...The Pictish Stone page...
...From a time when life was cheap and quick, came some ground breaking art...
The symbols and animal representations on these sttle of rocks has lead to many assumptions and conjecture about their meaning, I would advise any reader that the "professionals views on this is really based on theory and no actual proof.
For as you can appreciate, we weren't there when these were carved and since records are only other peoples theories we are left to ponder their true meaning.
Let me add one more for the "stews brew", it could very possibly be a map, of sorts, telling any traveller what tribe is in this area, and the boundaries to adhere to.
This stone has a definite 'christian' celtic influence with celtic influenced pictish symbols around the outside. This, wether the carver knew it or not, this is probably how the picts were seen near the 'official' end of their time. As a subserviant, conquered race, living and surviving from the outskirts of the newly formed celtic society. The warlike Celts probably dispised the Picts for not 'dying for their country'. The Celtic men are renowned not only for their desire for an 'honourable death in battle', but for their capability of absorbing the shining examples of other cultures, until there is nothing left of them, except for a few artifacts lost for archeologists to find
Another authentic and well preserved example of a pictish carving, either it was a present for an important dignitary 'blessing them with his presence', and being hopefuly appreciative of their efforts. Or showing a possible king on a hunting trip through the area, what must have been a first for the locals. You must remember that before all our modern convieniances, medicines, and technology, that life would have been very simple, so that any socialy historic event, like war or the death of an important person would be preserved in stone. So it does not suprise me to find this stone, after all it is exactly what we do to impress important people even today.
An extremly weathered old stone and possibly very old. Pictures in line with each other, unlike a lot of symbols found around Great Britain, which are less orderly, and done by different people through a long period of time. This stone records a peacock like symbol above other assumed animals and is in my opinion another food totem, that shows a clans dominance of that area and its fauna. No doubt placed on a road, telling you who to ask before hunting. This must have been a common problem for kings and noblemen living in the country, who would hunt regularly on horse back with dogs, servants and hunting birds.
This is a 'class three' celtic cross, crosses were erected, as were ogham stones, to comemorate a triumph or battle of national and/or local importance. These things are still remembered by the generations of famillies still telling the tales of their ancestors.
Not exactly a celtic cross, but I had to show you a genuine 12th century castle fireplace. I believe this one is from King Robert the Bruce castle Scotland. Not bad ay?.
This detail from a class three celtic cross shows a part of court life for the era, a harp player of some status, not just anyone could get on a cross back then.
This very old gravestone contains Freemasonary symbols concerning their belief of a resurection ceremony whilst alive, still practised by Freemasons but considered Heretical by modern Churches..
Relatively modern example of how writing represents a national historic event, and when exactly it had happened.
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