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Eluveitie - Slanias Song

Eluveitie - Slanias Song Eluveitie use traditional instruments amidst guitars and loud vocals. The lyrics are often in the extinct language Gaulish. The name of the band comes from a graffito on a vessel from Mantua (ca. 300 BC). The inscription in Etruscan letters reads eluveitie, which has been interpreted as the Etruscan form of the Celtic (h)elvetios (“the Helvetian”), presumably referring to a man of Helvetian descent living in Mantua.

The Helvetii were a Celtic tribe or tribal confederation,occupying most of the Swiss plateau at the time of their contact with the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC. According to Julius Caesar, the Helvetians were divided into four subgroups or pagi. Of these Caesar only names the Verbigeni and the Tigurini, while Poseidonios mentions the Tigurini and the Toygenoi (Τωυγενοί). They feature prominently in the Commentaries on the Gallic War, with their failed migration attempt to southwestern Gaul (58 BC) serving as a catalyst for Caesar’s conquest of Gaul.

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I just listened to the track ‘King’ from Eluveitie’s new album, Origins, and I’m actually pretty eager for the release of the rest of the album. I haven’t followed them much over the past couple of years just due to pure lack of interest (which is shocking considering my fangirl history of the band) but whenever I check back in the nostalgia starts flooding back. I haven’t been a fan of the whole pop influence they have recently taken on in regards to the look and image that they now portray (especially in music videos) but at their heart they seem to remain (pretty much) the same. The album art for Origins looks like something Enslaved would do and I can’t say that I hate it. I’m considering pre-ordering the boxset and recapture my youth.


The same old Eluveitie music structure can get pretty dry at times but overall the songs have remained catchy and it’s mostly the lyrics and whistle bits that are the highlights for me so it will be cool to see if anything has changed with the new lineup on the new album. My only real complaint is that I wish they still had that ‘raw’ factor which I feel was lost with the release of Everything Remains and was never quite recaptured. Regardless, I imagine/hope that there will be a few songs that I feel inspired to learn on tin. 

A ,ma helvetia!

A Girls Oath - Eluveitie


na brictom uidluias uidlu tgontias so
adgagsona severim tertionicnim ldssatim liciatim eíanom uoduiuoderce
lunget uonid ponc nitixsintor sises dscelinatia in eíanom anuana
ei andernados brictom banona fatucias paulla dona potitius iia
duxtir adiegias potitam air paullias severa dusxtir ulentos dona
paullius aiega matir aiías ptita dona primus i abesias.

Translation (approximate):

Turn the charm of those women against their names. Hereunder; this a witch’s charm charming witches.
Adsagona, look twice at Severa Tertionicna
their witchcraft and their witch of writing, she shall release the ones who they charged of defixio
with an hex against their names, enchant the group hereunder.

Zurich 18th Century Research



The 18th century was an intellectual golden age, with many important scholars:

  • Johann Jakob Breitinger (1701-1776) — influential philologist

  • Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698-1783) — author/academic, held chair of Helvetian history from 1725 to 1775(?)

  • Goethe (visits 1779)

Rousseau’s thoughts were moderately influential. Enlightenment ideas in Zurich drew more from German and English thinkers than from French (contrast: Bern was very French-influenced).


  • governed by “sworn briefs”

  • limited effect of Enlightenment ideas on administration

  • power concentrated in “regiment enabled” (regimentsfähiger) families

Important Events of 1777:

  • w/o consulting people, alliance with France concluded (!!!)

  • disturbances b/c breach charters of subject territories?*

Social and Economic:

  • silk and cotton industries, rival with Winterhur

  • manufacturers gaining political power over protests of the artisans

  • *citizens of the city have more rights than citizens in outlying territories (i.e lake communities) — burghers privileged?

  • putting-out system (subcontracting) — rich burghers employ domestically-working artisans to process raw materials — led to some rich rural upper-class

  • several weekly newspapers

  • Masonic Lodge founded 1771


  • "political power came to the corporations while giving a dominant position to the noble corporation of the "Constaffel" in which was constituted a "noble chamber" called "adelige Stube zum Rüden Stübli". The members families of the Corporations were mainly in them by heredity. The members of Stübli used the title "Junker”. In 1798 the Stübli did not count any more than eleven families. The Bonstetten family came to Bern in 1463 and ended in 1606. Some still extant families of the nobility of Zürich received additionally foreign titles such as the Hirzel, count in France in 1788.” (src)

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by letseatpeople

Eluveitie!AU requested by an anon on Tumblr. Basically Sam and Lucifer are Helvetian soldiers sitting at a campfire. This will probably be continued.

Words: 195, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 4 of Taken under His wings

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