Sunday, January 3, 2010
Thoughts On a Cold Windy Sunday
While waiting for my son to rise, I've been doing a little ancestor stuff. I realized that I've studied all of the Celtic gods and goddesses for most of Wales, and Ireland, and Scotland, and other parts of England, but haven't learned much about those who stemmed fromNorfolk, England...where my ancestors are from. Now, of course they worshipped the gods and goddesses of England, but each area also had their own...way back when. So far I have found four deities that originated in Norfolk...including the goddess of battle, Andraste...the goddess that Boudica had called upon.
It also amazes me how little they migrated. I've discovered ancestors who were born in Norfolk, England in the early 1600's, and their descendants can still be found there...so I have to believe that my ancestors have ALWAYS been there...since before history began. An example would be "Cheddar Man" whose remains were discovered in Cheddar, England. It seems that he lived and died a violent death some 9,000 years ago....and through his mitochondrial DNA, they discovered a descendant, a teacher who was still living in the area. Ironically, it took some 9,000 years for this descendant to move 300 yards down the road. Interesting, isn't it?
I found this study so interesting, I am about to read the books again..."Saxons, Vikings, and Celts" and "The Seven Daughters of Eve" by Bryan Sykes one of the world's leading geneticists who has helped many find their ancestral roots in the British Isles. Actually, by following mitochonrial DNA almost all of mankind can be traced back to seven woman--Ursula, Xenia, Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine, and Jasmine....and surprisingly, his books read like a novel...once you start, you can't put it down. I also really, really want to have my DNA tested, but it's not in my budget. How about you? Do you want to know where you came from?