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Author Topic: Deities labeled as Romano-Celtic  (Read 5055 times)
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« Reply #1: December 20, 2009, 05:08:49 pm »

According to the FAQ it is the pre-Christian Celts to pay attention to.  Can anyone give me some more information so we can clear this up?

See, here's what I think, YMMV, and of course I don't consider myself as a CR at all.

If someone intends to follow a kind of a 'real' and 'pure' thing, something the 'real' ancestors did or whatever, they forget some tiny little detail:
There is nothing totally homogeneous and straight-lined in history. Where would you put the starting point, where the end point?

People exchanged ideas and deities all the time. Religions, customs, cultures changed, developed and adapted.

From our place in time we can look back and cut out a certain period and call that the 'real' thing.
But its like with the Happy Ends in movies, isn't it? They're just happy ends, because the movie stops there.

See my little example. I like 'celtic', I live in an area with a gaulish-roman past.
My deities seem to be pre-celtic though. So *shrugs* what now?

If one wants to avoid everything christian in his/her path, if that is the main imperative of that path, then yes, you have to focus on the pre-christian things. (And imho get in trouble because that means to ignore everything written down by the monks, no?)
 
If the goal is to get connected to what one feels the right ancestry and culture, I think it's important to pay attention to all the parts in the history of that culture and how it dealt with the influences it came across. Be it roman or christian.

Clear as mud, I know Wink but that's what I think about it.
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