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  1. Re: When did Celtic mythology become a pagan pathway in its own right?

    I agree with much of what you have said and you touched on what I think is one of the real problems. I believe there were two things in particular that inhibited the use of Celtic mythology and...
  2. Re: When did Celtic mythology become a pagan pathway in its own right?

    Even if you restrict it to Irish Celtic mythology and beliefs you still have the same lack of inclusion until very recently. They still had beliefs and mythology that was recorded even if altered by...
  3. When did Celtic mythology become a pagan pathway in its own right?

    I noticed that when reading about the development of pagan religions there seems to have been a primary focus on Roman, Greek, and Egyptian mythology and rituals at least in the pathways developed in...
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    Re: Dating of British / Gaelic festivals

    There is evidence that the were aware of the times associated with samhain, imbolc and winter solstice. They were certainly aware of the megalithic structures which identified the times for these...
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    Re: Celtic mythology and history

    Thank you for your help. I am not sure what happened but I appreciate the help. I would like to see any reactions to this post. We live in a prose/written oriented society which was brought to the...
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    Celtic mythology and history

    Celtic geography and mythology are intimately connected. So seems their history to be blended with mythology. The stories we have written by monks for us are unlikely to be so accurate but were they...
  7. Re: Why was the transition from Celtic pagan to Christianity so easily done?

    I cannot argue with that since am not as knowledgeable about the catholic faith but even if the personal relationship comes later there is still the image that god becomes a man - in human form. This...
  8. Re: Why was the transition from Celtic pagan to Christianity so easily done?

    Thank you, not being catholic I heard it was but never experienced it.

    Another factor in the transition may have been the change from the more abstract Gods/Goddesses of the pagan religion to the...
  9. Re: Why was the transition from Celtic pagan to Christianity so easily done?

    Do we know that the Roman Church was held in English in England, Welsh in Wales and Irish in Ireland or was that only related to the Germanic of Charlemagne. I understood from my history of England...
  10. Re: Why was the transition from Celtic pagan to Christianity so easily done?

    One possibility is there may have been little change in the way the majority believed. The main targets were the people of power at least in the beginning and the important aspects of the sacred...
  11. Why was the transition from Celtic pagan to Christianity so easily done?

    People in general are relatively reluctant to give up beliefs they are familiar to adopt a new religion yet from what we know of the transition in Ireland and the British Isles was relatively...
  12. Thread: Anam Cara

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    Anam Cara

    I had just read a book by John O'Donohue Anam Cara A Book of Celtic Wisdom and I was pleasantly surprised to find out he was (he died not to long ago) priest yet gave a beautiful presentation of...
  13. Re: Myths/folklore from oral pagan religions what can we learn from them?

    I would like to correct an error in my first post should read that the Irish think of their history mythologically (not methodologically). If the Celts were not the people who built the hinges or the...
  14. Myths/folklore from oral pagan religions what can we learn from them?

    In western northern Europe the pre-Christian religions had an oral tradition without writing so we have was written initially in Latin my the monks and scholars who for whatever reasons preserved the...
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    Re: The three centres of Paganism

    The three centers of paganism comes from the attempt to find some unity in a religion that was becoming more and more divided as the number of people who considered themselves pagan increased. In its...
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    Re: Are there any surviving ancient Pagan texts?

    As pointed out it varied depending on the group of people you are talking about. The northern European pagan religions which included the Celtic and Germanic people had an oral culture thus the never...
  17. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    Thank you again for that perspective especially since I am not an academic nor have the resources that others do. I appreciate what Hutton did with his work by clearing the air with respect to the...
  18. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    Beautifully put and I would love to read your book about Anglo-Saxon runes. I knew when I posted this there might be misunderstanding about what I feel about Hutton's writings but I wanted to express...
  19. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    Usually dresses cover more than shirts and yes the shirt may now be sleeveless and no collar but it can still have the attributes of a shirt. I have assumed the analogy was in reference to the fact...
  20. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    If you cut up the dress and approximate the material back to make a shirt you have a shirt again. Not identical but enough to wear.
  21. Thread: Spirit guides

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    Re: Spirit guides

    I believe that especially norther pagans were very connected with nature. Whether they had the exact concept of spirit guides they did observe nature and natural events feeling that there was a...
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    Re: Are we taken seriously?

    Paganism's image has suffered from several events problems in its strife to become accepted as a serious religion. Excluding what makes us as an individual choose a religions, there are factors that...
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    Re: Pagan cultural appropriation

    I still say it is not the absorption of new ideas into your current religions because there is so much evidence of that in the past with pagan religions, It is when someone attempts to adopt the...
  24. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    I have read five of Hutton's books and I get a different overall impression. He may discuss fairy lore, wise women, faith healers and pagan survivals but his main emphasis is to correct the...
  25. Re: Does Ronald Hutton give an unbiased view of pagan history?

    I like his books and I think he has contributed much to correcting the misconceptions by bringing readable books to the public. I have had and made me rethink what I would really believe in. The...
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