The image is St. Brigid of Ireland who is a Moorish Goddess of Ireland. She comes from the FoMuurs, also known as the original Muurs or Moors of Ireland. These African people are believed by many historians to have settled long before the Celts, the Vikings and Fjords.
Algerian Berber woman with traditional facial tattoos
Moroccan Berber woman
Celtic/Nordic skin designs
Moors were a mix of Arabs and Berbers and originated from communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt (Phoenicians), Mali, Niger, and Mauritania. They commonly migrated through Northern Africa into Morocco, if they didn't also originate in Morocco and some did, then they moved into the Iberian Peninsula, modernly known as Spain and Portugal, and being seafaring peoples, they also traveled straight to Ireland, Scotland, Whales, and all over Northern Europe. Many historians believe they settled in these regions first and later mixed with the Celts, Vikings,and other peoples, when they arrived and eventually conquered the regions. More darkly-complected/dark hair/dark eyes Irish people may have deeper Moor roots than some of the blonde/red-haired and fair-complected Irish. Galicia, (Gaelic ??? I just put that together), Spain, the North-Western tip of the peninsula, is known for its Celtic cultural influences which are alive and well today. There were direct trade routes by sea between Spain and Ireland but those routes and early connections are believed to have been established by African people, Moors, who settled in Ireland.
There are so many similarities between various Celtic music, art, languages, and ones of Asiatic-African/Moor cultures. I wish I were more of an expert so I could give more solid examples but I'm not there yet.
On a personal note and what might seem strange is that this is a history I was able to connect with somehow through dreaming and connecting dots on my own subjective maps, desire maps as I call them. Desire maps are composed of intuitions, dreams, desires, internal knowledge obtained through direct experience, and for me a desire to go home. I've felt so lost and have wanted to know about the people I descended from because I need cultural roots that feel meaningful to me so I can tether myself to them. Identity is important. I've always been told I have Irish roots, then Black Irish came into the picture at some point and I didn't know what that meant until an Irish man explained it to me and that that can even be implied in a derogatory way. I'm not racist so I feel excited and proud of the possibility of even the tiniest of African roots in me!!! Anyway, WE ALL come from Africa...and Lucy! Now thanks to Ancestry.com we've learned maternal ancestors are from the Iberian Peninsula, hence the Irish/Spanish/Moorish connection.
This further explains why Paganism, Mystic Christianity and Islam and Sufism feel so kindred for me as well.
We also learned of a tiny percentage of my maternal ancestry being from a Southern African tribe and I don't recall the name of that tribe. It will be interesting to one day have my DNA tested because my paternal side is even more Irish but despite genealogical efforts of family members, it has been very difficult to locate ancestors.
So, yeah, I've been connecting the dots little by little and feeling my way to some semblance of an a priori truth to a large degree until now, so through investigating my internal fascination with certain cultures (their music, dance, art, spirituality, symbols, etc) which feel very kindred to me, and by following my desire maps of course, I came to feel that I might have found links to my kin. Now I've been reading about this subject for a couple years on and off and am making some headway. Although, I'm pretty fair skinned, I am also olive-complected and turn light brown from the sun...like a sweet sun-kissed date!
So, it all comes down to me believing that some of my ancestors are the Celtic Moors, Spanish, probably Vikings too, and even pagan people at some point, from different regions. I used to wonder if I have Native American roots, but the answer is no, not at all. My people were indigenous to other lands and I hope I can go to those places at some point. Next on the list: get my DNA tested and travel to Ireland, Spain and throughout North Africa to explore!!!
I plan to eventually do the Camino de Santiago Compostella again, which is a walking pilgrimage through Spain, ending in Galicia. I attempted this journey back in 2003 but due to having all of my money stolen in Barcelona, I was unable to complete my mission. I had no knowledge of any of this at that time, so perhaps it was Divine providence at work. Now, when I return I will have a better idea of where I am going, what I am looking for, and why I am on the journey. More to this saga will be revealed.
Arabic belly dance-Loreena Mckennitt
Loreena McKennitt Mediterranean Odyssey
Loreena McKennitt Mediterranean Odyssey
Loreena McKennitt: Marrakesh Night Market
Loreena McKennitt - Caravanserai
and then we have and Irish band, The Moors...
- Connections between North Africa and Ireland
- the different Black Goddesses what they symbolize come to teach humanity/Kali/Black Madonna
- Moorish Goddess/St. Brigid/FoMuurs, the Original Muurs of Ireland/Triple spiral over her heart which popped up in our Celtic shamanic "human relationships to plants" mural for our lineage project in Consciousness 1: Ontology class
- Robert Graves' research and neopaganism
- RG's The White Goddess/Black Goddess
- Triple Celtic Spiral/Triple Moon Goddess Ngame: triple goddess as the ancient triad or triple deity and ancient concept that the goddess could be the virgin, the mother, what comes through he is the third aspect of the deity, which sets the stage for the Virgin birth of Jesus through Mary (which can also be likened to Isis and Ra, an earlier story of the Son of Man) all of this pagan business later being acculturated by the Christians and it being symbolized as the triple spiral (originally pagan land, sea, sky) but adapted to be the Holy Trinity or a symbol for eternity.
- Triskelion Celtic Symbol http://www.whats-your-sign.com/triskelion-celtic-symbol-meaning.html
- Celtic Spiral in La Ciengega, NM
- Sidhe (ancient cousins of humanity, invisible beings of the Otherworld living in earth mounds)
- Celtic use of Juniper and our tribe making Juniper flower essence
- Juniper and healing http://whitedragon.org.uk/articles/juniper.htm