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The Saga of BIORN.

The Saga Of Biorn from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

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Pictish Tattoo Perspectives.

Some of you may of noticed that my blog entries on PICTISH TATTOOING are not visible?
Don’t worry, they are not deleted, when i get around to it they will be updated and revised.
Much more information has come to light and to be honest the findings are exciting! I will try to compile this new information as soon as possible, spending time researching and studying ancient writings is precarious at times, particularly when you have very limited language abilities, Bi or multi-lingual i am not, reading latin, gaelic or olde’ english is confusing, so i am at the mercy of other peoples translations! So, a great deal of comparitive work is being attempted, though some of the sources i have discovered and had shared with me is truly revelatory and paints a compelling picture of Pictish tattoo practices.

To all the nay sayers who would believe that the Picts did not tattoo, hold onto your history it just may well be re-written!

Cheers,

Mike

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Red hair & Red shanked.

According to Tacitus ( a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire), Calgacus (sometimes Calgacos or Galgacus) was a chieftain of the Caledonian Confederacy who fought the Roman army of Gnaeus Julius Agricola at the Battle of Mons Graupius in northern Scotland in AD 83 or 84. His name can be as interpreted as Celtic *calg-ac-os, “possessing a blade” or “possessing a penis”.

Not making fun of Galgacus here, just put him in animated, whimsical form, though enough heart to realise he is one serious dude?

Just a thought also, it was the battle of Mons Grapius, where supposedly 30,000 Caledonians against some 17,000 to 30,000 Roman soldiers fought. It was recorded that the Calendonians (PICTS) suffered a great loss? A tremendous defeat?  An estimated 10,000 Picts lay dead upon the battle field, as the remianing 20,000 ran for thier lives, all at the hands of just 360 auxiliary troops, for the rest of the legions were not even engaged in the battle?

Hhmmmmm, can we believe such a report? And where were the weapons of mass destruction? hehehehehe! No i think this is wishful thinking on behalf of a senator and a Roman society moving towards Empirical status, just propaganda!

Following this final battle, it was proclaimed that Agricola had finally subdued all the tribes of Britain and the constructing of we have the building of the Antonine Wall in 142Ad and some 20 years later in 122Ad .C  the Hadrian Wall as the lines of the Roman frontier withdrew from a tenacious enemy and hardly defeated or broken people.

And if such a solid and no doubt pyschological defeat took place at Mons Grapius, why build a wall in the first place? Why aren’t these walls littering the whole British isles?

I think Rome needed to hear a good report, just as thier leaders good not hear report of thier own legions defeat!

The wall was not a reminder of a defeated people, but of an outpost that the Rome could not take and a people they could not colonise!

Galgacus’ speech maybe fantasy and lends itself to the creation of a noble savage and the reluctant surrender of a people; for the roman elite to imagine over. But, the words in context of a writer torn between two realities rings true all the same!

Whenever I consider the origin of this war and the necessities of our position, I have a sure confidence that this day, and this union of yours, will be the beginning of freedom to the whole of Britain. To all of us slavery is a thing unknown; there are no lands beyond us, and even the sea is not safe, menaced as we are by a Roman fleet. And thus in war and battle, in which the brave find glory, even the coward will find safety. Former contests, in which, with varying fortune, the Romans were resisted, still left in us a last hope of succour, inasmuch as being the most renowned nation of Britain, dwelling in the very heart of the country, and out of sight of the shores of the conquered, we could keep even our eyes unpolluted by the contagion of slavery. To us who dwell on the uttermost confines of the earth and of freedom, this remote sanctuary of Britain’s glory has up to this time been a defence. Now, however, the furthest limits of Britain are thrown open, and the unknown always passes for the marvellous. But there are no tribes beyond us, nothing indeed but waves and rocks, and the yet more terrible Romans, from whose oppression escape is vainly sought by obedience and submission. Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace.[1]

Perhaps this is but the mixed conscience of Tacitus writing in a manner that would both offend and slightly please Roman sensibilities; if it indeed blatantly came from one of romes own?

*And you will notice for the sensitive nature of many women folk, an elaborately woven lap lap covers scotlands greatest weapon…………. for……. “Here’s tae us, Wha’s like us, Damn few.  And they’re a’ deid, Mair’s the pity!

( I have taken a fair share of whats written here from WIKIPEDIA. Save me going through books for a wee’ blog entry!)

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Serpent & Z Rod.

Just knocked off this little pictish ditty the other night and thought i’d share it wid ya’ll?
I designed it primarily for a T-Shirt, i just can not justify paying some big name brand $50 or more for a one colour font based design on a t-shirt, all you become is a walking billboard and you are paying them for the priviledge, crazy!

So i have got into the habit of doing my own t-shirts via redbubble.com when my t-shirt supplies are wearing out!

This print available here<<<

This design is from a stone carving, the design has been entitled by researchers as a SERPENT & Z ROD.

There are a number of versions of the SERPENT or SNAKE & Z ROD, though this one is found in Inverurie Parish and is called the Brandsbut Stone, located in Aberdeenshire .

It is considered a class1 stone and includes writing in Ogham, a written language first developed in Ireland and later used in Scotland. The Brandsbutt Stone was at one time broken in pieces, it was going to be used to build a field dyke,  but the pieces have since been put together and such stones treasured more highly. Who knows how many other stones have been lost this way?


A new design, a different form of the Serpent & Z Rod. 7/9/10.

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A little bit of Pollock to Rockwell.

What do you get when you cross a

with a

Answer=

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Some timely words from a dead person.

As Australia stares down the next few weeks towards a federal election here are a few quotes from a dead president of the US of A.

Thomas Jefferson.

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.

Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?”

“Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.”

“Power is not alluring to pure minds.”


Australian’s be careful who you vote for this August 21st?

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Interestingness!

Some people find some things interesting, whilst others have no interest in them at all, here are a few things that to me are filled with INTERESTINGNESS! hehehehe!

1) Design similarity in some Viking and Pict stone carvings.

Another and more clearer version of the Jelling Stone, commissioned by King Harald Bluetooth in 965 here.

Also… this wee beasty, a painted replica.

*Note the thick interwining knots, they bare a line running through the middle.

And here. A Norwegian snake or reptile design.

Now look here>>> Migvie Stone <<<< Pictish Cross.

There are some better examples of this in other works, i will try to track some imaes down!

2) Similar themes and subject matter in Pictish and European Celtic carvings.

A Gaulish version of Cernunnos

Cernunnos or a snake witch as interpreted by some, from Sweden.

Cerunnous or snake witch on the Miegle pictish stone, Scotland.

I am not suggesting anything here, just think its interesting, make of the similarities what you will?

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