Glamis Manse Pictish Stone

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Various sources and, therefore, considered experts think this stone dates from the late 7th century A.D. on the east side and the 8th or, possibly, early 9th century A.D. on its west side.

Likewise, the meanings to the symbolism on carved stones is open to debate and speculation. What the various symbols mean, may never be discovered. Any interpretation can only be guessed at based on archaelogical artefact findings and writings by people other than the Picts themselves.

Early Picts, like other Celtic peoples, are thought to believe writing things down as sacreligious. Later on, so experts think, almost indecipherable ogham script has been attributed to the Picts.

When Kenneth McAlpin united the Scots in Dalriada with the Northern Picts, the Pictish language went into serious decline and what became known as Scottish Gaelic took over.

Academic and intellectual argument will, no doubt, continue as to who the Picts and Celts really were, the language they spoke, what kind of world they lived in and what they thought or believed.

For the moment, let us leave all this behind, and to those who wish to pursue that line, while we, we should relax and marvel at suberb skill left as a memorial, a testament to clever and artistically sensitive people.

On this, the incised (cut into) side of the Glamis Manse Stone is considered a serpent, salmon and mirror symbols. It is thought that the serpent, an adder, represents regeneration and transformation, the salmon, knowledge and wisdom with the mirror representing air or the after-life.

However, another theory which may seem more plausible is that the serpent is an eel, and, like the salmon, migrates. Eels travel across land until they reach water again. Celtic/Pictish peoples attributed them, eels and salmon, with the ability to move freely between this world and Tir Nan Og (Land Of The Young), the Celtic Otherworld or afterlife where we regain our youth forever. A marvellous prospect? Yes? No?

The west cross side has a Celtic Christian Cross sculpted in relief in a Celtic knotwork pattern. Experts think is of a later period than the east side.

Other carvings shown, in the top left hand corner is a lion, top right, a centaur holding two axes. Bottom left shows a cauldron with human legs hanging out and two bearded men fighting with axes below.

The cauldron used to have sinister connotations. However, it is thought more likely to be a symbol of regeneration, warriors being dipped into it filled with a "magical" mixture to bring them back to life.

Bottom right has a beast's or deer's head above a three-ringed symbol some say is a cauldron seen from above.

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