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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lederhosen Pug—Stem Duchy

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[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).

And the Bavarian Way began as a stem duchy back in the mid-sixth century. 

So what the heck is a stem duchy...a Stammesherzogtümer?
[b] Identity RF

Well, a sorting-out of Germanic tribes during those crazy war-torn centuries. They began to take on distinctively regional cultural and linguistic identities as large and small patterns of commerce and exchange continued. These identities were in turn contested, overthrown, re-contested, and even blanketed by larger identities, but the Bavarii started to mold into something that is still distinctive today.

And don't even get me started on today's Bavaria. That is a topic for another day, with several competing "stems" all in one place (and not always happy about it). For now, let's just remember that "Bavaria" (more-or-less) began as a stem duchy.
[c] Molded RF
[Originally posted on July 15, 2014]

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