Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Stallion And The Horse...

A.D. 449. This year Marcian and Valentinian assumed the empire,
and reigned seven winters. In their days Hengest and Horsa,
invited by Wurtgern, king of the Britons to his assistance,
landed in Britain in a place that is called Ipwinesfleet; first
of all to support the Britons, but they afterwards fought against
them. The king directed them to fight against the Picts; and
they did so; and obtained the victory wheresoever they came.
They then sent to the Angles, and desired them to send more
assistance. They described the worthlessness of the Britons, and
the richness of the land. They then sent them greater support.
Then came the men from three powers of Germany; the Old Saxons,
the Angles, and the Jutes. From the Jutes are descended the men
of Kent, the Wightwarians (that is, the tribe that now dwelleth
in the Isle of Wight), and that kindred in Wessex that men yet
call the kindred of the Jutes. From the Old Saxons came the
people of Essex and Sussex and Wessex. From Anglia, which has
ever since remained waste between the Jutes and the Saxons, came
the East Angles, the Middle Angles, the Mercians, and all of
those north of the Humber. Their leaders were two brothers,
Hengest and Horsa; who were the sons of Wihtgils; Wihtgils was
the son of Witta, Witta of Wecta, Wecta of Woden. From this
Woden arose all our royal kindred, and that of the Southumbrians
-The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

It's a shame so many ignore or neglect our own history -our own sense of being.

Hengest and Horsa were two brothers. Their names mean Stallion and Horse in old English, aka Anglo-Saxon.

Horses have always been a powerful symbol amongst Anglo-Saxon peoples. From the 'Knight in Shinning Armor' fighting dragons to the pistol packing Cowboy fighting Indians, The Rider Upon the Horse is a seemingly primordial vision of the hero fighting for blood and soil, ubiquitous to our culture no matter to what ends of the earth fate may have carried us.