If my memory serves me, he was pointing out that some of the early inhabitants of Ireland were Black wee people standing no more then 4 feet 11 inches tall. They had great knowledge of many things including medicinal technology. This knowledge of herbs and other wisdom was considered magic by the local people. Later this magic came to be symbolized by the magic dust of the leprechaun. I always found these findings most interesting.
It is interesting to note that Africans in America still participate with our fellow Irish American citizens in a culturally healthy way as they celebrate their heritage.
Let's Go to the Video Tape
You will not that this is not a St Patrick's day parade from the main New York City borough of Manhattan shown on the network news going down Fifth Ave. But a community parade in the outer borough of Brooklyn in my home town. I think it gives a more homely feel to all the different ethnic groups that that naturally help celebrated this ethnic holiday.
A recent comment to an article in my MSNBC/Newsvine column caused me to look around in Cyberspace for my recollections. The three paragraphs below, the link to their origin and the other pictures and links is what I ran across.
|A loving statue Seneb, a 4th or early 5th Dynasty dwarf his wife Senebtite and children|
CAC as the world's first nation state was in the majority Black , but also the world's first multi-ethnic Nation in recorded history and the center of the civilized world in its time. Tolerance was a fundamental principle of the ancient ones as noted below from their records
"Mock not the blind nor deride the dwarf nor block the cripple's path; don't tease a man made ill by a god nor make outcry when he blunders." Source and more information on the Wee people in CAC Click Here.
"...Candid authorities like the British Egyptologists Gerald Massey and Albert Churchward, the Scottish historian David Mac Ritchie, and the British antiquarian Godfrey Higgins, have done exhaustive research and brought many facts to our knowledge. Tacitus, Pliny, Claudian and other writers have described the Blacks they encountered in the British Isles as “Black as Ethiopians,” “Cum Nigris Gentibus,” “nimble-footed blackamoors,” and so on.Source: MEGALITH: THE BLACK BUILDERS OF STONEHENGE
From all indications, the ancient dwellers of the British Isles and Ireland, like the Kymry (one of the names given to the earliest inhabitants, from whom the Picts and Scots descended), were Blacks. David Mac Ritchie has provided substantial evidence in his two-volume work, Ancient and Modern Britons that the Picts as well as the ancient Danes were Blacks.
The Partholans, Formorians, Nemeds, Firbolgs, Tuatha De Danann, Milesians of Ireland and the Picts of Northern Scotland were all Blacks. The Firbolgs (believed to be a section of the Nemeds) are believed to be so-called pygmies or the Twa. They are the dwarfs, dark elves or leprechauns in Irish History. The British Egyptologist Albert Churchward is convinced that the Tuatha-de-Danann, who came to Ireland, were of the same race and spoke the same language as the Fir-Bogs and the Formorians..."
|contemporary African Wee People pose for picture with a European|
I hope you found this Cultural Literacy information intriguing. If you find any more linkable information on this interesting aspect of Irish ethnic history and heritage please let me know.