Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kilt Clad Celts Offend Women

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During the Middle Ages men in the Scottish Highlands were wearing their kilts a little too short. For when they were jaunting uphill, stooping or the wind caught it just right, women could see a man’s private parts and some were disgusted. Thinking themselves decent and civilized, some of the women of the Scottish Lowlands were not pleased with the spectacle. Although it is said that the style of a man’s purse hung about the waist helped to conceal that which had offended the women.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Prince-Before-After/dp/1484086392

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Next the Injustices of Slavery?

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I am extraordinarily curious about colonial slavery and I hope writing about it will uncover why. I am very white but like many Americans, I have plenty of ancestral roots from colonial slave states. And why, as little children, did my sister and I pretend we were slaves? In a very serious manner, I would pull her around in a wagon and we would speak what we believed was slavery dialogue.

I have a pattern of basing my novels on people who have suffered injustices. (Although the stories are rather sexy and string romances together). “Lies of the Lion” is the story of post-Inquisitional Jews in Amsterdam who built communities while pretending they were Christians. “The Celtic Prince” is about the evolution of people away from their native Judaic roots and the pain it entails. “Gold River” is about a struggle for Native Americans to preserve ancient burial grounds.

My next project will no doubt include delving into the history surrounding Colonial Slaves. I touched on it in “The Celtic Prince” but will explore and share the findings much more extensively in the next story.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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What Does Anglo-Saxon Really Mean?

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I believe it was in the 1960s when I started hearing the term “Anglo-Saxon”. I’m pretty sure it was derogatorily, if even subtly and I was never quite sure what it meant except that I assumed that I was one of “them” but now that I know my extensive family history, I know that I am not, nor is anyone, just one “group”.

In order to distinguish between different groups we tend to give names to them. Though each of us may be proud of our heritage, I suspect there are times when most of us don’t particularly care to be referred to as an Anglo, Asian, Jew, Arab, etc. It brings us into the “us and them” realm. I have a great-grandmother from the Morris Clan which could have Arabic roots stemming from Spanish Moors during the Middle Ages because the Latin word for Moor is “Maurus” from the Greek “Mauros” and in French you may find it as “More”.  I have also found Jewish ancestry and I imagine if I could see deep into the past I would find Asian and African roots and connections to all people of the world with prominent enough populations to have been given a “name”.

So it was with interest that while I was reading an English history book, WROUGHTON THROUGH THE MISTS OF TIME and they ask the question, “WHO’S WHO?” I took note. They attempt to simplify things:

“Anglo-Saxon became the overall term for the ruling classes and eventually English became both the name for the people of most of Britain and for the language spoken by them.”

That said, it is still confusing. One of the definitions of confuse is “to mix or blend so that things cannot be distinguished; jumble together.” That about sums it up.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Prince-Before-After/dp/1484086392

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

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