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Re: Huldre and memories of lost ethnic groups (was Re: Nimrina phonology)

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2006, 10:26
On Mon, 21 Aug 2006 02:11, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> Hallo! > > On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 18:28:11 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote: > > As may be found if one googles for "huldre" and its > > synonyms there is a theory that the Hidden People > > reflect a memory of a pre-Germanic population. > > This is similar to what I think what "Elves" (as in Germanic and Celtic > mythology) actually are: a memory of an ancient civilization that existed > on the British Isles (_Alfheim_ = Britain; _Inis Albion_ means 'Island of > the Elves') more than 2000 years ago. Of course, these "Elves" were > ordinary humans, not some strange kind of "demihuman" species. They may > also be the Hyperboreans of Greek myth, and the original Atlanteans. This > is the idea that underlies my own Albic conlang project. > > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf
FWLIW, I think that's a common theme throughout the world. The masalai (woodland spirits) in PNG are probably the memories (turned into traditions) of encountering erectines in the Malay/Indonesian peninsular, as it would have been at that time. I suspect that neandertal encounters would have supplied the bulk of the story behind the trolls and other woodland spirits of European culture. And human cultures of a earlier material cultural level would have provided the story for the "elves" - in particular their aversion to iron. An iron spearhead is toxic to anyone on the receiving end of it! ;) Wesley Parish -- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ------------- Mau ki ana, he aha te mea nui? You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku ki ana, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."