Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Welsh Dragon - a Satanic Symbol?

A new party in Wales is about to launch a campaign to replace Y Ddraig Goch as the national flag of Wales ... because it's the symbol of the devil.

Party manifesto coordinator Rev David P Griffiths from The new Welsh Christian Party declared it an “outrage” that various government, housing and tourism bodies in North Wales associate themselves with a symbol of defeat and Satan – the dragon.

And I always thought they were associating themselves with the national flag of Wales. Silly me. May I suggest that it's only religious nuts like the Rev Griffith who associate the Welsh Dragon with Satanism?

Tom Bodden tells the full story.

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At 6:44 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Will I have to surgically remove my Y Ddraig Goch tattoo before they let me into the "Love Therapy" (Tuesday 8pm; Friday 6pm)meeting at the Universal Kingdom of the Great Lord Wossname church?


At 8:34 AM, Blogger Mark Leslie Woods said...

The Reverend Griffiths probably has good intentions, although fear of the unknown and the imagined seem to also motivate folks, alot.

The dragon is a symbol of difference, which distinguished early western insular Brythonic tribes among the late Roman rivalries, as I understand it.

In other words, a symbol of Celtic 'monstrosity' was embraced, as a battle challenge to other symbols of either Imperial Rome (whom sported the elegant eagle, though also a hungry monster) or to the other Gaelic or Germanic flags of the time, which often had griffins, unicorns and lions.

Since the early Brythonic (proto-Welsh) tribes were among the first Christianized in Northern Europe, and the last to persist as Christians once Rome fell, it makes little historical sense to attack the Ddraig Goch as 'anti-Christian.'

In fact, from an historical perspective, there might be a better case that y Ddraig Goch is more of a Christian emblem, than any reference to Dewi Sant.

You see, the legend and miracles of Dewi Sant, as an early Welsh Saint, might actually have been the historical revision and invention of a former Irish or Welsh Celtic Warrior or God's myths, which were conflated over time with the legendary life of of first bishop, David.

Consequently, associations with St. David might in fact be the more iconically pagan, than that clawed pinnacle of our group's grotesquerie, the Red Dragon.

Pity the religious folk who are still driven by irrational fears, and pity the secular Welsh children who have no accuarate idea about their long and proud Welsh and religious heritage.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Wynne Jones said...

Diolch yn fawr iawn for your comments Mark. I can't really argue with you because I simply do not know enough about the subject, but I find it fascinating.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger brodyrdavies said...

From what little I know of this subject I can deffinitely agree with Mark.
It would be a disgrace to have to change what is probably our most notorious national emblem because some backward religious nut deems it offensive!
The greatest irony of all for me though, is that after ceturies of attack from other nations our heritage is now under fire from a group of fellow coutrymen.
Does the Welsh culture have any future? At this rate, sadly, I fear not.


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