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Old 13-04-2016, 07:04 PM   #33
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Arrow Bretoned

The Brythonic community around the 6th century..
The Bretons are an ethnic group located in the region of Brittany in France..They trace much of their heritage to groups of Brittonic speakers who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain including Cornwall to avoid invading Germanic tribes..They also descend from the Gauls and in some parts from Vikings..They migrated in waves from the 3rd to 9th century (most heavily from 450 to 600) into the Armorican peninsula, which was subsequently named Brittany after them..As one of the Brythonic languages, Breton is related closely to Cornish and more distantly to Welsh, while the Gallo language is a Romance language of the langue d'oïl group..Brittany and its people are counted as one of the six Celtic nations.. Ethnically, along with the Cornish and Welsh, the Bretons are the last vestiges of the ancient Britons..Bretons were the most prominent of the non-Norman forces in the Norman invasion of England..A number of Breton families were of the highest rank in the new society and were tied to the Normans by marriage..The Scottish Clan Stewart and the royal House of Stuart have Breton origins..


Tro Breizh (Breton for "Tour of Brittany") is a Catholic pilgrimage that links the towns of the se7en founding saints of Brittany..These se7en saints were Celtic monks from Britain from around the 5th or 6th century who brought Christianity to Armorica and founded its first bishoprics..A Pardon is a typically Breton form of pilgrimage and one of the most traditional demonstrations of popular Catholicism in Brittany..Pardons only occur in the traditionally Breton language speaking Western part of Brittany..They do not extend farther east than Guingamp..

The Pardon at Kergoat, portrayed by Jules Breton..

Traditional Breton symbols and/or symbols of Brittany include the national anthem Bro Gozh ma Zadoù based on the Welsh Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau..The traditional motto of the former Dukes of Brittany is Kentoc'h mervel eget bezañ saotret in Breton, or Potius mori quam fœdari in Latin..The "national day" is observed on 1 August, the Feast of Saint Erwann (Saint Yves).. The ermine is an important symbol of Brittany reflected in the ancient blazons of the Duchy of Brittany and also in the chivalric order, L’Ordre de l’Hermine (The Order of the Ermine)... are generations being born and dying..You're at one with all living things..Each man's thoughts and dreams are yours to know..Until the day we are reborn..Prepare yourselves...

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