Vrijen still means: to make love
Vrijer = lover
Old spelling for lovemaking: Vryery
It's obvious to me why the Roman catholic empire desperately wanted to annihilate the Old (west) Frisian (Fryic, Fryish, Freeish) culture.
The OLB says Athens was named after the word for friend, atha, not after Athena at all. So I wanted to investigate it.
The word friend, funny enough, melds with your above post where we get to vrijen meaning to woo.
It also means free. The Frisians were Free men. Min-erva brings this subject up:
Then we built a citadel at an hours distance from the harbour. By the advice of Min-erva it was called Athens, because, she said, those who come after us ought to know that we are not here by cunning or violence, but were received as friends (âtha). While we were building the citadel the principal personages came to see us, and when they saw that we had no slaves it did not please them, and they gave her to understand it, as they thought that she was a princess. But Min-erva said, How did you get your slaves? They answered, We bought some and took others in war. Min-erva replied, If nobody would buy slaves they would not steal your children, and you would have no wars about it. If you wish to remain our allies, you will free your slaves. The chiefs did not like this, and wanted to drive us away; but the most enlightened of the people came and helped us to build our citadel, which was built of stone.
The Libyans were also Free men apparently, Amazigh meaning freeman, noble or loyal man, as above..."free, exempt from, not in bondage," also "noble,
I can only find vague references to atha in Sanskrit and Irish. It does tally though since the city of Athens is suppose to be plural for cities of friends, as in Athens' - the Atha'ans. (?)
1. In Afrikaans, the verb "Vry" means "courting" or "necking" rather than "making love". In modern usage the latter means to engage in sex.
(eg. John vry (na) Jane (John is courting Jane)
2. As a predicative adjective, Vry means Free as in Ek is vry (I am free)
3. As a noun Vry(heid) means Freedom. (Literally: Free-ness; Dutch: Vrijheid)
The word Frya thus means Free or Freedom and the Fryan People means The Free People
Then back in Europe there is Paris, free city.
Edited by The Puzzler, 23 October 2010 - 03:37 PM.