The features of the mystery traditions of the celts

While it is possible to single out specific texts that can be strongly argued to encapsulate genuine echoes or resonances of the pre-Christian past, opinion is divided as to whether these texts contain substantive material derived from oral tradition as preserved by bards or whether they were the creation of the medieval monastic tradition.

Rhys, it may he observed, believes that Druidism was the religion of the aboriginal inhabitants of Western Europe "from the Baltic to Gibraltar" "Celtic Britain," p. The fundamental conception of magic is that of the spiritual vitality of all nature.

Thus we are compelled to omit entirely one aspect of the Celtic Idealism—that which we have called their faithfulness or loyalty, whether seen in things political or ecclesiastical, that disposition which has prompted them to look up to chieftains and leaders implicitly, asking no questions, and often suffering accordingly when under unwise leadership.

Lugh appears in Irish legend with distinctly solar attributes. In its remote origin it was doubt-less, as many facts appear to show, associated with the cult of the dead, for death was looked upon as the resumption into nature, and as the investment with vague and uncontrollable powers, of a spiritual force formerly embodied in the concrete, limited, manageable, and therefore less awful form of a living human personality.

As the people intone their prayers on the lonely hill-side, literally in the wilderness, the music of their evensong floats over glen and dell, loch and stream, and is echoed from corrie and cliff till it is lost on the soft evening air.

Evidently the art of metallurgy was well practised, and a certain Gaul bears the name of Gobannitio, which can be no other than "Gow" in some form, i. While Classical artists strove to create idealized, almost godlike, representations of the human form, the Celts were dicarding it and placing emphasis on the head alone.

It is on evidence of this kind that historians affirm the people of France to be still largely Celtic George Long will have it, to the extent of ths, which seems an over-estimate, and overlooks the Basque element in Gascony and Aquitainebut in any case we can claim the people of France as illustrating largely the virtues and also the weaknesses of the Celtic character.

In some areas, they still exist, though vestigially; and in other areas, there have been recent attempts at revival as part of the resurgence of interest in the Gaelic language.

They were a symbol of possession or of visitation. Much of the goings-on involve fires and light; processions include a Fire procession, a torch light parade and a Fire Festival.

Across Celtic Europe, many of the constructed temples, which were square in shape and constructed out of wood, were found in rectangular ditched enclosures known as viereckschanzenwhere in cases such as Holzhausen in Bavaria votive offerings were also buried in deep shafts.

I have spoken of these elements as distinct, and we can indeed, distinguish them in thought, but in practice they were inextricably intertwined, and the Druidic organisation pervaded and ordered all.

Chapter II: The Religion of the Celts

These would then be dressed and decorated with shells and flowers. Patrick, himself a Celt, who apostolised Ireland during the fifth century, has left us an autobiographical narrative of his mission, a document of intense interest, and the earliest extant record of British Christianity; but in it he tells us nothing of the doctrines he came to supplant.

Winifred in Holywell, North Wales, but in Scotland there are many wells that, like the one at Holywell, were converted into places of Christian worship from their pagan, Celtic origins.

Thus the Irish chieftain, Mongan, who is an historical personage, and whose death is recorded about A. They are usually wedge-shaped in plan, and traces of a porch or vestibule can often be noticed. It measures about feet across, [69] at its greatest diameter, and is about 44 feet in height.

Lying scattered around him, his traditionally Celtic sword and horn have been forgotten. When the flames were finally damped down, a solemn ritual accompanied the "smooring" smothering of the peat which would stay barely lit until morning. Some, like the Lindow Manmay have gone to their deaths willingly.

Celtic religion was polytheisticbelieving in many deities, both gods and goddesses, some of which were venerated only in a small, local area, but others whose worship had a wider geographical distribution.

Celtic polytheism

It was the vessel in which the Sun-god performed his journeys; in particular, the journey which he made nightly to the shores of the Other-world, bearing with him in his bark the souls of the beatified dead.

These, according to Gibbon, are the only races who had a national faith against which the Romans made war, not on political grounds, but as a religious belief.

Easter Sunday Di-Domhnuich-caisg, Easter Sunday, was a very special day, for this day all the food so carefully saved for so long, the eggs, milk, meal or flour was made into pancakes a food that could be totally consumed without waste.

It is here, too, that we still find the villagers meeting together to sing their ancient songs and spend the long, dark winter nights in the tigh-cheilidh meeting-house or house ef entertanment under the spell of the seanachadh, the teller of tales.

Starting in the fifth century and continuing until the coming of the Romans, Celtic art came into its own, distinguished by certain typical characteristics.

He differs from classical representations of Celtic warriors in that he is not depicted nude. North-Atlantidthe latter of which is probably present at a low level in the Keltic Nordid population as a whole.

The rich had doubtless large tracts. Origin of the Megalithic People The language originally spoken by this people can only be conjectured by the traces of it left in that of their conquerors, the Celts.

The circles are the standing Stones, fosses, and ramparts which often surrounded it; and the line or duct drawn from the centre outwards represents the subterranean approach to the sepulchre.The Mystery of the Grail; Inner Traditions.

On Sale Date He demonstrates how the main features of the legend are from an older tradition analogous to the. The Traditions of the Northern Celts and one of the richest features of the Gaelic folk tradition is Early traditions have the festival begun by Lugh to.

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The features of the mystery traditions of the celts
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