BANBHA FÓDLA ÉIRIU is a bi-lingual Irish-English lifestyle blog with advice for furthering your intellectual(Banbha), physical(Fódla) and spiritual(Éiriu) self.
Every month there will be three articles/videos; one relating to the mind:'Banbha: (Title)', a second relating to the body: 'Fódla: (Title)' and a third relating to the soul: 'Éiriu: (Title)'.
There will be small posts in between; articles of interest, suggested reading/viewing or curiosities.
I recently discovered that our current system of cartography completely distorts the size of countries.
When we look at the map and judge countries upon their size we are most likely wrong.
Here is the map we are all familiar with:
Here is the Gall-Peters map in which all countries are portrayed with appropriate size relations to each other:
Tá difríocht sontasach idir na dhá mapaí seo. Tá an leathsféar Thuaidh i bhfad níos mó den leathsféar Theas. Amharc ar an difríocht is mó!:
Is Mapa iontach conspoide é mapa Gall-Peters, agus caithimid a bí ag smaoineadh ar an fath a cuirtear faoi chois é. Déan cíoradh ar an Aifric?!
Could there be a political reason behind the suppression of this 'more accurate' map?
Or is This map indeed more accurate?
Fódla (FOE-LA), whose name means ‘Sod of Earth’, is the daughter of
Ernmas (the mother Goddess of Ireland) and the wife of Mac Cecht, a leader of
the Tuatha de Dannan
She is a Goddess of War attributed to protection,
sovereignty and leadership.
She is a warrior charged with the protection of the Island.
She was reigning Queen at the time of the Milesian invasion.
The Tuatha de Dannan finally succumbed to the Milesians but
three separate deals were struck with Amairgin so that the newly conquered
lands would be named after the three daughters of Ernmas (Banbha at Slieve Mis,
Fódla at Slieve Felim and Éiriu at Sleieve Uisneach) so that the Tuatha de
Dannan might live on in name.
Fódla was killed by Eadán at the battle of Tailtiu which
marked the defeat of the Tuatha de Dannan
Fódla, Fodhla, Fotla, Fothla, Fóla
In the image Fódla is in Celtic war regalia; holding a spear and with a resting shield.
She is in a yogic pose and her base and body chackras are awakened.
The doves, bees and willow leaf in her left hand, are all celtic symbols of health
Here the illumination (white light) is central denoting use of the whole brain.
Protection, sovereignty and leadership in times of war require that your health fitness and strength be at optimal levels.
Here Fódla will represent your body, the protective house of the mind and soul.
In this blog I will be sharing links and articles related to:
Exercise: Effective and efficient ways of exercising to build muscle and lose weight.
Diet and Nutrition: Benefits and hazards of certain food types along-side healthy recipes and a breakdown of what foods affect what aspects of the body.
Supplementation: Breakdown of what certain supplements do and how they affect your body/ailments. Recommendations for certain conditions.
Toxins: A breakdown of the ubiquitous toxins that surround us on a daily basis and ways of counteracting/avoiding them.
Yoga and Meditation: A breakdown of how Yogic traditions can actually attune your body while simultaneously cleansing your mind and chackras. Bikram, Hatha and Kundalini yogas and various techniques of meditation.
Healing: Through foods, beverages, herbs, suppliments, chrystals, orgone energy, yoga and meditation we will explore alternate healing to see if there is any credence to their claims.
Léis na físeanna séo tá mé ag iarraidh na cosúlachta idir na
teangaí proto-ceilteach agus an teanga Ainu a fiosrú da bhrí raiteas
diamhar go raibh gaol idir na teangaí. Is chultúr seanda oileánach é
chultúr na hAinu agus ag, an am séo, níl aon gaol ar bith idir an teanga
Ainu agus teanga ar bith eile. Eist leis an bhlás ar an fís 'Ainu' seo, bfheidir go bhfuil eolach ar?
Here's a little linguistic curiosity for all you familiar with the Irish language. The Ainu, or the 'hairy Ainu', are an ancient insular indigenous race inhabiting the northern islands of Japan. Ainu has no accepted genealogical relationship to any other language family, yet, I just heard an off-hand remark about how their language was unique to the area but seemed to share a lot in common with proto-celtic languages. That would be a head-scratcher as they are an ancient people on the other side of the globe!
I'm not sure how true this is as the researcher gave no reference for this particular talking point but have a listen see if you can hear a 'blás':
Tá an íomha de 'Banbha' ins an
phost deirneach bunaithe ar ealaíon Gustav Klimt. Ins an fís séo
leirítear an modh a bhfuil sé abalta mothucain an domhain a cuir in iúl
dúinn mar gheall ar a stíl linte a sceitseal sé.
A Little Positive Inspiration:
The painting of 'Banbha' in the last post was emulating the work of Gustave Kilmt. Here is a video illustrating how he can almost perfectly express the human condition through his use of line-work.
Banbha (BAN-VA), whose name means 'fallow land', is the Daughter of Ernmas (the mother Goddess of Ireland) and the wife of Mac Cuil, a leader of the Tuatha de Dannan.
She is a Goddess of the soil attributed to protection, sovereignty and leadership.
She was a skilled magician and was charged with the protection of the Island.
She was the first woman to set foot on the Island of Ireland after the primordial flood and was first to meet the Milesian Celt invaders.
The Tuatha de Dannan eventually succumbed to the Milesians but three seperate deals were struck with Amairgin so that the newly conquered land be named after the three daughters of Ermas (Banbha in Sleive Mis, Fódla in Sleive Felim & Éiriu in Slieve Uisneach) so that the Tuatha de Dannan might live on in name.
Banbha was killed by Suirge at the battle of Tailtiu which marked the defeat of the Tuatha de Dannan.
In the image Banbha stands elegantly facing the illumination (white light) of the left. This is a representation of left brain intelligence.
She is surrounded by earth and water.
The Salmon, Hawk and hazel wood are Celtic symbols which represent wisdom and knowledge
Protection, Leadership and Sovereignty over the mind, soil from which all things grow, must begin with the sharper mind, the prepared mind.
Here Banbha will represent the mind itself; charged with the protection of your body and soul.
In this blog I will be sharing links and articles relating to:
Psychology: understanding who you are and how others manipulate you.
Psychopathy: realising who is or is not and understanding the consequences of interactions.
IQ and Neuroplasticity: brain-training, trivia, IQ boosting and critical thinking when confronted with information.
In Irish mythology, Banbha, Fódla & Éiriu are three sister Goddesses of the 'Tuatha de Dannan' whose names were given to the land of Ireland. Today Ireland is predominantly referred to as 'Éire' whereas the others are seldom used, unless as aesthetic or poetic terms.
This Trinity, to me, is an excellent representation of 'Mind, Body and Soul' with regards to Irish, or Celtic, identity and beliefs.
I hope to keep a regular blog discussing and sharing my findings with regards to where we find ourselves today:
A time where we collectively appear frustrated, depressed, spiritually bereft, materialistic, apathetic to the suffering of others and disconnected from the lives and values of our peers and ancestors.
A time of unforeseen technological and intellectual advances but of psychological and educational regression.
A time of unrelenting dominance of the Ego and left brain; resulting in the corruption of major systems such as economics, finance, government, healthcare and education.
An age which, through its complacency, apathy and distractions, allows these corrupted entities to be dominated by the psychopath, the faceless, the corporate; in which national, and personal, identity, sovereignty and consciousness are under threat as a result.
An age in which we are bombarded by substances, devices and dogma that are detrimental to our health, spirit and the continuity of our surrounding eco-systems.
I will explore and share problems, solutions, criticisms, important texts and/or anything I may find, that might ease the burden of modern life with regards to your:
Mind (Banbha): Psychology, Psychopathy, Memory, Depression, Creativity, Music, Art etc. Body (Fódla): Exercise, Nutrition, Toxins, Supplementation, Healing, Yoga, etc. Soul (Éiriu): Spirituality, Consciousness, Respect, Consideration, Reality, Meditation, Religion, Philosophy and Natural Sciences, Environment etc.
I believe that if we all explore these three aspects of ourselves, we begin to address the crises of our time and can take conscious and positive steps to tackling them.
'We' are the state of the planet. For if every individual is to know and understand oneself, and the challenges to oneself, we may collectively know and understand each other, nature and the heavens.
Hopefully this can become a two-way conversation eventually and you might share your thoughts or findings.
Finally, why the Celtic theme? Being Irish, and having an interest in Celtic studies, mythology and mysticism, It was fitting that the trinity of the Goddesses of Ireland should be used to represent the three realms I wish to explore. Éiriu, the spiritual aspect, will have a particularly Celtic flavour for the most part. (To clarify my stance on this, I consider myself Christian with tendencies towards eastern spiritual practices, such as Yoga and meditation, but also enjoy reading and researching into world religions, the occult, freemasonry, druidry, mysticism and world shamanism.) This is only a theme and a personal interest; the main function however will be for a general uplifting of all men and women by means of nurturing and understanding the mind, body and soul, Banbha Fódla agus Éiriu.
All future posts will be bi-lingual.