Map of the Baltic states during the Great Northern War (1700-1721): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Northern_War_Part1.png
The history of
Eastern and Central Europe is among the least explored histories. For practical purposes, it is an unknown history. At this time , this “known unknown history” is rather harmful to the people living in the region. The reason for this “known unknown” is attributable to the political interests, which have fought over the possession of the region over a long period of time.
Since the author was born in
(1933), his interests are concerned with the fate of the Latvian people. His original knowledge of the history of the Baltic region was taught to him in Latvian schools, while he resided as a refugee in Western Germany, the history that he became familiar with is the version that traces Latvia's beginnings to the founding of the City of Riga in 1201 http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/503392/Riga by Bishop Albert, who had landed there in 1199 with 23 ships filled with [the Order of the Brothers of the Sword , whom he attached as a branch unit to the Teutonic Knights in 1237). to wage a Crusade against the (?) Eastern pagans or perhaps Christians. Riga, Latvia
The interpretation of the early period of
(and Riga ) continues to be hazy for reasons of persistent obscurantism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obscurantism , its repressive force fed by numerous religious interests to this day. The pervasive repression in the Latvian culture of religion continues to this day (affecting all sectors of society), Latvia
|The Whirlpool of a Cloud is Caught by the Rake Formed of Dead Trees.|
|View of the Temple Honoring Destroyed Forests from the West.|
The diversion of the Slavic-Baltic language connection probably goes back to this time. Indeed, the linguistic split may not have taken place until the times of the so-called “Great Schism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East%E2%80%93West_Schism ,” in which conflict the agressor, the Roman Catholic Church, appears to taken the upper hand. The Catholic background of
continues to favor (even in academic circles in our day) the prejudice held by the pro-Catholics prejudice, which may explain the Latvian prejudice that “wills the ways of the West” (facilitated by aggressive behavior) and “offs the East”. Livonia
Religious obscurantism continues to influence the way the Eastern-Central part of
Europe thinks about its history to the present day. If it is true that the famous sash of Lielvarde http://baltic-crossroads.com/store/index.php?p=product&id=301 is of Cathar origin (they were known to be fabulous veawers), the mystery of who inhabited Jersika is explained.
In this writer’s opinion deliberate obscuring of history begins not only to camoflage the events surrounding the arrival of the Crusaders in Riga, but their attack in 1209 against the city of Jersika (likely a native colloquialism for Jerusalem), located up-river of the Duna (?Juna). The attack on Jersika coincides with the beginning of the Albigensian Crusade, especially the siege of the Cathar city of
in Carcasonne , Languedoc . While the attacks on France and Jersika were led by German knights, the attack against Carcasonne http://www.cathar.info/1202b_chronolgy.htm was led by knights from Riga Northern France. No one is known to have survived the attack on Jersika.
Of some interest is the fact that the Cathars of Languaedoc could escape east to
and Croatia , where the the religious were somewhat protected from the onslaught of the Crusaders because the area was a stronghold of the Slavs, who traced their religious influence to Serbia or Byzantium Constantinople (destroyed in the (?) 4th Crusade of 1204).
The focus of political conflict in Latvia these days is the Latvian-Russian languages issue. The issue was discussed in more detail in the previous blog. Even today, the President of Latvia, Andris Berzins, said that he will resign his Presidency http://www.apollo.lv/portal/news/articles/257837 if the Russian language Is to ever get a Constitutional foothold in
, that is. if Russian were to ever become the 2nd language in Latvia . The Latvian Constitution (Satversme) states that the Latvian language is the only language of Latvia , and does this no less dogmatically than the Pope insists that he remains the ultimate authority of all matters that concern Christianity. Latvia
What if we consider the possibility that the Latvian language is not only a matter of ethnic identity for Latvians, but also performs a repressive function against all things Cathar and early Christian, that is to say, insists that it does not perceive divinity in “dualistic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dualism_(philosophy_of_mind) ” terms. In the instance of present-day
, the dualistic view likely belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church. Latvia
|Black John, the Victim in Situ.|
As for dualism, the Latvian language, too, is “dualistic” by its nature—especially when one considers the cultivated autism (the Gordian knot on the Latvian mind) fostered by the “schism” between its official language and endearing words. (See discussion in above blogs). By the way, the Russian language has no shortage of endearing words.