At 3:27 PM +0000 4/2/02, sallypainterauthor wrote:
>I'm trying to wade through several resources for 6th century Pict.
>And of course, there is scant information.
>But I hope this is a fairly easy question. Would it be correct for a
>character of this time period to refer to her/his tribe instead of
I think it is pretty darn hard to say what would be appropriate --
any term you choose is going to bring with it most likely
inappropriate 21st century assumptions about it's significance,
unfortunately, and I don't know that anyone knows what the Picts had
or called what they had...
That being said, I wouldn't use "clan" because for most of period
that is a specifically Gaelic cultural term and the Picts were not
Gaels. Even when it came to be used for some non-Gaelic groups in the
16th century, it was still in very Scottish specific contexts --
contexts that did not include Picts. Using "clan" to refer to things
Pictish will probably just add to the confusion about historical
clans in period.
So, my advice, unless you come across some evidence that Picts
themselves used "clan" in their own language (not just some word that
modern English speakers translate "clan"), I wouldn't use it.
But then, I'm picky ;-)
Sharon L. Krossa, krossa@...