Saturday, 16 June 2012
Baltic Languages and Mythology-a Living Remnant of our Aryan Past
Whilst the title of this blog suggests an emphasis on comparative Germanic and Celtic mythologies from time to time it is my intention to explore other closely related northern European mythologies,in particular the Baltic and Slavic.
Whilst the Gaelic tongue is undoubtedly an ancient Indo-European language as Latin, Greek and Sanskrit are the Baltic languages are probably the most archaic and the study of these languages can get us closer to our Indo-European roots.
Baltic is divided into West Baltic[Old Prussian-now extinct] and Eastern Baltic[Lithuanian and Latvian].
In addition to the antiquity of Baltic which in itself can reveal the likely form of our Ur-Sprache and the lifestyle of our ancient Aryan ancesters the very fact that the Balts did not start to convert to christianity until the 15th century CE-over 400 years after the Icelanders and approximately 800-900 years after the Anglo-Saxons there is a rich storehouse of pre-christian Aryan and moreover northern European folklore and mythology which can help to throw light upon the beliefs or our Germanic and Celtic ancestors and even further back to Proto-Indo-European times.
By analysing the remnants of Celtic, Germanic, Baltic and Slavic myths we can throw light upon the individual mythologies and project back in time a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European belief system.
The Balts unlike their Celtic, Germanic and Slavic neighbours resided in a living space that was relatively free of other indigenous peoples and remain untouched by the centuries of alien invasions by Mongolian and Hunnish hordes.
It is amongst the Baltic peoples that we can expect to find a more archaic, pure and untouched mythology, language and blood inheritance.
Over the coming months it is my intention to explore and discuss some of the details of the Baltic mythological system and how it can help us to reconstruct our pre-christian ancient Aryan one.
Baltic mythology is largely to be found in the pre-christian Dainas or hymns which are comparable in many ways to the Sanskrit Vedas.
"The German philosopher J.G. Herder[200 years ago] and the French linguist M. Jonval[80 years ago] described the Latvian Dainas as an archaic inheritance from the very beginnings of the Indo-European[I.E.] language community."[The Origin of The Baltic and Vedic Languages by Janis Radvils Paliepa]