Saturday, October 26

Britannia Leads To The Goddess Diana

1962 UK penny showing BRitannia

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

Britannia is usually said to have been the name given to Britain by the Romans, and a figure representing this has been shown on many of the country's coins ever since. But it seems that this may not be the whole story.

It's possible that Britannia may be much older and really comes from the Phoenician goddess Barati. There is a definite similarity if we compare Britannia with Barati on coins.

1797 coin showing Britannia

The two coins above show Britannia on British coins of 1962 and 1797. Now look at a coin showing the Phoenician goddess Barati.

Coin showing goddess Barati

This is a Phoenician Barats of Lycaonia, from the third century A.D showing their goddess Barati. The illustration is from Iconium City and it can be seen that she has a Sun-Cross or St George's Cross as a shield - St George being the patron saint of England - and is the red cross part of the union or union jack flag.

The Union Flag: Red Cross of St George of England,
Red Diagonal Cross of St.Patrick of Ireland and the
White Cross, on a blue background, of St Andrew of Scotland
So the Phoenicians depicted Barati in a similar way to how Britain depicts Britannia. In Cicilia, Asia Minor Barati was worshipped as Perathea and later as Diana.

It looks possible, therefore, that Britannia and Diana originate from the same source.

On the above Early Roman British Coin (138-161 A.D) Britannia looks more like the Goddess with the shield bearing a sun cross - this emblem is seen to be the origin of the shield bearing the Union Jack which is figured in the modern representations of Britannia.

It's interesting that at the funeral of Princess Diana, her brother, Earl Spencer, stated that she was named after the 'ancient goddess of hunting'. It makes you wonder if there was a deeper meaning to her life and death than we fully realise.

I'm sure that there are links to our distant past that we are mostly completely unaware of - one day we may discover the true symbolism.

Other Random 'Ancient' Posts:
Ancient Egyptians And Their World Of Dreams
The Bells Toll The Way To King Arthur And St Denys In Cornwall
The UFO Travellers From Ancient Egypt

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  1. Barat-Anna = 'Fire Stone Goddess/, popular in much of the ancient world. 'Barad' in Hebrew = 'flaming hail' = meteorite. Diana is a far more primordial form of the Warrior Goddess, and Britannia is a Romanised Brigid. Thanks for all your work!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  2. I had no idea where Britannia originated from. I also think there was more to Princess Diana than we know, and how she died.

  3. Intriguing, all these parallels. Diana was such an icon in her brief life. In her way, she was a hunter! I remember reading that at the time of her death, she was the most photographed woman in the world.

    1. I think Diana was hunted more than being a hunter. She certainly made a worldwide impression.