Christopher Higgins <[log in to unmask]> wrote :
> As a matter of fact, I've just finished reading Celtic Heritage.
>Excellent book although it's a lot to digest. How did you come to the
>conclusion that the Fir Bolg became the Pretani?
The FirBolg didn't 'become' the Pretani. What I am saying is
that the FirBolg tribes of Ireland were P-Celtic speaking peoples, and
that there would seem to be a link both culturally and linguistically
with the so-called 'Picts' of Scotland, who, as latest research shows,
were also P-Celtic peoples. I suggested (following from
Watson's 'Place Names of Scotland' and others) that the Cruithni of
Ireland, the Picts of Scotland and the Pretani of Britain, or
'Pryden', might be generic terms for similar groups of people,
linguistically and culturally speaking. The whole of Britain was once
populated by Celtic peoples.
>> I'm finding it rather difficult to hunt down
>information on the Brythonic peoples. It's always urked me that when
>people think Celtic they think of the Irish and maybe the Scots. There are
>four other distinct cultures out there or what's left of them waiting to
>be discovered. Most people I talk to don't even know what Wales is,
>including Irish-Canadians. It seems that (from a Canadian point of view)
>Celtic Solidarity is a pipe dream which really saddens me.
I think there's alot of people in Cymru, Kernow and Breizh that would
surprise you here. In terms of language revival, the Welsh seem to be
so much farther on than the Gaels in Scotland, who are still squabbling
amongst themselves, and *that* saddens me! Look at the recent fiasco
with the leadership of An Commun Gaidhealach, for example.
I am very much pro-European, as I think stronger ties with Europe (and
weaker ties with the colonial concept of 'Great Britain') will help to
foster stronger ties between the Celtic cultures of Europe. I don't
think this is a pipe dream. I do think it's a long, hard, uphill
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