Fwd: Geometrical Patterns

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Subject: Geometrical Patterns
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:09:45 EDT

These were highly developed in the ancient world. The book of Kells has many triskelion patterns for example, of almost incredible intricacy. The best example is the chi rho iota page, Mathew 1.1, Christos autem generatio. The triskelion is three spirals, and there are many websites on it. My crest has the two dragons of the University College of Wales Aberystwyth holding the Nanhyfern Cross, which is made up again of the familiar woven patterns. This was a rendition by the Windsor Herald for PEmbroke County Council. The dragon works itself into Arthurian legend as Uther Pendragon in Sir Thomas Mallory, “Le Morte d’Arthur” in Norman French. The real Arthur is thought by some scholars to be a fifth / sixth century ruler of Powys (mid Britain), called Owain Ddantgwyn Arth ap Einion Ddraig. Owain White Toothed Bear son of Einion the Dragon. The word for bear in British Celtic is “arth” and in Latin “ursus”, and it was the custom of that time to merge Celtic and Latin to give “Arthursus”, or “Arthur” in the diminutive. Arth ap Ddraig could well be Uther Pendragon in a very garbled form about a thousand years later when Mallory was writing from Arthrian legends that abound all over Britain and Europe. These are certainly Celtic with half gods making their appearance in human form – the lady of the lake is one of these, just above Craig y Nos Castle, a goddess of the lake in human form. My great grandfather Edward Evans came form Powys, a small village called Cleirwy. I am very fond of the novel “Silas Marner” written in the same midland area of Britain by Mary Anne Evans (“George Eliot”) – maybe echoes of ancestry here.

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