Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, October 08, 2010

While news is slack, I thought I would present a myth - as a myth not fact - which will be familar to some readers and new to others.  In this myth an Egyptian princess called Scota left her homeland and travelled to Ireland.  Scota is often identified as Meritaten as this video reveals.

7 comments:

Blain Hunt said...

The words over the pictures flash by so quickly I only have time to read about half of them, and the seperation of the printing from the background is so poor that it is difficult to read.

Blain Hunt

Ron Lankshear said...

The points about Albania and Iberia and Scotland also being called Alba and Hibernia were interesting. DNA research seems to be proving all manner of differing views of European peoples migrations

This myth seems to correspond to a story which is the foundation of the British-Israel group. The prophet Jeremiah who did go to Egypt and the myth has that he took an Israeli princess with him and also Jacob's pillow. From Egypt he went onto Ireland - the princess married a King and the pillow became the Stone of Scone.

this is a discussion about this and mentions the Scota myth also Jeremiah in Ireland -- Fact or Fabrication?

Kate Phizackerley said...

The Jeremiah Myth is new to me. I've been working this evening on a pafe about the ten most famous tombs and have included Newgrange. Reading again about Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth really reinforces the view that in the Neolithic, Ireland was quite a sophisticated place. Whether it retained that status two thousand years later is perhaps doubtful, indeed the more I study the more I realise how many gaps there are in our knowledge of the world context of Dynastic Egypt.

Ron Lankshear said...

I'd note that among other places both Newgrange and Ramses II temple at Abu Simbel have passageways that a solstice sun can illuminate. Indeed both are sophisticated achievements. Along the western seaboard of Britain are many such monuments from neolithic times.
At Stonehenge a Minoan axe was carved on an upright. And recently DNA etc tests on body of a boy of 15 years found there established that he was from the Mediterranean. So did southern people come to see or help build these monuments in the north?

1159 BC Iceland's Hekla volcano eruption caused a major catastrophe and devasted the West coast of Scotland - did that impact these sophisticated people

Of course Jeremiah is later than that

Brian Donovan said...

The Irish connection to Egypt is historical and much simpler. Early Irish monasticism was Coptic, and the Egyptian fathers of the early Christian church were much venerated by Irish monks. So when these same monks set about writing down Ireland's myths and legends from the 8th century onwards they tried to interweave them with Christian myths, especially those to do with Egypt. So I think the connection is driven by religious reasons, rather than indicating any migration, invasion, etc.

Mo said...

According to the Irish storytellers Scota carried a snake headed banner. That symblism would suggest Scythian/Sarmatian?

Mo said...

Further to my comment about Scota and the snake headed banner I came across the article below. I think that the picture of Scota is rather a romanticised view of how she would look.

The Coat of Arms of Naas are interesting. The snake and rod could be representing a Scythian draco.

The Welsh flag is also thought to have originated from a Sarmatian draco.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:qHwaWNj11JIJ:kildare.ie/knn/newsweekjan3099.htm+scota%2Bsnake%2Bbanner&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

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