=>What's this I hear about the early warriors painting themselves blue
=>and rushing (naked) their opponents on the battlefield, scaring them
=>half to death? I have heard this from others but never substantiated
=>with a source. Do any of you have any more to say on the matter --
=>sources where this could be looked in to?
The `blue' reference I'm not too sure about, but the naked
mass rush was documented in the earlier roman accounts of contact with
the celts. Though body painting wouldn't be totally out of
character. The legions weren't not accustomed to the wildness of the
attacks and in early confrontations the romans broke and ran. These
battles took place in what is now northern Italy. The early celtic
immigrations from the northern mountains into this region were these
accounts I recall, circa 300bc or so. I'll get you some references
tonight, as I have little at hand at work.
On another note: I read a brief account of a tradition
attributed to the Picts of martriarchal heirship. The source stated in
passing that it was the only culture to do so. It stated that the heir
was the first male nephew of a blood sister to the `king' (assumed
chieftian) the source in my mind is a bit weak imho, and I was
wondering if anyone had run across this before.