Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The ancient Gods spoke Albanian: Zeus

I will start this blog with this legend taken from a town close to the ruins of a castle of Cronus in southern Albania. Contrary to common belief the "Greek Gods" were Pelasgian Gods. The language that the Pelasgians spoke was the same language that today's Albanians speak, so did all of ancient Greece. These Gods were worshiped at a time when the Greek language hadn't developed yet. Their names can naturally be translated from Albanian and still hold the same meanings for the most part. Pelasgians had as a center the divine city of Dodona and Zeus was known mostly as Zeus of Dodona, Zeus of Tomar, Zeus the Pelasgian, Zeus of Olympus, etc.

It is known in ancient mythology that Rhea gave birth to Zeus while hiding him from his father Cronus. This legend first collected and published for the first time in 1875 shows that Zeus was born in a place called the castle of God in a pasture of Cronus in southern Albania. 

Lindja e Zeusit

                “Zoti... u lind jo në Dodonë, në pallatet e t’et, Kronit, por në Palavli, ku qe nje stan i Kronit. Edhe u ndihmua të arratiset nga limani i Sarandës dhe u dergua në Kretë, ku u rrit dhe mbretëroi ne Epir e Tesali, në gjithë Greqinë, duke u bërë perandor i madh.

Jo larg kështjellës së Kronit një fshat i quajtur Palavlia e Zotit, Këtu erdhi Rea dhe e lindi fshehtazi Zotin dhe ia lehtësoi ikjen për në Kretë. Pastaj Zoti shkoi në Azi dhe arriti gjer në Indi...” 

Birth of Zeus

                “God... was born not in Dodona in his father Cronuses’ palaces, but in Palavli, where was a pasture of Cronus. And he was helped to escape through the harbour of Saranda and he was sent to Crete, where he grew up and reigned, Epirus, Thesaly and all of Greece, becoming a big Emperor.

                Not far from the castle of Cronus, a village called “Palavlia e Zotit”, here came Rhea and gave birth to God hiding, and she eased his going to Crete. Then God went to Asia, and arrived all the way to India...”

                Zeus was the God of the Gods, the God of the sky and Thunder. The name Zeus comes from the Albanian language, meaning voice, as in the thunder being the voice of God/Zeus. In the  northern Gheg dialect in Albania Za, Zau, Zani Zoni; in the southern Albanian Dialect, Ze, Zë, zëri, zënë; in standart literary Albanian Zë, zëri. He was also known as the eagle. He would many times transform himself into an eagle. To this day Albanians believe they are the sons of the eagle. They believe they came up from eagles’ nests in the mountains. Albania is called the land of the eagles by Albanians, while at the same time they keep the double-headed eagle on the flag.


                However Zeus is called Dhias nowadays in Greece. Let’s check that out! From ancient mythology it is known that Zeus was raised in Crete. His mother Rhea gave him to Amalthea the goat or Adamanthea the nynph so that she could nurse him, raise him and hide him from his father Cronus. She raised him with milk and honey. Later on, in gratitude, Zeus gave her a place in the stars, the constellation of Capra the (female-goat). Therefore Amalthea or Adamanthea was Zeus’s adoptive mother.  

Amalthea – In Albanian this word breaks in the 'amal' and 'thea'. 'Amal' has a dual meaning, (amal = milk) from the Gheg dialect (i amal, t’amal). In the Tosk southern dialect, (i amël, i ambël, i ëmbël = sweet), which i believe is the original meaning. Remember baby Zeus was fed honey and milk and this first part of the name compliments both parts of the legend, sweet honey, and milk which is also sweet. The second part ‘thea’ comes from Albanian (dhia=female goat).  Therefore, from Albanian, Amalthea is ‘the milk goat’.

Adamanthea – in some legends it is said that Rhea gave baby Zeus To Adamanthea the nymph. In Albanian this word breaks into (A’-da’-man-thea). ‘A’ is a short form from the Albanian Gheg Dialect of the English verb ‘to be’ third person singular ‘is’. ‘Da’ in the same Gheg dialects has 3 meanings that I know of, ‘divide’ (the original meaning), ‘spread’ (when you spread things you are also dividing from the original portion), and ‘make a decision’/‘decide’(you are dividing the ideas or thoughts and choosing one of them as a decision). In this case ‘da’ translates into ‘decide’. ‘Man’ is the third person singular for the verb ‘keep’, therefore it translates as ‘keeps’. The full meaning of Adamanthea would be ‘is-decided-keeps-goats’. This translation describes someone who keeps goats or takes care of goats, or a goat shepherd.

As a conclusion, Rhea the "biological" mother of Zeus gave him to the nymph Adamanthea or the goat shephard to raise him. Adamanthea used Amalthea the milk goat to feed him. In Albanian ‘i dhisë” translates as ‘of the goat”, which gives meaning to ‘Dhias’, the greek name for Zeus as he was raised with the goats and by the goats, 'of the goat' as in '(the adopted son) of the goat'.
The goat was considered as a sacred animal in ancient times. The root name for 'dhia=female goat' is 'di=know' From a shepherd's perspective the goat provides milk, meat and skin, but it is also stubborn and independent. While sheep would stay with the shepherd, goats need someone stronger and more alert to look over them because it can run up a mountain or a cliff at any moment not to return, so it's an animal that "knows".
During the 15th century the Albanian national hero George Kastrioti (Scanderbeg) kept a helmet with a goat's head during his wars against the Ottoman Empire. Both his helmet and the double-headed eagle flag symbolize the ancient worship of Zeus the Pelasgian:

The Greek language was a Pelasgian/Albanian dialect that developed into an independent language through the centuries.


  1. Albanian is a mix of many languages. It's most ancient component is probably pure Dorain Greek from the remnants of Dorians in South-Western Macedonia.

    1. Noway E1B1B1A1 this is our blood ( ILLYRIAN - PELLASGO )

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  4. Albanians (Illyrians) were the first in Europe. We are the natives. The albanian language existed before greek and 1500 years before even the german language (mix of illyrian, italian, & celtic).

    1. Albanians can't be Illyrians. Term Illyran was an exonym. Next Illyrians were not first in Europe, they spoke IE language and they came afterward. Next, Albanians have South-Euroepan genetics which stems from Africa and Asia, while Illyrians came from north.

    2. You wrong ! Do you know why !? You do not know Albanian...n1. Ylliri or yllirins in plural has mining only in Albanian no other Lenguage mea. New star= Yll i ri or Ylli ri... this no need much explanation eve you can find google n2. What is star ? What mean new star meaning the beganing off our world see Albanians are yllirians and are the starters of this world. New star new erea...please i will ask many pople who like studu history or moithology do not study without learning albanian because you woll look stupid.

  5. Albanians (Illyrians) were the first in Europe. We are the natives. The albanian language existed before greek and 1500 years before even the german language (mix of illyrian, italian, & celtic).




    Same tribes of Pelasgians, and also the same words.

    ILLY - R
    ELLI - N
    A rotation of R / N through Geg and Tosk dialects of Albanian/Pelasgian language
    Today the Gegs call Albania shqipNi
    while the Tosks call it shqipeRi

    So the word is YLLI = THE STAR
    Like the symbol of Alexander the Great.

    Only through Albanian language, the rest languages are just dialects.

    1. The suffix -el is also found in the bible in the name of the angels in the bible. -el, -il, -yl, all mean star. I am writing a book in English about this. Hopefully will be done in a month or so.

    2. True..but not only bible even Torat is more elder is waiting for the star king liberator is calling ell-ia...