Oppenheimer`s work unfortunately has been misunderstood and misinterpreted on many discussion forums where people assume[often those who have not taken the time to read his book] that his general theory is that the British Isles "were populated almost entirely by Iberians and Basques". This is a false understanding. It is clear that if they had taken the trouble to read his book-IN ITS ENTIRETY they would see that his main argument and theory is that the English population of Britain has a much deeper antiquity than the arbitary date of 449CE referred to in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
Oppenheimer uses first the science of genetics to establish that Britain was populated in two directions: one from the modern region of the Basque country in southern France and northern Spain where northern Europeans had retreated before the last great Ice Age and then returned to northern Europe and one from North West Europe. This does not make any of the populations of Britain Basque or Iberian[these ethnicities did not even exist at the time!]just because some of the Basques or Iberians have a similar DNA haplotype to some northern Europeans. This faulty interpretation of genetics and history unfortunately leads many lesser minds to infect others with similar error.
After establishing the genetic basis for the migration into the British Isles he then explains his argument from various sources that Old English[which we commonly refer to as "Anglo-Saxon"]is a much more ancient language than it is traditionally thought to be. Indeed he goes so far to postulate that Old English which he feels has more Norse influence than Low German should be considered as a seperate branch of Germanic, midway between North and West Germanic. The utter lack of Latin and Celtic loan words and the apparent division into distinct regional dialects of Old English so soon by the mid 6th century CE points to the presence of a much more long standing Germanic language in England which created a hybrid with the Anglo-Saxon invasions which he feels did not significantly change the gene pool of England because he argues that Germanic people had already colonised England at some point between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and that there has been a steady colonisation from that point up to the 5th century CE and onwards with the Danish invasions.
Oppenheimer also demolishes the theory that Celtic languages were introduced into Britain as late as the Iron Age, again arguing for a much deeper presence of Indo-European languages. He also establishes the likely Germanic roots of the Belgae who he believes were also part of the long Germanic migration into Britain.
His theories should be of considerable utility to all who are involved in the reawakening of the Germanic English peoples and their struggle to regain their soil from the invader.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Whilst the title of this blog suggests an emphasis on comparative Germanic and Celtic mythologies from time to time it is my intention to explore other closely related northern European mythologies,in particular the Baltic and Slavic.
Whilst the Gaelic tongue is undoubtedly an ancient Indo-European language as Latin, Greek and Sanskrit are the Baltic languages are probably the most archaic and the study of these languages can get us closer to our Indo-European roots.
Baltic is divided into West Baltic[Old Prussian-now extinct] and Eastern Baltic[Lithuanian and Latvian].
In addition to the antiquity of Baltic which in itself can reveal the likely form of our Ur-Sprache and the lifestyle of our ancient Aryan ancesters the very fact that the Balts did not start to convert to christianity until the 15th century CE-over 400 years after the Icelanders and approximately 800-900 years after the Anglo-Saxons there is a rich storehouse of pre-christian Aryan and moreover northern European folklore and mythology which can help to throw light upon the beliefs or our Germanic and Celtic ancestors and even further back to Proto-Indo-European times.
By analysing the remnants of Celtic, Germanic, Baltic and Slavic myths we can throw light upon the individual mythologies and project back in time a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European belief system.
The Balts unlike their Celtic, Germanic and Slavic neighbours resided in a living space that was relatively free of other indigenous peoples and remain untouched by the centuries of alien invasions by Mongolian and Hunnish hordes.
It is amongst the Baltic peoples that we can expect to find a more archaic, pure and untouched mythology, language and blood inheritance.
Over the coming months it is my intention to explore and discuss some of the details of the Baltic mythological system and how it can help us to reconstruct our pre-christian ancient Aryan one.
Baltic mythology is largely to be found in the pre-christian Dainas or hymns which are comparable in many ways to the Sanskrit Vedas.
"The German philosopher J.G. Herder[200 years ago] and the French linguist M. Jonval[80 years ago] described the Latvian Dainas as an archaic inheritance from the very beginnings of the Indo-European[I.E.] language community."[The Origin of The Baltic and Vedic Languages by Janis Radvils Paliepa]