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Author Topic: Celtic Recon and Celtic Polytheism  (Read 8033 times)
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« Reply #8: July 12, 2010, 01:13:04 pm »

Yes.

Just to reiterate what Star and Darkhawk said, while Celtic Recons do attempt to worship the ancient Celtic gods with practices that are as close as possible to the ways in which the Iron or Bronze Age Celts worshiped them, it's almost impossible to do that.  The ancient Celts did not write much down.  They preferred to transfer knowledge in spoken form -- through poems, songs, stories, etc.  

In some other cultural reconstructionisms, like Hellenic (Greek), a lot of information about the religion was written down and survives.  So those recons have a lot of info on which to base their practices.  They still have to make adaptations, though for various reasons.  For example, our current society frowns on animal or human sacrifice.  So someone reconstructing an ancient religion that included that kind of sacrifice would have to find another way to meet that need.

Since we know very little for sure about how the Celts worshiped (or did anything else, really), CRs have to rely on other kinds of information to sort of fill in the gaps.  So they look at how other, closely related cultures did things.  They look at info written by people who were alive in the same time period but who were from a different culture.  They look at archeological clues.  Things like that.

I just wanted to flesh out a little more what the challenges are to Celtic Reconstructionism, so you'd have a better idea of what people are doing.

Again, I strongly recommend that you read the CR FAQ.  It's very good at explaining what CR is and what CRs do.  It will help you understand if you want to explore a recon approach.  Even if you decide you don't, the reading list at the end of the FAQ is very comprehensive and will give you some idea of the kinds of reading you might want to do to learn more about the Celtic god/desses.

Also, there are a number of people working on Celtic paths of various kinds here at TC.  So if you have more specific questions, we'll try to answer them.  Be aware that we approach Celtic polytheism in a variety of ways, though.  There are people here who are strict recons, Celtic Wiccans, etc.  Each has a different perspective.  As I mentioned in the other thread, I'm not a strict recon.  My "practice" is completely focused on Brighid.  I believe in the other god/desses, but don't actively worship them.  Other people do honor more than one god/dess, or the entire pantheon.

You'll have to figure out what works for you.  We can help you with some of your questions, but you'll still need to do a fair bit of research and thinking to work it all out for yourself.

I hope this makes some sense.   Cheesy


It makes sense. I'll do some research about the whole thing and read the FAQ. As of right now from what I've learned I think I'm swaying more to the Celtic Polytheism side than the CR but I'm not going to confirm yet until I read more about both. Hopefully I can find some reliable resources since my local library has absolutly nothing about this stuff.
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