>... the "dark ages" in fact is a
>statement about the value of Celtic and other cultures, the "Barbarians"
>that time period. It is imperative to always examine who wrote history and
>why -- it is also amazing to me that it's taken us so long to reclaim our
One of the ways we can approach this kind of issue and reclaim our heritage
is to celebrate terms like "Barbarian". Words change meaning over time, and
things collect new labels that hide layers of implied judgement all the
time. There is no real reason why we can't talk about "barbarian culture"
and make a positive change of meaning rather than attempt negative attacks
by trying to argue the value of this culture from the outset. "Barbarian
culture" and "barbarian civilization" imply that the barbarians had a
valuable culture and a civilized society (whatever "civilized" is supposed
to mean). There are two effects of this approach - 1) these peoples are
associated with the "quality" labels "civilization" and "culture", and 2)
discussion is likely to ensue about the validity of the terms when those
misguided types encounter them who believe the Romans & Greeks were about
all that are worth attention in European history until the arrival of the
likes of Alfred, Henry VIII, Charlemagne, the Crusades, Henry II, Emperor
Frederick II etc etc etc.
Even so, let's get stuff like "Dark Ages", "Irish Famine", "Home Counties",
"Mainland Britain", "Regional" out of our vocabularies and take control of
our heritage and destiny.
Stiofa/n mac Amhalgaidh - "Maqqi"
"My, what big teeth you have, grandma!"
"All the better to eat you with..."