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  The  Celts - Celtic Religion, Celtic facts, Celtic history and culture
Cornish aside, the last attested Celtic language native to England was Cumbric, spoken in Cumbria and southern Scotland and which may have survived until the 13th century, but was most likely dead by the eleventh.
A century later the defeat of the combined Samnite, Celtic and Etruscan alliance by the Romans in the Third Samnite War sounded the end of the Celtic domination in Europe, but it was not until 192 BC that the Roman armies conquered the last remaining independent Celtic kingdoms in Italy.
Celtic traders were also in contact with the Phoenicians: gold works made in pre-Roman Ireland have been unearthed in archaeological digs in Palestine and trade routes between Atlantic societies and Palestine dating back to at least 1600 BC.
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  ooBdoo
Traces of a Celtic language endure in personal and place names, while Asturias is sometimes considered to be a modern Celtic nation based on the survival of Celtic traditions similar to the traditions of other Celtic nations; however, no Celtic language has survived in either.
The Celtic language family is a branch of the larger Indo-European family, which leads some scholars to a hypothesis that the original speakers of the Celtic proto-language may have arisen in the Pontic-Caspian steppes (see Kurgan).
A century later the defeat of the combined Samnite, Celtic and Etruscan alliance by the Romans in the Third Samnite War sounded the end of the Celtic domination in Europe, but it was not until 192 BC that the Roman armies conquered the last remaining independent Celtic kingdoms in Italy.
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 Celts - Crystalinks
The Celtic language family is a branch of the larger Indo-European family, which leads some scholars to a hypothesis that the original speakers of the Celtic proto-language may have arisen in the Pontic-Caspian steppes.
Stonehenge and the other megalithic monuments long predate the Iron Age Celtic culture, but Genetic evidence indicates that the Celtic populations of the Atlantic Archipelago have been relatively stable for at least 6,000 years, in which case the modern Celts would be the direct descendants of their builders.
Elsewhere, the Celtic populations were assimilated by others, leaving behind them only a legend and a number of place names such as Bohemia, after the Boii tribe which once lived there, or the Kingdom of Belgium, after the Belgae, a Celtic tribe of Northern Gaul and south-eastern England.
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 Celts 2 - Crystalinks
Ancient Celtic philosophy believed that existence arose from the interplay between darkness and light, night and day, cold and warmth, death and life, and that the passage of years was the alternation of dark periods (winter, beginning November 1) and light periods (summer, starting May 1).
Celtic mythology is the mythology of Celtic polytheism, the apparent religion of the Iron Age Celts.
Lug is described in the Celtic myths as a latecomer to the list of deities, and is usually described as having the appearance of a young man. His weapons were the throwing-spear and sling, and in Ireland a festival called the Lughnasa (Modern Irish lúnasa) was held in his honor.
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 The Role Of Goddesses And Women In Celtic Society. - Ancient Roman Empire Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The Celtic society was matriarchal from the beginning and ancient Celts held sacred their goddesses.
Many of the gods and spirits of the Celtic world were represented with bird and animal manefestations, and birds of every kind wing their way through the divine world of the Celts.
Celtic women therefore could achieve high positions in society, a standing which women did not enjoy in the culture of the Romans or Greeks and such as women did not have in the majority of other contemporary European societies.
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 YourArt.com >> Encyclopedia >> Celt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
In other words, Celtic culture in the Atlantic Archipelago and continental Europe could have emerged through the peaceful convergence of local tribal cultures bound together by networks of trade and kinship — not by war and conquest.
He argues that the ancient Celts are thus best depicted as a loose and highly diverse collection of indigenous tribal societies bound together by trade, a common druidic religion, and similar political institutions — but each having its own local language and traditions.
This brought the early medieval renaissance of Celtic art between 390{{citation needed}} and 1200, developing many of the styles now thought of as typically Celtic, and found through much of Ireland and Britain, including the north-east and far north of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
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 Celtic Callings - Religions
Celtic -also spelled Kelt, Latin Celta, plural Celtae a member of an early Indo-European people who from the 2nd millennium BC to the 1st century BC spread over much of Europe.
It is derived from the Latin pagus, whence pagani (i.
Celtic Wicca The use of a Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones.
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 New Tara
'Celtic' music, art, and other non-verbal forms are of course also part of this secondary definition and are may not be dependant on language for their value and form, but it is still by their relationship to, or emergence from, 'Celtic' speaking cultures that they received that designation to begin with.
Celtic Paganism: Any tradition, denomination, or body of spiritual practice which is primarily derived from, or inspired by, the polytheistic beliefs and practices which existed in Celtic culture before Christianity, and survived (though not unaltered) in Celtic folk ways.
Celtic Traditionalism: This is a path which aspires to live life by embracing living Celtic cultures and their current traditions.
www.newtara.org /newtara_glossary.asp   (7721 words)

  
 Celt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The term "Celt" or "Celtic" can be used in several senses: it can denote a group of peoples who speak or descend from speakers of Celtic languages; or the people of prehistoric and early historic Europe who share common cultural traits which are thought to have originated in the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures.
Galicia is also considered a Celtic nation as gaelic language still survives in people and places names, while Asturias sometimes is considered to be modern Celtic nations based on the survival of Celtic traditions similar to the traditions of other Celtic nations, however, the Celtic language has not survived in either.
Celtic traders were also in contact with the Phoenicians: gold works made in Pre-Roman Ireland have been unearthed in archeological digs in Palestine, and trade routes between the Celtic nations and Palestine date back to at least 1600 BC.
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 Celtic polytheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Celtic polytheism refers to the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Celts.
Celtic religious practices bear the marks of Romanization in the wake of the Roman conquest of Gaul (58–51 BC) and Roman Britain (AD 43), although the depth and significance of Romanization is a subject of scholarly disagreement.
As women held a place of high esteem in Celtic society, this was probably performed as a ritual to ensure the fertility of crops during the festivals of Beltane and Lughnasadh.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Celtic_polytheism   (4351 words)

  
 The Druids
There are Celtic myths regarding the rebirth of gods and heroes, but the eschatological teaching was apparently this, that the soul was clothed with a body in the other-world.
Connoting this with the influence of the Roman Church in Celtic regions and the power of the Protestant minister in the Highlands and in Wales, some have thought that there is an innate tendency in the Celt to be priest-ridden.
Celtic religion was Romanised, and if the Druids retained priestly functions, it could only be by their becoming Romanised also.
www.worldspirituality.org /the-druids.html   (5076 words)

  
 The Celtic Thing
Polytheism has always had a strong appeal to me since discovering the various Pagan paths.) I'm not a Celtic Witch.
Celtic Wicca works for some, and if it works for you, be my guest.
With Celtic spirituality, we can be assured that there was a variety of experiences, depending on place and time.
www.candledark.net /silver/thecelticthing.html   (1692 words)

  
 Polytheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A goddess is unlikely to be, for instance, simply a 'goddess of grain' or a 'goddess of weaving', although she may have particular interest in these areas, just as a human musician is also a member of a family and a community, visiting shops and participating in political debates.
The pre-Christian culture of Europe, and indeed many cultures around the world, have been and in many cases remain polytheistic, and polytheism is reviving in popularity in the West, often accompanied by a return to old texts and recreation of the rituals and way of life they describe.
Soft polytheism means that the person practicing a polytheistic religion believes that their gods are aspects of another god or goddess.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Polytheism   (2027 words)

  
 Polytheism - SkepticWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Some polytheists distinguish between “strong” and “weak” polytheism, with a “weak” polytheist believing that the gods are separate aspects of one God.
Clarke’s law states that any sufficiently advanced technology resembles magic: the obvious converse is that that any fable of sufficiently advanced magic will resemble an account of advanced technology: but this is not a good reason to suppose that the myths are true.
The polytheism of the classical world was eventually swept away by the monotheism of Christianity; many of its temples were converted into churches.
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 Celtic mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lug is described in the Celtic myths as a latecomer to the list of deities, and is usually described as having the appearance of a young man. His weapons were the throwing-spear and sling, and in Ireland a festival called the Lughnasa (Modern Irish lúnasa) was held in his honour.
According to the Syrian rhetorician Lucian, Ogmios was supposed to lead a band of men chained by their ears to his tongue as a symbol of the strength of his eloquence.
The concept of the Celtic pantheon as a large number of local deities is gainsaid by certain well-testified gods whose cults seem to have been followed across the Celtic world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Celtic_mythology   (2052 words)

  
 Deiuokara - Reverence of the Divine - Celtic Polytheism
And finally, if you have a racial agenda you associate with developing a Celtic spiritual path, you are definitely in the wrong place, as our path has nothing to do with race and everything to do with culture.
We struggle with our Anglo worldview as we attempt to apprentice the Celtic cultures themselves, learn their languages, and try to develop a Celtic way of viewing the world as we live our American everyday lives.
Because of these beliefs, we put great worth on the input of those who are actual apprentices or natives of Celtic culture, who have learned the languages and the mythos while developing a Celtic worldview.
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 World Mythology: Celtic Mythology: Main Menu
Celtic Mythology is another general all-encompasing term that actually covers many different areas.
Celtic mythology is the mythology of Celtic polytheism, apparently the religion of the Iron Age Celts.
However, from what has survived of Celtic mythology, it is possible to discern commonalities which hint at a more unified pantheon than is often given credit.
www.gods-heros-myth.com /cmain.html   (306 words)

  
 Celtic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Celtic music, referring to folk music that originated from "Celtic" cultures.
Celtic art, cultural art that avoids straight lines and only occasionally uses symmetry, or knotwork that is typically recognizable by interlocking lines and figures
Celtic Congress Seeks to promote the Celtic languages in the Celtic nations.
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 Druid - The Mind-N-Magick Paganpedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
In Celtic polytheism the word Druid denotes the priestly class in ancient Celtic societies, which existed through much of Western Europe north of the Alps and in the British Isles.
The word Druid (reconstructed as *druwis or *druwids in Old Celtic) is probably derived from Indo-European roots meaning "oak/strong" and "knowledge," although some believe that it may be pre-Indo-European.
Diodorus asserts, on unnamed sources, that a sacrifice acceptable to the Celtic gods had to be attended by a Druid, for they were the intermediaries.
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 Celtic polytheism
From what little we know of late Druidic practice, it appears deeply traditional and conservative, in the sense that Druids were conserving repositories of culture and lore.
Egyptian deities are often portrayed as having animal heads in art; as an example, Anubis is often portrayed in statuary as having the body of a human, but the head of a canine.
The first literary reference to the Celtic people, as keltoi or hidden people, is by the Greek historian Hecataeus in 517 BC.
www.experiencefestival.com /celtic_polytheism/page/4   (535 words)

  
 Spiral Nature - Spirituality - Druidry - Henge of Keltria
In the cultural context of the ancient Celtic people, sacrifice may have been the best possible treatment for these people.
Explain some aspects of Celtic belief that you emulate in your modern practices.
We have adopted the use of many Celtic Dieties that we know about through the study of mythology.
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 Deiuokara - Reverence of the Divine - Celtic Polytheism
And finally, if you have a racial agenda you associate with developing a Celtic spiritual path, you are definitely in the wrong place, as our path has nothing to do with race and everything to do with culture.
Because of these beliefs, we put great worth on the input of those who are actual apprentices or natives of Celtic culture, who have learned the languages and the mythos while developing a Celtic worldview.
We are especially grateful and thankful to Celtic scholars such as Alexei Kondratiev and Dr. Michael Newton who have given so much so freely of their time, knowledge and worldview to help us come to a better understanding of Celtic culture, its language and its traditions.
www.celticnationusa.com /index.html   (849 words)

  
 YourArt.com >> Encyclopedia >> Latis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
In ancient Celtic polytheism, Latis is the name of two Celtic deities worshipped in Roman Britain.
One is a goddess (Dea Latis), the other a god (Deus Latis), and they are both known from a single inscription each.
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales.
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We explore its ancient Celtic origins, mysteries, and other facets of Breton history, as well as the power and influence of the omnipresent sea on Breton character.
University professors and professionals discuss Neolithic society between 5,000-2,000 BC and the history of Celtic immigration up to the Gallo-Roman period, when this land was known as Armorica.
Lectures delve into these legends of King Arthur, the relationship between Celtic legends and contemporary Brittany, and the extraordinary abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, which we explore during a field trip.
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 Druid - Alternative medicine - Alternative medicine
In Celtic polytheism the word Druid denotes the priestly class in ancient CeltsCeltic societies, which existed through much of Western Europe north of the Alps and in the British Isles.
Diodorus asserts, on unnamed souces, that a sacrifice acceptable to the Celtic gods had to be attended by a Druid, for they were the intermediaries.
Fragments of a Celtic calendarDruidic Lunar Calendar may be preserved in the Coligny calendar, fragments of a calendar engraved on a bronze tablet, discovered in 1897.
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