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The first song in the Gothic tongue in over 1200 years...
 

Atta Unsar by GothicSage

Atta Unsar is the Lord's prayer in the ancient and extinct Gothic language

 

 Gothic Language

the Gothic language was put into writing first by Roman missionary Ulfilas, who translated large parts of the Christian Bible into the vernacular. Ulfilas is also accredited with inventing the Gothic alphabet, as the Gothic language had never been written down before he arrived as a missionary to the Goths.


The language itself is in the Indo-European family with strong ties to the Old Norse as well as Germanic dialects. Though the language has not been spoken in many centuries, linguist scholars have attempted to reconstruct the phonetic sound of the original Gothic.

 

The Gothic People

There are two major works which give us an authentic insight into the culture, history, beliefs and language of the Gothic people of antiquity, Jordanis' - Getica (the history of the Gothic people) and Missionary Ulfilas' translation of large parts of the Christian Bible into the Gothic language. In addition to these two bodies of literature there also exist other literary and historic references.

 

Where did the Goths come from?

The geographic origin of the Goths of antiquity is identified with the Gdansk Basin of the Baltic Sea (North-Eastern Europe). This is the location where the first-century BCE Wielbark (Willenberg) culture was unearthed—the culture commonly associated with the arrival of the historic Goths. Although there are unanswered questions around the exact ethnicity of the Goths it is clear that there is a strong connection to at least two groups: the more dominant Indo-European Scandinavians (mostly from the region of Götaland in modern-day Sweden) as well as indigenous people of the Gdansk region that had lived in this area long before the Indo-Europeans arrived from the Caucasus.

Whatever the make-up and exact origins, the Goths represented a unique people group in Eastern Europe in culture and language (a language in the Indo-European), even though they also had much in common with the Norse and Germanic peoples around them, in terms of religious belief and culture. When the Goths left their home region of the Gdansk basin in the 2nd century CE to embark on a fantastic journey that took them as far as the Eastern stretches of Eurasia and even into Southern Italy and Spain, they did so as barbarians with a penchant for war and plundering.

They had their heyday under Theodoric the Great (king of the Ostrogoths (471-526), ruler of Italy (493–526), regent of the Visigoths (511–526), and a viceroy of the Eastern Roman Empire). by this time, the Goths had reinvented themselves.


 

 

 

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