Sunday, October 25, 2015

The British Isles and Atland

Over recent years I have written extensively on this and my Celto-Germanic Culture, Myth and History blogs about the ancient presence of the Germanic peoples in the British Isles and how English is now increasingly being considered as an ancient Germanic language deserving of its own classification as a distinct sub-group within the family of Germanic languages. See http://The Ancient Presence of the Germanic Peoples in England 

I have also made a case for the Germanic origins of the megalithic culture. 
In the light of this I have also widely discussed the Indo-European or Aryan origins of Phases II and III of Stonehenge.

Wulf Ingessunu, the founder and Folk Warder of Woden's Folk has also followed similar but independent lines of enquiry in his writings. I wish to add further light to these researchers by informing my readers that my research and conclusions have been strengthened in my own mind following my recent reading of Tony Steele's The Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft, published by Capall Bann in 2001. Mr Steele is the founder of  the Ordo Anno Mundi, a magical order which uses the Oera Linda Book as a foundational text. The Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft quotes frequently from the Oera Linda Book.

Tony Steele's book contains a lot of useful information regarding the lost Frisian and Aryan civilisation and land mass known as Atland which he derives from Oat-land and Aldland-Old-land. This land mass and its civilisation was destroyed by the Great Flood of 2194 BCE. He considers the cause of this cataclysm to be the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet. Interestingly the reappearance of this comet heralded the formation of Woden's Folk by Wulf, to prepare the way for the final Avatar. There is a deep mystical truth and connection here that we need to meditate on.

Mr Steele comes to the conclusion (far earlier than many others) that Old English, which is closely related to Old Frisian is far more archaic than many scholars up until now have been willing to admit.  Stephen Oppenheimer in his Origins of the British: The New Pre-History of Britain: A Genetic Detective Story (2007) analyses the structure and lexicon of Old English and comes to the conclusion that it is not merely an offshoot of the West Germanic or Ingaevonic language group. Its genesis is more complicated than that. It does indeed share a close similarity in structure with Old Frisian but its lexicon is greatly affected by North Germanic-Old Norse. Now my readers must not jump to the conclusion that this is the result of the Viking invasions as these took place centuries after the advent of the Anglo-Saxons. So any Scandinavian influence on Old English would have had to have taken place before the Saxon invasions but this does not make sense as before these invasions there was no English presence in Britain-or so it would seem. Thus Oppenheimer theorises that there was indeed a Germanic language and thus a Germanic presence already here in England by the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions.

The truth of the matter is that the ancestors of the English were present in Britain thousands of years before the accepted date of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of 449 CE referred to in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Like myself Mr Steele attributes the Megalithic Culture to the Germanic peoples but he refers to the English as part of a Frisian confederation which covered most of northern and western Europe. It is no coincidence that Haplotype R1b is dominant in western Europe including the British Isles and is particularly common amongst the so-called Celts of Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as the Western Germanic peoples (English, Frisians, Dutch, Germans). Indeed Wulf makes a similar point in his recent blog article

"These similarities may not be 'borrowings' since I would suggest they have a common source in the ancient land of At-al-land which was the northern continent much of which sank under the North Sea some 7,000 years ago in a catastrophe. This being so these myths are Ario-Germanic Myths (Northern European) originally. As we have gone some way to proving, these islands were not 'Celtic' at all but were made up mainly of Germanic Folk with a mixture of Gallic peoples from Southern Europe and migrations from the South."

To further prove this point 'The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel' is based around the Winter Sunstead period of the year, and the four main points of the 'Celtic' (Gallic) calender are the X-points and not the points that include the Winter Sunstead, this being a Germanic Festival. We can find Germanic Myth throughout these islands since the peoples are a mixture, and the idea that Wales, Scotland and Ireland are somewhat 'different' and 'Celtic' is a modern invention - one suited to our oppressors who work through the 'divide and conquer' method. In very ancient times we can see that Ingwe-Inguz is a figure found throughout these islands (except Wales, but even there we find Woden as Gwydio/Wydion).
There is a particularly close connection between Germanic and Celtic mythology in the British Isles which goes beyond cultural 'borrowing' or exchange or indeed from their shared Indo-European distant past. It is indicative that the shared mythology and DNA of the so-called Celts and Teutons demonstrates that at one point they were a unifield folk and that the British Isles has always been Ario-Germanic.

For many years so-called scholars have been unwilling to admit to the possibility that Stonehenge, the greatest of our ancient monuments was of Indo-European origin despite research and writings on this subject going back to the 1950s. It is only now with the recent discoveries at Stonehenge that it is accepted as fact even though the likes of Peter Crampton and Leon Stover have been writing about this since the 1960s and 1970s respectively that Stonehenge was built by Indo-Europeans (the Wessex Culture).

What I find also of interest in Mr Steele's book is that the Picts, thought to be aboriginal to Britain may indeed have a Germanic origin. For many years they were considered to be either non-Indo-European or simply a subset of the Celts. It is argued that the language of the Picts was "a very archaic and somewhat degenerate form of Germanic." Mr Steele mentions that the original name of Britain was Albion meaning either White Island or more interestingly Elf Island. He points out that J.R.R. Tolkien demonstrated that cognates of the word 'Elf' are only to be found in Germanic languages! The Scots who colonised Scotland from Ulster renamed the Picts' Alba as Scotland.

The Frisian confederation was apparently divided into ten 'kindreds' which included the Angelarar (the Angles) along with the Juttar (Jutes) and Saxmannar (Saxons)which constituted the Anglo-Saxon tribes which returned to Britain from the mid 5th century CE onwards. The English therefore were an important part of this confederation.

I will be returning to this subject in future articles on this blog.

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