Various Traditions #4 by Yair Davidiy
"Lost Israelite Identity.
The Israelite Origin of Celtic Races" (1996).
Don and Bile.
The Welsh Version of their Origins
The Tribe of Don [Dan]
In Welsh sources the Tribe of Dana (in Irish Tradition) is paralleled by the People of DON. The Welsh spoke of the goddess Don and her consort Bile the god of the dead. Britain was nicknamed "the Honey Isle of Bile". The name "Wales" derives from a permutation of the name "Bile"!
Origin of the Name "Wales".
A New Appreciation.
BILE is the equivalent of Bel meaning the Canaanite Baal whom the Romans in Syria identified with Saturn. The Romans considered Britain to be the domain of Saturn. They also equated the god Saturn with Israel.
Another form of the name "Bile" is "Beli".
Greek and Roman Parallels.
The name "Neptune" (the Roman term for the Greek god of the Sea, Poseidon) was believed by Nahum Slouschz to be derived from the Israelite Tribe of Nephtali.
The Greeks and Romans invented their own version of Hebrew traditions appropriating them to themselves.
"Helleno-Yishurin. The Hebrew Origin of Greek Legends"
by John R. Salverda
The Greeks said that Bela or Belus (i.e. Baal) son of Poseidon (Neptune) was the father of Danaus and that Danaus escaped from Egypt with other people the bulk of whom led by Moses settled in Judea.
Hecateus of Abdera (300s BCE) said:
“The most distinguished of the expelled foreigners followed Danaus and Cadmus from Egypt; but the greater number were led by Moses into Judaea.”
"Belus in Greek Mythology is a son of Poseidon by Libya. He was a King of Egypt and father of Aegyptus and Danaus."
Diodorus Siculus (1.27.28) says that Belus founded a colony on the river Euphrates.
The Biblical Borders of the Land of Israel stretched from the Nile in Egypt to the Euphrates.
These sources confirm the identification of Danaus with the Israelite Dan as well as paralleling the Welsh pairing of Don with Bile (i.e. Belus, i.e. Baal).
We have here a Welsh parallel to the Greek version of Ancient Israelite History featuring Dan and Bel (Danaus and Belus) that evidently was based on an earlier Israelite folk-tale type prototype that is lost to us.
Welsh Sources and the Tudors.
The Welsh collection of legends (called Mabinogion) speaks of Beli son of Manogan king of Britain. Beli is thought to be a derivation of Belinus or Bile.
Beli is named as the ancestor of Welsh royal houses and is apparently considered (in Welsh tradition) a member of the House of David. The Tudor monarchs of England had Royal Welsh origins:
"At any rate, there is reason to believe that the Tudors were descended from the old British kings who ruled at the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions".
Introducing the British Albion
Poseidon the Greek god of the Sea and father of Danaus has a name which is capable of being understood to mean "Son(s) of Dan". The Greeks said that Doros son of Poseidon founded the important city port of Dor on the coast of Israel in the territory of Menasseh. A Phoenician inscription also reported the presence of Israelite DAN in that area. Nephtali and Dan were full brothers. They were the only sons of Bilhah who was the maidservant of Rachel and concubine of Israel. The Tribes of Nephtali and Dan were often closely associated with each other. Neptune (according to the Romans) fathered Albion who founded a kingdom in Britain. Albion is a form of the name Lebanon in which country Nephtali and Dan held inheritances.
The above name-associations link the legendary ancestors of British Peoples to Israelite Tribes.
They should be considered in the light of additional evidence. It must be remembered that the northern Israelites prior to their exile were already pagans. They would have assimilated whatever Biblical traditions they retained to concepts understandable in pagan terms.
3. THE TRIBE OF DANA. [TUATHA DE DANAAN]
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