According to J. F. del Giorgio, what is remarkable about this tale is that there were similar inhabitants living in the French territory during Roman times. These were extraordinary individuals who, according to history, were excellent sailors and probably the first to circumnavigate the world. Furthermore, they were survivors of a much older European population and they occupied Europe thousands of years before the Latins arrived on the scene- even before the Aryan, Indo-European tribe came to the continent.
Moreover, they still exist among us and to a large extent many keep their age-old customs, speak their ancient tongue, where some of their words have been considered to come directly from the Stone Age. Major religions have been influenced by them and their ancient myths are still celebrated in the arts. Their influence has been felt in the fields of art, religion, philosophy, science, architecture, jewelry, folklore, customs, traditions, legends, institutions and family. In fact, they were even written about in the Iliad, the Odyssey and the Aeneid. And if their men were impressive, their women were no less remarkable. In many aspects they outshone the men of their times.
I guess by now you are wondering, who are these people? From J. F. del Giorgio's The Oldest Europeans we learn that it is widely accepted that the oldest Europeans are the ancient Basques, who call themselves Euskaldunak, their country Euskalherria and their language Euskera. Some Basque thinkers use the term Euzko to name their people and those who are related to them or have the same origin from their DNA and cultural ties, such as the Etruscans, Scots, Scandinavians, Celts, Irish, Welsh, Gauls, Thracians, and Pelasgians
It would be an understatement to say that reading this well-documented study about witchcraft, old religions, women's rights, our own stone roots, ancient European names, language, Greek mythology and history, ancient traditions such as the carnival, Easter, Christmas, hallucinogens, religious rituals, river names, and many more topics is fascinating!
However, when readers try to plough through a book that contains all of this and more, the outing may be a bit rough with its abundance of detail, particularly where the organization is cumbersome and the author tends to wander from time to time.
Reviewer: Norm Goldman, Editor Bookpleasures.com