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The Religion of the Celts

The Religion of Ancient Celts

Celt traditions, activities, language and laws dictated the way of life in Ireland and Scotland for thousands of years and still governs many aspects of their life today. Both Ireland’s and Scotland’s national language were derived from the Celt language Gaelic. Their national sports and their musical instruments come from the Celts. The rich Irish legacy of art and mythology is attributable to Celtic influence. We have plenty objects and other evidence of the Celts prior lives and time in Ireland and Scotland, but we can only guess at what their lives were like before they started to write things down. Their first writings were in the form of Ogham writing carved on stones and wood, and later in illuminated manuscripts that today’s historians have used to deduce information about this mystical ancient society from the traces they left behind.

Did you know?

There is no genetic relationship between Vikings and Celts, but they lived next to each other around 1000 BC, and the Celtic culture had a deep influence on ancient Germanic people. Therefore, they have much in common. The Celts were a people found in Iron Age Europe about 2,500 years ago, and who migrated westwards to Ireland and Scotland, where their descendants remain today.

“Patrick prayed against the “spells of women, smiths, and Druids,” — John Arnott MacCulloch, The Religion of the Ancient Celts

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