On Fri, 18 Apr 1997 20:11:23 -0300 Neil Alasdair McEwan
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>On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Julie Warriner wrote:
>> I would be interested in any insight you might have. You seem to be
>> knowledgeable about a lot of things. What do you think are the
>> any, of these writings to be Celtic? A woman from Ireland told me
>> the same thing near her home.
> I'm only claiming to be skeptical, at least to be as skeptical as
>mainstream archaeologists are. The fact is that belief in
>Norse and Celtic visits to the New World is as pervasive as belief in
>the paranormal is, but with the exception of the L'Anse-aux-Meadows
>Viking settlement in Newfoundland none of the stories or "artifacts"
>turned out to be worth very much. I think that these beliefs are
>motivated by ethnic pride and little more -- some Irish believe in the
>fables of St. Brendan the Navigator, for example; some Afrocentrists
>(including the writer Bell Hooks) believe that Africans made peaceful
>contact with the Natives of Central America (some also say that the
>thick-lipped Olmec heads are evidence of this; and of course the Welsh
>have the Madoc story that's been discussed on this list before. In
>face of such widespread ethnocentrism, it is right to be very
>and it's only fair to the first nations of the Americas as well, whose
>cultural heritage is under question.
Whether or not Brendan actually made the voyage isn't the point. There
are described one or two voyages, one along the route Columbus later
took and the other the route that Tim Severin took in his reproduction
ocean-going curragh. Some say the two voyages are just legs of a single
voyage. What Severin did was to look through the fantastical
descriptions to find actual landmarks, much like Heinrich Schleiman did
to find Troy. Since the "Navagatio" was first "published" in, I believe
the 7th Century, it does strongly suggest that someone went the
route...Brendan or no.