Case Study: You Too Can Sleuth!
Startling evidence points to the fact that Europe’s early leaders like Clovis and Charlemagne did not convert, but that “conversion to Christianity” actually meant they had been killed and their realm overtaken. Whether Roman, Hapsburg or otherwise, it becomes ever clearer that conquerors hid behind royal and religious façades to invade and occupy Europe and enslave its residents. Two of the strongest and most obvious signs of this: (1) Franks notoriously fought their invaders to the death and (2) Christianity and royalty openly used deadly means to terrorize, overtake, subdue and mischaracterize their victims.
This webpage acts as an open forum to voice insights into the massive deceptions that use religion as their mask. Germans, for example, are really Franks and Burgundians who brought down Roman strongholds in the Rhinelands. For that reason, conquerors vilify the Germans again and again. Caesars portrayed Germans as ferocious warriors because they fought so fiercely against his takeover. It is also likely that they contrived the German language to separate people by class, imposed differences of nationality and pinned atrocities like mass executions on them.
Similarly, even those well-versed in all things French decline to associate the Franks with France and Frankish realms. Consider 7th century Carantania, Francia and the East Reaches (Österreich, or Austria). Arguably “Reich” originally meant the eastern parts of Celtic Europe, consistent with the Celtic penchant for naming descriptively, and then later changed to the sense of material wealth prized by empires and the aristocracy, or “rich.”
The view propounded by those reluctant to connect France and the Franks relies on false attributions, like uncouth pre-Christian pagans. These old derogations shatter with one look into an Iron Age burial chamber. A walk through a reconstructed village leaves no doubt that these pre-Christian Franks and Burgundians form a vital part of Europe’s heritage.
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The word pagan, too, wrongly associates Celts with barbaric rituals. In earlier times, when entire families were slain it probably indicated an enemy attack rather than ritual. Today the first thought is mafia, and in those days the most likely suspect was an outside foe too.
Similarly, the word pagan derives from the concept of countryside. To mitigate against attackers and slave hunters, living scattered in rural areas made it more difficult to round people up in large numbers. Also, the Iron Age preceded the Current Era, so it is impossible to denounce these people as unchristian. Unchristian connotes tolerance and inclusivity, though, since by Biblical dictates Christians must be intolerant and exclusive.
Christianize and civilize have been used interchangeably, but now those designations need to be revisited as to whether both words are euphemisms for enslavement.