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Steven Keith ---

I am a Scotsman, from the north east of that mystical land although I have spent all of my adult life in the Indian Himalaya, further educating myself and being guided by the myriad perspectives offered to one who is fortunate enough to make such an ancient and meaningful country, home.

I am an alumni of the University of Stirling, a place and people that I look back upon with fond memories; the view from my former hall of residence is not dissimilar to the one that I wake up to these days. Family life is the only significant difference from those experiential times, now two decades into history! The study has remained a constant, and the family has given perspective. Other than writing, I paint, usually acrylics on canvas and continue to redecorate the cottage that I designed and built using traditional methods and materials and with the fundamental spirit of the local architecture at the forefront of my thinking.

With regards to ‘Horses, Cows…’ I’d like to thank Mr Subodh Mishra and Miss Aparajita Singh for their wise contributions and to Dr Manfred Mueller and Mr M. Kirkbright for their learned linguistics that helped with ‘Names from the East’.

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Picts, Gaels, and Scots: Exploring their Mysterious (and Sometimes Mythical) Origins

Picts, Gaels, and Scots: Exploring their Mysterious (and Sometimes Mythical) Origins

When the tribe of Chatti arrived in Scotland at the beginning of the Christian era and became the embryonic clan Keith, they assimilated with the people known to us by their Roman name, the Picts...
Silhouette of a person under an arch. (CC0)  Background: DNA.

Twelve Degrees of Separation: Do Human Haplogroups Lead Us to Adam or Perhaps the Adityas?

From the creation of Adam, until the birth of Noah (as a significant proportion of the world believes), there are eleven generations of his line; Adam, Cain and his brother Abel, Seth, Enosh, Cainain...
A Pazyryk horseman from the Asian steppe in a felt painting from a burial around 300 BC. (Public Domain). Krishna with cow. (CC BY 2.0) Hathor as a cow, Papyrus of Ani (Public Domain)

Horses, Cows and Celestial Creatures at the Dawn of Civilizations

When I think of the Aryans of the ancient times, I think of Central Asia, the steppe, a horse culture that could enable their language, Sanskrit to spread, at a gallop, so to speak, westward and...
Left: Pictish warrior (public domain) Right: Scythian Warrior with Axe, Bow, and Spear.

Piecing Together the Origins of Ancient Near East Names in Scotland

Thinking of Scotland, as I do from the somewhat similar mountains of northern India, which has been my home for nigh on twenty years, I do so from a rather Indian perspective; I think of families,...