Tuesday, August 11

D for David and Dragon

From my daughter I received this tranquil photo of my son-in-law David on his holiday from Wales at Tullarbo. The earliest known human remains discovered in modern-day Wales date from 230,000 years ago. Hope you get some relaxing time away from your Cymreag academic life and in close contact with Norwegian nature, even though our remains only date from 13.000 years ago.

With reference to my Monday post about Union Jack, I therefore in addition present the Y Ddraig Goch (eng. The Red Dragon) or the Flag of Wales.
The flag was granted official status in 1959, but the red dragon itself has been associated with Wales for centuries; indeed, though the origin of the adoption of the dragon symbol is now lost in history and myth. A possible theory is that the Romans brought the emblem to what is now Wales during their occupation of Britain in the form of the Draco standards born by the Roman cavalry. The green and white stripes of the flag were additions by the House of Tudor, the Welsh dynasty that held the English throne from 1485 to 1603. Green and white are also the colours of the leek, another national emblem of Wales.

The oldest known use of the dragon to symbolize Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 830, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic/Romano-British leaders. It is particularly associated in Welsh poetry with Cadwaladr king of Gwynedd from c.655 to 682.For more interpretations ABC Wednesday letters, you can log on via the MckLinky enabled site

23 comments:

RuneE said...

A very dedicated D - and rightly so. Having been to Wales I can readily understand it.

Nina said...

My abc you couldn't find was both dogbane plant and dogbane beetles--come see.
Did you miss them?

http://natureremains.blogspot.com

James said...

Very interesting stuff and the flag is really cool.

Janet Creamer said...

Very cool dragon!

Mari said...

It´s always nice to read new things. Pics and story together makes both "live".

Reader Wil said...

Hi Arne! Thank you for an interesting post about the Welsh flag. I am very interested in anything concerning Great Britain, and especially in the Celts.
You quoted:" Let no one say the past is dead"... Well that's an Australian Aboriginal poem which we used for my husband's mourning card. Thank you for your comment.

foto CHIP said...

That was a nice D :) and I would very much like to go to Wales :)

photowannabe said...

Thank you for the interesting information on Wales and the flag. I learn something new all the time.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post! Always love all the new and fascinating things that I learn via blogging these days! Marvelous flag! And your family is beautiful, by the way.

Enjoy!
Sylvia

Tumblewords: said...

Very interesting! Your son-in-law does look very comfortable there!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

That's amazing human remains so old have been found in Wales!

The history of the Welsh flag is interesting- especially the theory that the dragon was originally a Roman symbol.

Anne said...

Jøss hva man lærer..., om det nå sitter da...

Du, skjekk inn hos Gunda, så ser du jeg glemte håret mitt der....

Roger Owen Green said...

dragons are forever fascinating to me. thanks for story, and the pic.

Irene Toh said...

David and the Dragon sounds like a mythical story like David and Goliath. The Welsh flag looks really nice.

Squirrel said...

Interesting post. I really love the one below this one titled "900 meters above sea level" with the spectacular view and the color. Just makes me want to hop on a plane and go there.

Janie said...

David certainly looks relaxed. Interesting to learn about the flag of Wales. The dragon seems a mysterious addition.

Beverley Baird said...

Great choice for D. The info on the flag is very interesting.
Thanks for stopping by..

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Thank you very much for this informative and interesting post.

April said...

Very sweet holiday scene and creative photo! Also, a great looking dragon - interesting history!

Joy said...

The Welsh flag is one of my favourites. Nice link with the David as St David is the patron saint of Wales.

Amy said...

Thanks for the informative "d" post. And thank you also for commenting on my blog. Your country is very beautiful and I enjoyed looking at some of your paintings.

Leslie: said...

*heh* Imagine getting a Welsh history lesson from a Norwegian! Well done and I hope your SIL is enjoying his time in Wales. :D

uncleawang said...

Interesting letter 'D' thanks for sharing & also thanks for the visit of my 'D':)
Have a nice day.