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The poem 'The Battle of the Trees' of Taliesin. The God of the Ash and the God of the Alder by Eliseo Mauas Pinto

The poem 'The Battle of the Trees' of Taliesin. The God of the Ash and the God of the Alder by Eliseo Mauas Pinto

Even considering the existing volume of ancient texts Welsh, the poem 'The Battle of the Trees' or' Goddeu Cad ", included in the" Book of Taliesin, "which is part of the" Red Book of Hergest "of the thirteenth century, is more closely linked to bardic ideas related directly to the sacred trees. With no doubt is an example of encryption used to transmit orally this kind of tree lore, which is based on respect for nature and relationships between names and secret words. Based on the Welsh mythological cycle, this poem is attributed to Taliesin, Chief Bard, legendary figure who goes back to the days of Arthur, the great ruler of the Britons. Taliesin recounts the conflict between Gwydion, "The Wizard", who invokes the trees and shrubs of Britain, against the army's "Another World", led by Peblig "The Strong", and ultimately by their king Arawn. The object of the battle was to get the three creatures of another world to know: - The White Dog red pointy-eared one, who is the guardian of the secret. - The Dear, who hides the secret. - The Sea Parrot, who disguises the secret. We interpret that the secret was referring to the spiritual force, and also because, knowing the alphabet cipher in the trees. They already speak Welsh triads: There are three primary essences in the power of intellect An eye that can see the nature A heart that can feel the nature A boldness that dares to pursue Opponents in the battle were invincible until his name not be guessed by one of the parties, Gwydion is ultimately the winner of the battle and discovers that the name of Bran, old Briton deity. Helmets insurance has spurred my steed, the high branches of alder are on your coat. Bran is your name, that of the branches shining. Helmets insurance has my steed in the battle, the high branches of alder are in your hand. You're Bran, for the branch to take, Amathaon the Well has expired. Oak It is noteworthy that in Welsh mythology there were three families of deities: 1) The family of Pwyll and Pryderi in the South, 2) The family of Bran in Mid Wales, 3) The family of Don, (his two sons, Gwydion and Amathon) in the North. According to R. Graves in his book "The White Goddess" once they discovered the secret name of God, enemies of his followers could use it to harm them with his magic. Practices used by the Romans to bring these people to Rome with seductive promises. Indeed, the central theme of the myth developed in the poem, is the battle for dominance between the armies of religious Don (/ eponym of the goddess Danu, whose people displayed in the legend as the Irish Tuatha of Danaan), and the armies of Arawn (eloquently). Graves, in an exhaustive analysis, which follows the Battle of Trees can be explained as the expulsion of a priesthood of the Bronze Age, established since towards long time, the national cemetery by an alliance of tribal farmers, residents long Britannia before and worshiped the god danaeno Bel, Beli, Belo or Belin, a Briton invading tribe. Amathon to usurp the position of Bran / God of Resurrection / Gwydion and the Arawn / God of Prophecy and Divination / imposing the tribe of Don and a new religious system instead of the old. Yet supporters of Bran not retire after having lost the secret. According to tradition died in an armed resistance around 71,000 men. The God of the Ash finally expired on the God of the Alder. Curiously verses from the Battle of Trees are alternated with another four or five poems, which makes it difficult to restore continuity.

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