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Visiting Galiza? Well…

03/06/2019

I’m glad to announce the “comeback” of an old idea of mine: Galicia Unveiled.

This is a project specifically designed for anyone wishing to discover this wee country in a very personal way 🙂

It was indeed created back in 2016 under a different premise, and just because of that placed on an hiatus for 2017 and 2018. Yet, fortunately, it has been relaunched again in 2019 with a new approach and strategy.

Galicia Unveiled will offer a unique insight into Western European culture and heritage where the tourist will no longer be just that, but a traveller.
Indeed, it is my intention to make visitors feel and experience this land in the same way I do, sharing genuine stories and references.

So Galicia Unveiled as such is currently offering free (tip-based) walking tours in the award-winning city of Pontevedra. Other (non-free) locations and further services and travel arrangements are available on demand.

Fingers crossed and let’s see how it goes 😀

Do visit www.galiciaunveiled.com for all the info and follow it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the news, comments and pics 😉

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Defending Galizan language and culture as one

17/05/2019

Every 17th May Galiza rethinks its own precious and endangered language and culture.

It is a specific day – very much symbolic – serving as a reminder of the enormous amount of work to be done during the rest of the year, namely in the field of language preservation.

Some see it as the “Galizan Eisteddfod” … if we were to establish a parallelism with another stateless nation within our context.

But why this day? Well, for that you’ll have to read this short text on Galiza Livre (in English) about this special date 😉

Outra volta ao PCP: entrevista com o Prof. Ballester

02/05/2019

Prof. Xaverio Ballester (Univ. de Valência)

Pode parecer que vou “colecionando” entrevistas com os “figuras” do Paradigma da Continuidade Paleolítica, mas realmente é que umha cousa leva à outra e volta a começar 🙂

Se primeiro foi o enorme Benozzo (aqui e aqui), toca-lhe agora quenda ao Prof. Ballester na sua visita às já habituais Jornadas Galaico-Portuguesas de Pitões (e vam oito! – mais informaçom disso tamém aqui).

Nas quatro perguntas que lhe coloquei, Ballester falou dos prejuízos sobre o celtismo e a celticidade galaica, e ainda que a sua palestra será principalmente sobre linguística e mitologia, aclarou-me novamente como vai isto do politiqueio académico e a guerra de egos universitários:

… se a nova proposta [o PCP] tiver emergido em inglês nos Estados Unidos ou no Reino Unido a situaçom seria bem diferente.

Eis aqui a entrevista completa.

Vai estar muito interessante a cousa 😉

 

Dates in Galizan history: April 1846 and the Galizan Uprising

28/04/2019

What happened in Galiza in April 1846? Was it some revolt over tax issues? Or was it a war of independence? Well…

[It] was an uneven but obvious open military conflict between two opposing parties representing different national interests.

Don’t miss the full article on Galiza Livre (in English) and learn about how the Galizan people and self-organised militias met the Spanish army on the battleground 😉

 

The world is now ready for Galizan Folk Metal: meet Mileth

22/03/2019

(publicado aqui em galego)

Mileth are as Galizan as they come. Says a Galizan.

Galiza is a stateless nation – currently an autonomous territory with partially devolved powers – in the north-west corner of the Iberian Peninsula, with a language and culture very much of its own.

Among other things, we love to boast about our folk music, so welcomed in major Celtic music festivals and where not.
Yet while my folkie side has always been more than content with our traditional music, my metalhead soul felt something was missing…

Sure, I have enjoyed others’ fantastic Folk and Celtic Metal for many years, but I’d always wondered why was it that we couldn’t produce our own breed having all the required elements: talented musicians and bagpipes, check; forests and rivers, ravens, mountains, dark oceans and stuff: check; kick ass mythology and legends, hell, double check!

And then Mileth came.

To be fair they have been around since 2009, but it is now, when they’ve had the chance to record a proper album with decent production, that they have unleashed the talent, plenty of it.
Catro Pregarias no Albor da Lúa Morta” (SoundAge Productions – Darkwoods, 2019) brings the richness of our music to the international Metal scene, and it’s refreshing.
Mileth’s music combines the right mixture of genuine native folk, in Galizan language, and raw unapologetic Metal that can be understood by all.

The opening track, O Son do Buxo Baixo a Sombra do Xistral, is an early statement of what this is going to be about: a number of voices (screeching and clean, male and female, choirs and not), rhythmic and melodic progressions, and an overall tasteful musicality.
De Bruma e Salitre is the chosen single and deservedly so. Do yourselves a favour and watch the evocative official video in order to get what Mileth’s proposal is all about, musically and conceptually.
Do Morto e Espiral Silencio (Interludio a Bríxida) is a bridge song, an invocation (nothing wrong with that), linking to Esperta, Letárxica e Erma Fraga! which, if you are Galizan and you are a metalhead, and you have functioning ears, will make your hair stand on end as you’ll immediately recognise many typical Galizan folk elements.
Ela, Que Camiña Sobre as Raíces do Frío Inferno is a nice instrumental gently leading us to another jewel, the mammoth of a song that is Petros, Axioma da Terra. The lads and lasses open the flood gates here. This song alone is a testament to contemporary Galizan – and I dare to say Folk Metal – music. Period.
Da Mitolóxica Errante: ITH is the last big firework, citing some of the greatest characters of our ancient mythology. The last two tracks, No Albor da Lúa and Cuarta Pregaria na Lúa Morta, smoothly glide into a quieter beautiful place, carrying you in that spiral. I can’t have enough of the vocals and the bagpipe solo (yes!) in the last one.

Is it a perfect album? If I’m to be picky and nasty and snobbish I could say I would have done this or that differently, maybe changed the bass and drum sound a tad, the only reason why I give it a 9 out of 10.

So we had in Galiza all the right ingredients to do this all along, but Mileth were the first to somehow conjure the spirits up. Well done. Lume! 

Find Mileth at:

– Bandcamp: https://mileth.bandcamp.com/ (the album can be bought through here)
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mileth.official
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mileth.official/

 

PS. This text was translated and published in Galizan on the news portal Galiza Livre (5 April 2019), and republished in the above English version on the 8th.

Mario Alinei, a Continuidade Paleolítica e a Galiza

01/09/2018

No ronsel da despedida do grande Professor, quero agradecer agora a publicaçom dum artigo meu no portal Galiza Livre.

Até parece que se fala mais do PCP que do próprio Alinei, mas é que sem o Alinei nom haveria PCP e sem PCP nom “recentraríamos” à Galiza nestes debates.

Assim que em última instância a honra toda vai sempre para o grande Professor 🙂

… como poderíamos deixar de salientar a figura que deu forma ao, talvez, modelo definitivo no estudo dos autênticos alicerces da Europa? A quem possibilitou demonstrar as outrora “lendas” e transformá-las em documentos anexos da realidade científica? A pessoa que – sem querer, mas a verdade é teimuda – colocou à Galiza no berce dos celtas e, à vez, longe de imperialismos e supremacismos?

Texto na íntegra aqui (em linha), ou em pdf (286kb).

Despedindo o Mario Alinei

13/08/2018

[GL] Nunca é fácil escrever umha necrológica, mais ainda quando um lida com um “ídolo” académico como o enorme Mario Alinei (1926 – 2018), a pessoa que para nós – galegos e galegas – abriu definitivamente as portas da evidência científica à celticidade da nossa terra e forneceu as ferramentas para botarmos luz sobre as nossas origens e história.

Navegue bem, professor.

Entrada completa na página da IDG.

 

[EN] It’s never easy to write an obituary, even more so when dealing with a major academic “idol” such as Mario Alinei (1926 – 2018). He was the one who, for us Galicians, definitely opened the doors of scientific evidence to the Celticity of our land and provided the tools to shed light on our origins and history.

Good sailings, professor.

Full text at the IDG website (follow link scroll down for English version).