Friday, October 30, 2020

Friday 30th October - Et tu Brute

 Scapegoating; I don't like cruelty in any form but Corbyn was put out to dry, to pay for the sins of the anti-Jewish feelings in the Labour party.  I am not even a fan of Corbyn, but he is a man of principle, as is Starmer.  I listened to Starmer this morning, an adept speaker, moderate in his tone, the very epitome of a leader, and especially of the Labour party.  But suspending Corbyn immediately after the report came out, on the evidence of what Corbyn had written was shameful, it stinks of 'well here is a chance to get rid of him fellas'.  It won't go down with fair minded people though.

Treading carefully here, for I know little of what has been said against Jewish people, only seeing Margaret Hodge get her knickers in a twist about it, and I like Margaret Hodge as well for her needle picking mind at enquiries, so there must be evidence. Rant over.

The other thing to spring to mind was being buried in a bed ;) I belong to a Patreon Group called the Prehistory Guys, and yesterday they were discussing a burial, late Neolithic I think in which the primary burial was buried in the crouched position, with 'four hoof and horns' cattle hides at his feet.  But an adjacent burial mound had the occupant sitting upright facing the first barrow.

It reminds us that earlier burial ceremonies were different.  You went into the realms of death/sleep, with all your accoutrements of life, food and drink.  To bury four oxen is surely a sign of wealth.

But it brought to mind the 7th century Anglo-Saxon bed burials, mostly of women. The first one is on the East coast, at Loftus, and the burial in question is called a person of royal lineage, though in truth she maybe an Abbess but who knows.  Evidence that remains are nails and cleats, and the staining of the wooden boards in the soil.  This Anglo-Saxon burial ground had many burials though and the women were all buried with exquisite jewellery as was the bed burial 'princess'.


In the seventh century during the Anglo Saxon period, there was a period of time when paganism was giving way to Christianity, so that often you would find the two traditions side by side.  The North gave way to Christianity strangely through the manipulations of a Kentish princess, Ã†thelburh,  who married Edwin of Northumbria in the late 6th century.  It is good to know that Anglo-Saxon women were so strong in their own rights.

Guardian article



12 comments:

  1. Interesting. Just toss my ashes over the mother earth.

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  2. As a fellow nature lover it does seem the most obvious solution Tabor.

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  3. I tried to look up examples of anti Semitism in the Labour party just now, and aside from the fool standing next to that truly awful and stupid mural, I couldn't find much at all. Labour is falling into a right-wing trap set to destroy themselves. Idiots.

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  4. Politics are a dirty business, but knifing Corbyn so abruptly was a big gamble for Starmer, he may well regret it.

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  5. I have always told my children that when I die, cremate me, dig a hole, dump my ashes in and throw a nice lilac push on top. They can keep all my earthly belongings, but have made it abundantly clear that they don't want them.

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    1. I have the same problem with my children, they do not treasure the things we liked. But then they have their own treasures I suppose.

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  7. The upright burial reminds me of two skeletons found thus in Dorset, each with Antlers "pinning down" their shoulders. I think I remember that correctly. Can't find the booklet it's mentioned in as I have been right through my archaeology books recently, putting those to sell/rehome on two shelves so the others are all haphazard now.

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    1. I have always thought that there was a tribal nature to burial. Think of the eagles in Tomb of the Eagle, and there you have in Dorset two burials 'tied' by antlers. The Deer people ;)

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  8. I've been fortunate to distribute a lot, some even to folks who accepted more graciously than willingly. I'm with Debby. Pour my ashes in a hole. I wonder what becomes of all the metal bits.

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  9. I don't have a lot now, just basic furniture to house a small flat and I am quite happy about that. So much easier on the environment to scatter ashes I think Joanne.

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