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I came across this programme, which looks quite good, near us in Virginia:
Anyone who takes a workshop there on the beginning Pathwalker skills (shelter and fire making, wildcrafting, etc.) who wants to stop here afterwards can swap workshops with us: you teach us the stone age survival skills you learned, and we'll give you a free workshop in exchange.
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Although generally assumed to be Celtic, oral tradition and myth indicate that a Tree Alphabet existed in some form much earlier, and was carved into wood, rather than stone, leaving no artefacts. Irish myths allude to Ogham being written on leaves or wood, and later, when the alphabet was already falling into disuse, to plain pieces of wood being left as Ogham messages for those versed in the lore. Such allusions make plain that they were not only an alphabet, but a mnemonic device for remembering story lore. So leaving an Ogham stick for someone actually left them quite a store of information: the nature and properties of the tree itself, which could be interpreted within the appropriate context, and the archetypal story which the person leaving the message felt was being enacted.
All of which would seem to say that the fate of the Ogham followed that of other building materials. For instance, the megalith builders built in wood originally, shifting to stone as the forests were cleared and disappeared. It makes sense that builders would make the shift to stone first, with craftsmen following much later. Thus, Ogham as a written language diminished along with the Woods, until finally, with the disappearance of the trees it was reduced to use labelling stone boundary markers.
Tree Ogham are found in all of the 'Celtic countries', and to a lesser extent, in North America; an idea which is still hotly disputed by some academics (the same ones who discount archaeological evidence for European megaliths here), but has gained increasing respect as more European universities have come to study our artefacts. [Frankly, anyone who examines the American Ogham stones (and use the term American, here, in the continental sense of the word) can see they were not created randomly by ploughs or receding glaciers, but hey... if they need to believe that, then who are we to try to dissuade them?]
Enjoy, and feel free to respond with links to new Ogham sites (especially university pages) as they appear!
There are at least five pronunciations of the name "Lleu Llaw Guffes" in this production by Granada Television; more if you count the narrator's introductions. Since Granada had a fairly good reputation for researching their productions, this appears to provide some verification for the idea that there is no such thing as "standard" pronunciations; only a variety of regional pronunciations.
Post by Da'jeena ᚛ᚇᚐ ᚓᚓᚅᚐ᚜ on Jul 16, 2017 7:45:18 GMT -5
Greetings Sister Morgaine
I must say, for it to be nearly 50 years old the QUALITY of the video is really good! Watching now and the story action thus far is intriguing
I watch quite a bit of British, Welsh, Irish, Aussie etc programming on Netflix and other streaming services, so I'm used to different accents, but sometimes I can't quite catch what's being said and I turn on closed captioning (cc). Tried using the cc function with this episode, which works, but it's not very good and it mucks up some words (they said rats, the cc reads acid). Funny but not very helpful. Will keep watching and hopefully train my ear enough to understand.