Theses  on  Celtic  Religion 2

difficulties in the state of the sources

our prejudicial denotations

animistic component

fairy tales and legends as legitimate sources

shamanism and druidism

the stratum of divinities


polarity Death / Mothers

changes in material existence

Mabon vab Genoveva

interface of Death and Mothers

isolated themes 

the realities of the world 





What really prevent us from understanding Celtic mythology are our prejudicial deno­tations by which we approach its remnants.

By applying the words God, Divinities, Priest, etc we always apply our own ideas and con­cepts to the remnants of Celtic antiquity, and we construct similarities. We find those simi­larities conformed for Celtic peoples under roman influence. But in face of the pre-roman era or of any lack of congruency and in face of any contradiction, we are left unanswered. Some gods lend themselves to be equalled to roman or  Indo-European deities; but what about the other ones, what about the hundreds of local divinities – are there any gods recognized by "all" Celtic peoples?

Contradictions and incongruities are however more easily explained, if we recognize Celtic religion as being heterogeneous in itself.

In Celtic religion of pre-Roman times and the era before Anglo-Saxon or Scan­dinavian invasions, there are to be kept apart a stratum kin to animism and a stratum of belief in personal divinities.


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