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Celtic History, Lore, Fact & Fun

Come learn the Celts history added with music, lore and much more.

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We now leave the mild climate of the ancient Aegean, and the cold, forbidding regions of the North.

Here, we enter the lush, green land, shrouded in mists of magic and wonders. The land is young yet ancient; beautiful yet intriguing; and something quite magical.

We meet people who are fair and noble. Yet when aroused into battle, these people can easily become savage. One can lose their head, quite literally, at the end of the swords.

Though Celtic myths were not written until eleventh century AD, after the Vikings were driven out of Ireland, their sources, mostly oral traditions, were quite old. Even ancient.

Many of the myths that come to us, come mainly from Ireland and Wales. Celtic myths also included those from Scotland, Cornwall and Brittany (in France). We have to thank the Welsh myths, and to a lesser degree to the Irish, for the legends of King Arthur. While the medieval romance of Tristan and Isolde originated in Brittany, it gained popularity in Continental Europe and the British Isles.

Though Celtic literature didn't appear until the Middle Age, Celtic people and their religions existed during the time of ancient Rome. For more information on the Celtic people and their history and myths, feel free to readwithn here of them.

It is generally believed that there were seven separate, but historically related Celtic nations, all of which were connected to one another by common culture. Many of these nations are the resulting settlements of the Celtic tribes from early Proto-Indo-European history, Black Sea Circa. Celtic tribes have been known to venture out on vast nomadic migrations covering almost all of both eastern and western Europe. Seemingly always in pursuit of a better settlement and attempting to move away from tribal rivalry, war, famine, disease, etc. There are 14 major Celtic tribes, which have been given reference to by various Roman writers. Listedbelow are the seven most agreed upon Celtic Nations and the fourteen most predominant tribes. The 7 Celtic Nations Alba, which is now Scotland Breizh, which is now Brittany Cymru, which is now Wales Eire, which is Ireland in Old Irish Gaelic Galatia, which is now Spain, and France Kernow, which is Cornwall Mannin, is the Isle of Man The 14 most predominant Celtic tribes of note are: Aedui, Averni, Boii, Brigantes, Durotriges, Eravisci, Helvetii, Iceni, Nervii, Parisii, Scordisci, Trinovantes, Venetii, and Volcae.


Discussion Forum

Red Lion (ie Gryphon) Rampant...Standard of Scotland:

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 17, 2014.

Pictish Carved Symbol Stones Reveal Iron Age Written Language by Val Williamson, PhD 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 17, 2014.

The Morriganby Jennifer Emick 3 Replies

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Aonghus.

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 10, 2014.

St. Michael and Belanus (Belanos)...The Celtic Sun-God:

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 8, 2014.

TUATHA DE DANAAN by Knight-Grandmaster de Paul 3 Replies

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Something for our Druids :) by Betuel-Lilith Sairalindë Elanessë

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 29, 2014.

Celtic Christianity and Divination by Bre Geier

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 26, 2014.

Celtic Folklore Regarding Plants & Herbs by Bre Geier

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 25, 2014.

The Druid Alphabet by Christine Narducci

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 23, 2014.

The Celts 1 Reply

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Brighid - Hearth Goddess of Ireland By Patti Wigington

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 19, 2014.

The Keltoi...the Druidic Legacy:

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 17, 2014.

Danu

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 17, 2014.

Druids. Celts by Teths Place 1 Reply

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Cauldron Lore by Chris Power

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 14, 2014.

The African Roots of The Celtish Clans # 1 – The Black Kings of Scotland

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 12, 2014.

Goddess Danu

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 12, 2014.

Celtic Shamanism - FAQ

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 11, 2014.

The Triple Goddess of the Celts By: Mary jones

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 9, 2014.

Celtic Myth Podshow Bringing the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts to your Fireside. The Celtic Myth Podshow will tell you ancient tales and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany bringing you the bravery of heroes and heroines, the magnificent pantheon of gods and goddesses and the magic and wonder of druids, faeries and folklore. It weaves together the rich, beautiful tapestry of mythological history, battles and sagas of the Celts.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 7, 2014 at 8:30am

Celtic Identity

Aine, Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, and is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture.

In early tales she is associated with the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, who is said to have raped her, an affair ending in Áine biting off his ear, hence the name Aulom "one-eared". By Old Irish law, only an "unblemished" person can rule; by maiming him this way, Áine rendered him unfit to be king. As an embodiment of sovereignty, she can both grant and remove a man's power to rule. The descendants of Aulom, the Eóganachta, claim Áine as an ancestor.

In Christian times she became a fairy queen.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 6, 2014 at 12:10pm

The History of Wales

Early rulers of the Kingdom of Gwynedd.

c. 520–c. 547 - Maelgwn Hir ap cadwallon (Maelgwn the Tall) also known as Maelgwyn Gwynedd - The history of Brythonic Gwynedd begins with the conquest of the Irish Gaelic peoples of northern Wales by Maelgwn's great-grandfather Cunedda, with the conquest finally completed by Maelgwn's father Cadwallon.

Maelgwn was the first king to enjoy the fruits of his family's conquest and he is considered the founder of the medieval kingdom's royal family. By tradition, his royal court (llys) was located at Deganwy, in the Creuddyn peninsula of Rhos. Tradition also holds that he died of the 'Yellow Plague' of Rhos at nearby Llanrhos, and was buried there. Other traditions say that he was buried at Ynys Seiriol (Puffin Island, off Anglesey).

The evidence suggests that he held a pre-eminent position among the kings in Wales and in the parts of northern Britain known as Yr Hen Gogledd (The Old North). Maelgwn was a generous supporter of Christianity, he made donations to support Saints Brynach in Dyfed, Cadoc in Gwynllwg, Cybi in Anglesey, Padarn in Ceredigion, and Tydecho in Powys. The fact that these donations are not restricted to the Kingdom of Gwynedd implies that Maelgwn had a responsibility to those regions beyond the responsibilities of a king to his own kingdom. He is also associated with the foundation of Bangor.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 6, 2014 at 11:52am

Oberon the Green Witch

MYRRDIN

Myrrdin ( pronounced Myrthin) is a Celtic magical being a sorcerer, Druidic Wizard and a magician who appears in the Mabinogian as Math the trickster God, in later stories he becomes Merlin the Wizard at the Court of King Arthur .
But in the Mabinogian he is a Welsh druidic priest of the old religion as well as a great magician, tradition has it that he learnt his magic from the Goddess in her forms of the
Morrigan, Viviane, Nimue, and the lady of the lake (the Goddess Sulies), he was trapped
In a crystal cave by Morgan Le Fae and is still there to this day.
© Oberon the Green Witch
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Oberon

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 5, 2014 at 5:29pm

 

Cú Chulainn , which means ‘Culann's Hound,’ is an Ulster mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle. There are several versions of his origin. The most popular, though not the oldest, record that Cú Chulainn was the son of the god Lugh and Deichtine, who was the sister of Conchúr mac Nessa. Cú Chulainn’s birth name was Sétanta.

He gained the name Cú Chulainn as a child after he killed Culann's fierce guard dog in self-defence. He offered to take the guard dog’s place until a replacement could be reared. In modern English Cú Chulainn is sometimes called ‘the Hound of Ulster.’

At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht. His exploits are including in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, which means ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley.’ He fought from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg, and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dubh Sainglenn.

Book: The Tain: From the Irish Epic "Tain Bo Cuailnge", Thomas Kinsella.

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Artwork by http://www.hireanillustrator.com/i/portfolio/jeff-jacklin/#cu-chulainn-irish-mythic-hero-2010-jeff-jacklin
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 4, 2014 at 7:08pm

DIAN CECHT --- A HEALER. AT THE SECOND BATTLE OF MOYTURN, DIANCECHT MURDERED HIS OWN SON WHOSE SKILLS IN HEALING ENDANGERED HIS FATHERS REPUTATION. THE JUDGEMENTS OF DIAN CECHT , AN ANCIENT IRISH LEGAL TRACT, LAYS DOWN THE OBLIGATIONS TO THE ILL AND INJURED. AN AGRESSOR MUST PAY FOR THE CURING ANYONE HE HAS INJURED, AND THE SEVERITY OF ANY WOUND EVEN THE SMALLEST IS MEASURED IN GRAINS OF CORN.


HAVE A BLESSED AND MAGICKAL DAY:
DAN THE OLDE ONE
KEEPER OF MYTHS LEGRNDS AND THE OLDE WAYS

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 4, 2014 at 7:03pm

The Tuatha de Danaan...Apollo...and, Lugh:

(Pictured: Statuette of Lugh, the Warrior-King of the Tuatha de Danaan, and 'Son of the Sun')

Lug [ie. Lugh]the Tuatha is called Son of the Sun. Apollo the Greek bears the same title - in fact, he has so much in common with Lug that many mythologists equate them - although they belong to two separate traditions, Lug and Apollo seem to be only one.

Interestingly, other antique gods or demigods received the title of Son of the Sun. In Egypt, the exact title was Son of Re Atum. The pharaohs of the early dynasties were also called Son of the Sun.


We know that Lug was the son of Cian the Tuatha and Ethniu the Fomoire, daughter of Balor. It is enough to conclude that the epithet Son of the Sun was a title, with all the appearance of a sacred distinction.

Lugh or Lug is an Irish deity represented in mythological texts as a hero and High King of the distant past. He is known by the epithets Lámhfhada ("long arm" or "long hand"), for his skill with a spear or sling, Ildánach ("Many skilled in arts"), Samhildánach ("Equally skilled in Many arts"), Lonnbeimnech ("fierce striker" or Perhaps "sword-shouter") and Macnia ("boy hero"), and by the matronymic Ethlenn mac gold mac Ethnenn ("son of Ethliu Ethniu gold"). He is a reflex of the Celtic god Lugus Pan, and his Welsh counterpart is Lleu Llaw Gyffes, "The Bright One with the Srong Hand."
(credit eden-saga.com)

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 4, 2014 at 6:33pm

DIS PATER ---ORIGINALLY A GOD OF DEATH AND THE UNDERWORLD, LATER THE CHEIF GOD OF THE GAULS. THE GAULS BELIEVED AS THEIR DRUIDS TAUGHT, THAT DIS PATER IS THE ANCESTOR OF ALL THE GAULS.


HAVE A BLESSED AD MAGICKAL DAY:
DAN THE OLDE ONE
KEEPER OF MYTHS, LEGENDS AND THE OLDE WAYS

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 4, 2014 at 2:28pm

Håkon Haraldsson

The people of Ireland were so fond of the story of Lir's Children
that they made a law that no one was to hurt a wild swan,
and when they saw a swan flying they would say:

"My blessing with you, white swan, for the sake of Lir's Children!"

Curious?? Read the tale here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cwt/cwt12.htm

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 2, 2014 at 8:54pm
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 2, 2014 at 8:51pm

Cultura Pagã - (Pagan Culture)

In 1585, Jacques le Moyne de Morgues did a painting called A Young Daughter of the Picts. It shows a naked woman holding a lance, with sword and scabbard slung around her hips. Wavy blonde hair cascades down her back. She is about as militaristic as a buttercup: one foot is tucked demurely behind the other, the hand on the lance looks as though it’s holding porcelain, her body is soft, her pale face devoid of expression. Her skin is entirely decorated with flowers, flat and delicate as wallpaper.

Although he had been an artist on one of the first French expeditions to the Americas, de Morgues wasn’t trying to capture a Pict woman with ethnographic verisimilitude. The Picts (Picti – “painted people”) were a notoriously fierce pre-Celtic tribe from what is now known as Scotland but anybody could see this flowered blonde didn’t go to war or govern alongside her men. And Pictish tattoos were done with woad and so were monochromatic. De Morgues’s benign maiden obeyed Christian ideals of the time yet his exposure to the tattooed indigenes of Florida clearly alerted him to this tradition once common in Europe and now relegated to the margins.

 
 
 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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