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« Topic Start: November 23, 2007, 02:08:13 pm »

Have any of you ever pondered the subject of Celtic sexuality? Or wonder if it even exists? I know the concepts of sacred sexuality and sex magic, but recently I have become interested in the idea that maybe the Celts had particular views towards sexuality in general. Now, I am talking of pre-Christian Celts of course. Did sex or sexuality have any role in tribal Celtic society? Did it have any resonance in Druid magic? Do any of you have any suggestions or musings of your own to add to this question? Thanks, Frank
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« Reply #1: November 24, 2007, 12:30:33 am »

Have any of you ever pondered the subject of Celtic sexuality? Or wonder if it even exists?

Well, the Celts were humans, and as such, the fact that they had some particularized notions about sexuality pretty much goes without saying.

Did sex or sexuality have any role in tribal Celtic society?

Naturally, both had a role in tribal Celtic society.  But I don't think that's really what you're asking.

Did it have any resonance in Druid magic?

Based on the studying I have done to date, there certainly wasn't a form of sexual magic akin to that practiced in Wiccan traditions (or at least akin from what I've been able to gather of Wiccan traditions).

Honestly, Nevar, this question would be a lot easier to answer if you could be more specific with regard to what sort of information you are trying to glean.
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« Reply #2: November 25, 2007, 12:42:49 pm »


This is NOT the appropriate folder for this question.  I'm moving it.
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« Reply #3: November 29, 2007, 03:41:28 pm »

This is NOT the appropriate folder for this question.  I'm moving it.

To where?  I wanted to contribute.
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« Reply #4: November 29, 2007, 03:56:06 pm »

To where?  I wanted to contribute.

it is now in the appropriate folder.  I never marked it moved.

However, the original poster has been banned.  You can still post, but he's not capable of responding.
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« Reply #5: November 29, 2007, 04:36:29 pm »

Have any of you ever pondered the subject of Celtic sexuality? Or wonder if it even exists? I know the concepts of sacred sexuality and sex magic, but recently I have become interested in the idea that maybe the Celts had particular views towards sexuality in general. Now, I am talking of pre-Christian Celts of course. Did sex or sexuality have any role in tribal Celtic society? Did it have any resonance in Druid magic? Do any of you have any suggestions or musings of your own to add to this question? Thanks, Frank

A good book on the subject is Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland by Patrick C. Power.
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« Reply #6: November 30, 2007, 09:17:05 pm »

Have any of you ever pondered the subject of Celtic sexuality? Or wonder if it even exists? I know the concepts of sacred sexuality and sex magic, but recently I have become interested in the idea that maybe the Celts had particular views towards sexuality in general. Now, I am talking of pre-Christian Celts of course. Did sex or sexuality have any role in tribal Celtic society? Did it have any resonance in Druid magic? Do any of you have any suggestions or musings of your own to add to this question? Thanks, Frank

The little we know about "Celtic sexuality" deals almost entirely with how it affected "social contracts", marriage, divorce, inheritance and the like.  This is because the Brehon laws that contain it survived long enough to be written down. 

The only other place we can get some indication about this topic is from archaeological evidence in the form of the few anatomically correct offerings that have been discovered.  Unfortunately, these are often superficial views because the typical interpretation of them revolve around things like prayers for pregnancy, increased virility or the correction of ED.

Celtic sex magick?  Druid sex magick?  We TRULY know so little about ACTUAL Celtic/Druidic magick and religious practices to begin with any discussion of what role sex played in these would lead quite quickly into supposition.
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« Reply #7: December 01, 2007, 09:20:53 am »

Have any of you ever pondered the subject of Celtic sexuality? Or wonder if it even exists? I know the concepts of sacred sexuality and sex magic, but recently I have become interested in the idea that maybe the Celts had particular views towards sexuality in general. Now, I am talking of pre-Christian Celts of course. Did sex or sexuality have any role in tribal Celtic society? Did it have any resonance in Druid magic? Do any of you have any suggestions or musings of your own to add to this question? Thanks, Frank

the Celts didn't really view sex as any more important than any other aspect of daily life.

also, because there would be large groups living together in one hut together then if they wanted to have sex they would generally just get down to it, regardless of who was there.
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« Reply #8: December 01, 2007, 02:13:07 pm »

the Celts didn't really view sex as any more important than any other aspect of daily life.

also, because there would be large groups living together in one hut together then if they wanted to have sex they would generally just get down to it, regardless of who was there.

er - do you have a source for that?  I've never heard that before.
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« Reply #9: December 01, 2007, 06:10:53 pm »

er - do you have a source for that?  I've never heard that before.

I don't know about the Celts, but this was apparently common in most peasant huts during the middle ages from what I remember reading. In you all live and sleep in what amounts to one room, there isn't much choice about it.
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« Reply #10: December 08, 2007, 09:13:24 am »

er - do you have a source for that?  I've never heard that before.

I'm sorry, I don't. I can't even remember which book I first read it in.
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