The "Dark Period" of the Albanians Jul 15, 2009 23:47:05 GMT -5
Post by on Jul 15, 2009 23:47:05 GMT -5
Jul 15, 2009 23:43:22 GMT -5 @insomniac said:
Jul 15, 2009 23:35:42 GMT -5 @terroreign said:The point you're not getting is that 'Albania' is not your name, it's Shqiperia or Shqiperi. And when people in the area called it "Albania" they most likely weren't speaking "Shqip". This is what I'd like to touch upon.
Am i not called Albanian? It says that on my Canadian passport. Shqiperi is only used by locals.
Your question has been answered to death. We started to call ourselves Shqiptar very lately 17th century.
The continuity is there. Foreigners still call us by the name we had during the middle ages. Shqiptar is not a new ethnicity, it is a term solely used by locals for locals.
Albanian is a foreign name, this is because of the fact it knows no meaning in Albanian. Which makes sense that the Albanian people started calling themselves Shqiptari, a word with meaning, that would evoke emotion amongst the people.