Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Shepherds of Orkadia in Orkney, Scotland

Maeshowe, Orkney's finest chambered cairn. Maeshowe was built in the Neolithic period. Constructed on a platform of leveled ground, like the nearby stone circles of Brodgar and Stenness, the monument is surrounded by a ditch and raised ring mound. That`s the mound of Maes-Howe in the background. The sheep love those standing stones in the winter! From National Geographic magazine. Sheep with the Stones of Stenness on the Orkney Islands. Did Boudet say that all languages originated with Celtic? Here is a clue from Acadia, Nova Scotia - the names of the constellations in navigation were similar in the Canadian Indian Micmac language and the Celtic language. This may have been the origin of his idea. The Catholics were up there by then and studied the Indian languages. This is a Micmac woman from Oak Island in Nova Scotia. Boudet also spoke of the importance of the cromlech and there are plenty of standing stones in the home of the Sinclairs - the Orkneys. The Cromlech and the Celtic language, both can be found with the Sinclairs - the cromlechs in the Orkneys and the Celtic language in Nova Scotia. Cromlech (from Welsh crom, feminine form of crym "bent, curved" and llech "slab, flagstone") is a term used to describe prehistoric megalithic structures. The term is now virtually obsolete in archaeology, but remains in use as a colloquial term for two different types of megalithic monument. In English it usually refers to dolmens, the remains of prehistoric stone chamber tombs. However, it is widely used in French, Portuguese and Spanish to describe stone circles. Confusingly, some English-speaking archaeologists, such as Aubrey Burl, use this second meaning for cromlech in English too. In addition, the term is occasionally used to describe more complex examples of megalithic architecture, such as the Almendres Cromlech in Portugal. In 1880, Abbé Henri Boudet of Rennes-les-Bains published a strange book. La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains (The True Celtic Language and the Cromleck of Rennes-les-Bains). The Stone Circle of Rennes-le-Bains - the "bains" are the Roman baths and hot springs in that area of southeastern France.

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