Posted 2006-01-20 17:36 (#32804 - in reply to #32297) Subject: RE: Europa Barbarorum
Nevertis - 2006-01-08 1:03 AM
Nevertis - 2006-01-05 7:44 PM
Well i know which were the Baltic tribes, although i thought that with "Touta Venedi" EB developers ment some kind of Slavic Tribe
I think Vindai were West Balts close to Kuršians and lived in Vindava (now Ventspils). Possible etymology: Latvian word VINDA, meaning WINDING, > Vindai. Older name of river Venta was Vindava too. Venta has very many windings. Also town Vindėnai (Vindeni) was in Dacia.
Correction: town name originally was spelt Vindenae.
"The Windish people of Bethlehem trace their ancestry to Prekmurje, a mountainous region in eastern Slovenia (formerly the northernmost republic of Yugoslavia). The Windish dialect can be traced back 1500 years. Since the Windish were basically of hardy farmer stock and had no nobility or war machinery among them, they were usually ruled by other peoples, but were allowed to keep their ethnicity. Slovenia was at one time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. While most of Slovenia was ruled by the Austrians, the Prekmurje region remained separatist and was under the control (as early as the 9th century) of the Magyar nobles of Hungary.
At the turn of the century, the Windish emigrated to America, searching for a better life. Because Bethlehem, at that time, offered employment opportunities at the Bethlehem Steel Company and at the plenteous cigar and dress factories, it became a mecca for a large group of these eastern Europeans.
Although most Slovenes were of the Roman Catholic faith, many Prekmurje Winds praticed Evangelical Lutheranism. St. John's of Bethlehem is the only Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States.
Once a "tri-lingual" congregation (English, Windish, and Hungarian), English is now the language of the congregation. On occasion, an anthem, hymn, lesson, or prayer might be offered in the native tongue of Windish in order to preserve the great traditions of the congregation's founders. However, the St. John's of the 1990s is committed to a future of inclusive ministry in its neighborhood. St. John's is proud to be an active member of Southside Ministries, an ecumenical cooperative of six congregations providing outreach and ministry to the people of Southside Bethlehem. The programs of SSM include Southside KIDS summer program, a tutoring program, a thrift shop, and partnership in a food bank and meal center."
Can name of these Windish be related to Vindai > Venedai? What is known about etymology of name Windish?