Celtic History, Lore, Fact & Fun

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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.


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

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

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The Morriganby Jennifer Emick 3 Replies

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Aonghus.

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

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TUATHA DE DANAAN by Knight-Grandmaster de Paul 3 Replies

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

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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

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The Druid Alphabet by Christine Narducci

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The Celts 1 Reply

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Brighid - Hearth Goddess of Ireland By Patti Wigington

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The Keltoi...the Druidic Legacy:

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Danu

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Druids. Celts by Teths Place 1 Reply

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Cauldron Lore by Chris Power

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

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Goddess Danu

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Celtic Shamanism - FAQ

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The Triple Goddess of the Celts By: Mary jones

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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 January 29, 2014 at 6:05pm

ANGUS OF THE BRUGH also OENGUS OF THE BRUGH --- GOD OF YOUTH SON OF THE DAGDA. IN IRELAND ANGUS IS THE COUNTERPART OF CUPID. ANGUS KISSES TURN INTO SINGING BIRDS AND THE MUSIC HE PLAYS IRRESISTABLY DRAWS ALL WHO HEAR.


HAVE A BLESSED AND MAGICKA DAY:
DAN THE OLDE ONE
KEPPER OF MYTHS, LEGENDS AND THE OLDE WAYS

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

BADB --- A GODDESS OF WAR. ONE OF A TRIAD OF WAR GODDESSES KNOWN COLLECTIVELY AS THE MORRIGAN. BIRD SHAPED AND CRIMSON MOUTHED, BADB USES MAGICK TO DECIDE BATTLES . BADB LUSTS AFTERMEN AND IS OFTEN SEEN AT FORD WASHING THE ARMOR AND WEAPONS OF MEN ABOUT TO DIE IN COMBAT.


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

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 26, 2014 at 1:49pm

Cerridwen is the Celtic goddess of knowledge, transformation and rebirth. The Awen, cauldron of poetic inspiration, is her main symbol. In part of Welsh legend, she brews a potion to give to her son Morfran. She puts Gwion in charge of guarding the cauldron. Three drops of the brew fall upon his finger, blessing him with the knowledge held within. Cerridwen pursues him until, as a hen, she swallows him. Nine months later, she gives birth to Taliesen, the greatest of Welsh poets..... Mooncat xx

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 24, 2014 at 10:03am
Celtic Druids & The Delphic Legacy:

(Pictured: Trophonius...The 'Buider' of Delphi...Trophonius (the Latinate spelling) or Trophonios (the transliterated Greek spelling of Τροφώνιος) was a Greek hero or daimon or god—it was never certain which one—with a rich mythological tradition and an oracular cult at Lebadaea in Boeotia.)

Druids and Celts

“Druids” (Celtic: Knowing (finding the Oak Tree)

***Druids were considered as members of the learned class among the ancient Celts. They seem to have frequented oak forests and acted as priests, teachers and judges. The earliest known records of the Druids come from the 3rd century BC.***...cont'd @...
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How We know about Celtic Mythology

Celtic myths, especially those concerning the Irish cycles, were preserved through oral tradition. Mainly composed by Bards, who recited the stories, in their entirety, as verses. The Irish sagas were not recorded until the twelfth century AD. They were predominately written down by Monastical scholars and guided by the church.

These tales were written down in two main manuscripts: 'The Book of Leinster' and the 'Book of the Dun Cow'. Both were a collection of hundreds of stories about the Ulaid Cycle and Fenian Cycle. Another manuscript which deserves mentioning, is the 'Yellow Book of Lecan' written in the 14th century, this also contains a large amount of stories. The Colloquy of the Ancients can be found in a Scottish manuscript, called the' Book of the Dean of Lismore', written in the 16th century.

As time went on, more stories were added to the Celtic myths, especially in the 16th and 17th century. The most interesting work was that of a Scottish poet named James Macpherson (1736-1796), . He caused a lot controversy, when he claimed that the work he recorded was from Oisín, a 3rd century AD, Warrior poet. It was discovered that much of his work were really his own invention!

The Irish writer,William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) also contributed to the Irish Myths . Yeats and MacPhearson, were responsible for renewing people's interests in Celtic myths and Legends . His work also influenced the Romantic movements in art, as well as in literature.

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