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Wednesday January 30th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    The only thing about Dewi Sant was his "Walking the path our fathers had trod before us." Maybe it does maybe it doesn't but it could rather suggest a mind that might be a tad backward looking. At the same time, rather than picking out the good bits and ignoring a wide range of less than savory behaviors, practices and traditions the path trod by ancestors are worth grasping in their totality.  And again Dewi's world was under threat from the territorial ambitions of neighbors, most of whom were pagan and many of whom had had no lasting history of the Pax Romana, or if they had had a history of the Pax Romana had experienced it as an unsettling attack upon their own desires for self determination.

 

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    Another point worth adding, is that in Dewi's time, the 6th century, it would have been very difficult to go anywhere without coming across the ruins of a once mighty and well organized authority. The Romans had crisscrossed the English and Welsh countryside with miles and miles of hard all weather roads, and as a matter of fact, it wasn't until the beginning of the 18th century that the United Kingdom's central authority actually gave thought to and provided the finances for building all weather roads. In short, the path Dewi's fathers trod were something to behold when put beside a bunch of painted banshees screaming for something like, I don't know, freedom, liberty, a wall or whatever..

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