|Moravian herald since 1292, chequered eagle|
Like many Eastern European regions, this swatch of land has been well traversed. The Celts ceded the region to Germanic tribes early in the 1st century B.C. Slavic peoples came into the region 600 years or so later and the land passed back and forth between Slavic and Germanic principalities, kingdoms, influences, and invaders. Great Moravia was established by the Slavs in 9th century. This empire covered the following large part of Europe.
Apparently, though we call these people Slavs, there is no consistency between their culture, language, or politics and modern Slavic nations. During the years 883-894 A.D., Moravia annexed Bohemia, with Bohemia finally pulling away to successfully establish its independence in 895.
It is an odd fact to think that the so-very Austrian Freud was perhaps actually Czech, anciently Slav, and even more anciently Celtic.
Further, perhaps this closeness of Moravia with Bohemia is more significant than mere proximity. Freidberg is considered part of southern Bohemian region of the current Czech Republic.
|Saint Bartholomew Church, in market town of Frymburk (Freidberg)|
|Nicole Ritchie in her own ad campaign for House of Harlow, a boho chic line selling at shopbop.com... current Boho style does NOT come cheap...|
|William Bouguereau, The Bohemian, 1890|
|The modern romanticized and coddled version|
|We came, we saw, we burned the man.|
"This is that very Mab
That plats the manes of horses in the night
And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
Which once untangled much misfortune bodes.
This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage.
This is she!" (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, scene i)
|Freud's concept of the unconscious|
You see! Freud does insidiously infiltrate the modern world and our modern selves and minds! I had intended for this entire blog entry to delve into the interesting and unusual history of Moravia and where do I end up? Back with Freud... myself always internally divided, always subconsciously motivated... just like the rest of you.