Showing posts with label netherlands. Show all posts
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30 April 2014

"the Batavia' : an ongoing series : a periodic look at various Scando-Teutonic tribes

a modern batavian
Published, edited, with images added & annotations (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
(websource: Wikipedia)
The Batavi were an ancient Germanic tribe, that lived around the Rhine delta, in the area that the Romans called Batavia, from the second half of the first century BC to the third century AD. The name is also applied to several military units employed by the Romans that were originally raised among the Batavi. 
The tribal name, probably a derivation from *batawjō ("good island", from Germanic *bat- (cf. better, the unumlauted Gothic reflex, batis & the ON reflex batna "to improve", "to get better") "good, excellent" and *awjō "island, land near water"), refers to the region's fertility, today known (cognate to OE éa river, the 'ieg' or 'eg' in 'iegland', island, cf., Swed. å "river" 'ö' Dano-Norw. ø and nynork øy, Icel/ON ey, the -avia-,in the word, Scandinavia, from earlier a a latinized versions, e.g., Scatnauuia, from Gmc *Skaðinahwia, scathing-waters, for the  dangerous oceanstreams, maelstroms, eddies, rocky coastlines, seafloor obstacles around the Skagerak, Kattegat, the Belts & other dagerous waters in the western Baltic.) as the fruitbasket of the Netherlands(the Betuwe). Finds of wooden tablets show that at least some were literate. 

18 October 2012

"Dutch Ancestry - two NYT articles"


 

Published, edited & images added by Kenneth S. Doig

 (from the race/history/evolution blog)



Dutch ancestry - two NYT articles



The Van Dusens of New Amsterdam:  
As with the Old Testament patriarch who gave birth to a nation, it all began with Abraham, whose forebears were from the town of Duersen in northern

14 October 2011

FLEMISH IS DUTCH : VLAAMS IS NEDERLANDS

FLEMISH: VLAAMSCH, FLAMSKA, FLÄMISCH,FLÆMSKA, FLAMSK, VLAAMS
PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG
In English usage, Flemish (Dutch:Vlaams) can refer to:
Belgian-Dutch (Belgisch-Nederlands) the national variety of the Dutch language as spoken in Belgium, be it standard (as used in schools, government and the media) or informal (as used in daily speech, "tussentaal"); Nevertheless, the use of the word Flemish to refer to the official language in Flanders is misleading. The only official language in Flanders is Dutch. 

28 September 2011

Germania inferior : The Franks

GERMANIA INFERIOR 
PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG

Article by Jona Lendering

The Franks

(all dates are AD unless otherwise stated)

No visitor of Germania Secunda in the year 400 AD could have guessed that the end of the Roman presence in the Low Countries was near. The fleet of the Rhine was functioning, the frontier castles were occupied by loyal soldiers, the cavalry armies in the hinterland were well-trained. Military installations were perfectly maintained (e.g., the Roman bridge at Cuijk was repaired in 393AD).

31 August 2011

AFRIKAANS : GENERAL INTRODUCTION


PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG

Afrikaans

Afrikaans Citations Afrikaans Links Select a New Language
Number of Speakers: 6,200,000

Key Dialects: Cape Afrikaans, Orange River Afrikaans (or Northwestern Afrikaans), East Cape Afrikaans (or Southwestern Afrikaans)

Geographical Center: South Africa

GENERAL INTRODUCTIONOf the approximately six million speakers of Afrikaans, 4,000,000 speakers use Afrikaans as a second or third language. Afrikaans developed as a variant of the Dutch spoken by the colonists who arrived in the Cape in 1652, with some lexical and syntactic borrowings from Malay, Bantu languages, Khoisan languages, Portuguese, and other European languages.

27 August 2011


THE AREA IN QUESTION


PUNBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG

I personally believe that the Netherlanders, Flemish and the southern Ingvaeonic tribes intermixed with either Celts or with an unattested (directly) Indo-European ethnic group that was neither Germanic nor Celtic. Scholars have named it, the Nordwestblock group and it seems to have been centered on the Hilversum area with its well no pre-Germanic, prehistoric culture, know to us by archaeology and hearsay evidence. Even though the Netherlanders, Flemings and Ingvaeones are Germanic in speech and culture, there is genetic, linguistic and cultural differences which set them apart from the "purer" Germanics, still in the southern Scandinavian Urheimat. K.S.Doig

Southern Netherlands, Celts or Teutons?

The Celts are coming, how about you?

01 August 2011

WÍCINGAS IN NEÐERLANDUM


PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG

Preface: Remember, the Vikings were not a race, a people or nation per se. They were a social class or were members a profession. Sea-borne adventurers from diverse social classes in medieval Scandinavia. Some were noblemen, royalty, some were upperclass merchants, farmers, bondsmen and even some slave. Some were Swedish, (known as "Rus" or "Varangians")  most of whom travelled eastwards into the Baltic and up the rivers into Russia, all the way to Byzantium and beyond, some even served as elite guards for the Byzantine emperors, the Varangian guards. The Danes were the most powerful North-Germanic state, they harried or settled or harried and settled the British Isles and Europe, they were by far the main players in England. One could say that the Danish Vikings went southwestwards and southwards from Denmark, especially England and southeastern Scotland. The Norwegians did more of a northwestern end-run, settling virtually unpopulated Iceland and the Faeroe Islands and attacking and then settling the Shetlands, Orkney Islands, the northern Scottish main, southwards, settling heavily in the Hebrides, Isle of Man, small parts of western England, between the Brythonic-speaking Celtic Kingdoms of Cumbria and Wales, namely in Germanic, Anglian, Yorkshire. They also settled in small pockets in Wales, Cornwall and Ireland. The Norwegians were the 'periphery' settlers, while the Danes settled en masse, therefore wielding far more power in Britain, creating a Danish polity, Danelaw and even for a short while were the Bretwaldas, Overlord Kings of all Germanic Great Britain. The Norwegians never achieved this as they were split up all over the place but Iceland. Their own homeland was far from unified as Norway is a huge, long, far-flung land indented with thousands of inlets, bays, bights and long, deep, steep fjords. The coast in distance in simple outline is about 1400 miles, but if every convolution and island is measured, Norway has over 100,000 miles  of arduous coastline, high snowy mountains, glaciers, swift rivers and lakes. Denmark was tiny, compact, a much older Gmc polity with virtually no natural hindrances to bar central administration and governance. Sweden was somewhere in between. Even the Anglo-Saxons felt related to the Vikings as it was still within their collective memories that they were Scandinavian expats themselves and they could easily speak to the Vikings as Old Norse was intelligible with Old English. There was no racial animus since they were the same race. This is preface is simplified but might give you a better picture. Conceived of and written by K.S. Doig






Mod. Descendant of a Swed.
Viking, a Swede 
General Viking-History
During the 9th century they expanded beyond these three bases, arriving first as rapacious raiders (looting monasteries and capturing slaves to sell in the Middle East) but soon establishing themselves on a more permanent basis.
Swedes called Rus or Varangians established fortified cities at Novgorod and then at Kiev, creating the first Russian state, and traded down the great rivers of Russia to Byzantium and Persia. Norwegian Vikings established kingdoms in Ireland, where they founded Dublin about 840, and in northwestern England.




Norw. Viking descendant 
Ship´s prow

They settled Iceland and colonized Greenland in the 10th century and founded the short-lived North American colony called Vinland in the early 11th century. Great armies of Danes and Norwegians conquered the area called the Danelaw in England, overthrowing all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms except King Alfred's Wessex. They attacked cities in France, Germany, the Low Countries, and Spain and, in 911, seized control of Normandy in France, where their descendants became known as the Normans.

27 July 2011

BURORINA : GERMANIC GODDESS SERIES

Published by Kenneth S. Doig


Burorina

Burorina is the name of a goddess found on a votive stone at Domberg in the Netherlands. She is assumed to be a local goddess. Nothing specific is known about her.



Archeological Evidence

Votive Altar to Burorina
in the Zeeuws Museum, Middleburg

The text appears to read: DEAE
BURORI
NA DUS(?)
VOTUM F
ECIT LIBE
NS PRO SE(?)
ET SUIS

To the goddess Burorina, Dus(?) [donor's name]
freely made his vow for himself and his...








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12 April 2011

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PUBLISHED, EDITED, IMAGES ADDED & CAPTIONS WRITTEN BY
KENNETH S. DOIG

(websource Wikipedia)


Dutch (nederlands or hollands in dutch) is a West Germanic language spoken natively by majorities in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, the three member states of the Dutch Language Union. Spoken in the European Union as a first language by about 23 million and as a second language by another 5 million, it also holds official status in the Caribbean island nations of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint-Maarten.

Historical minorities remain in parts of France and Germany, and to a lesser extent, in Indonesia, while up to 600,000 native Dutch-speakers may live in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

The Cape Dutch dialects of Southern Africa have been standardised into Afrikaans, a mutually intelligible daughter language of Dutch which today is spoken to some degree by an estimated total of 15 to 23 million people in South Africa and Namibia.

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