Celtic

his is a brief overview of the Celts and their spiritual beliefs.  Most people think of Ireland when they hear the word “Celtic”.  However, the Celts were groups of tribal people who inhabited not only Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England but also Europe and Asia Minor.  They had complex and varied groups of societies and religious customs which varied widely from group to group.

Because the ancient Celts did not leave many written records, much of our knowledge comes from second hand sources.  These include the writings of Greek and Roman observers and Christian sources.  These sources brought their own understandings, beliefs, prejudices and explanations to the information they provided.  Seen as “barbarians” by many of these of observers, the Celts were fierce warriors.  They were known as “quarrelsome”, “high-spirited” “proud” and “insolent” by some of their observers.  This they may have been, but they were also highly skilled artisans, miners, builders, farmers and merchants.

Much of their knowledge was passed down through the oral tradition …

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