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The idea of Druids wearing white robes and practicing rituals at Stonehenge is a quant idea...but not acurate. There's no evidence they wore white robes and they showed no interest in Stonehenge by the times the Romans came along.

    To add to this problem,  there was a romanticizing of Celtic mythology in the 19th century (and in centuries prior, as well), and many Neopagans are only too happy to accept fraud as fact, even when Professor Ronald Hutton (among others), himself a Wiccan, has now debunked it. Any fairy tale, odd custom, even if minutes old, or simply an idea that sounds good with no proof to back it up, becomes evidence of "survival of Cletic Pagan culture/religion".

    It is not, however, impossible to separate fact from witch-ful thinking. The Celtic people are still around, and they are usually quick to tell people that Wicca (or Wicce, Witta, whatever you want to label it) and its Neopagan clones are NOT an ancient Celtic religion! Neither are the various fanciful Druid groups practicing actual Druidism, etc.

    There's a mountain of Blarney out there to back up claims of witch-ful thinkers. In trying to sort out fact from fiction, it can be difficult to refute the claims of Neopagans/Wiccans/Neodruids promoting their non-Celtic faith (oops, forgot, you guys don't promote your faith, because that would be prosteltyzing <snicker>).

     Some things are relatively easy to prove as nonsense, for example, the claim that there was an ancient "Irish Potato Goddess", as some Neopagans did. The potato comes from South America and wasn't introduced to Europe until the 16th century. Hence, it is easy to refute the potato goddess, but the massive bulk of fuax documentation, combined with the automatic distrust by Neopagans of anyone  criticizing the authenticity of their "ancient" beliefs and "traditions" (and thus branding them a "lying xtian" in the process), make it very hard to have a rational dialogue. Add to this fact that Neopagans and occultists of all varieties enjoy the sport of trying to prove they know more than their fellow travelers, in a kind of esoteric one upmanship...just visit a few Neopagan/occult NG's and BB's to see this in action. Emotions are the hardest obstacle to overcome.

    Wicca was created by Crowley disciple Gerald Gardner in 1950, and there's actually not much Celtic about it. There are some Celtic words borrowed to describe things like Holidays, but the eight holidays celebrated by Wiccans and Neopagans celebrate called the "wheel of the year", weren't celebrated by the Celts (see the Holidaze webage). Furthermore, names like "Samhain" and "Lughmas" weren't adopted until later. Those two holidays for instance were called  "November Eve" &"August Eve" at first. The 8 holidays are actually lifted in their present form from the O.T.O., the Crowley sex magic cult to which Gardner belonged.

    Elements of Pseudo-Celtic religion are invented by taking things out of European Ceremonial magic, which arose out of the Middle Ages and was derived from many different things such as Gnosticism and the Cabala. The four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are said to be Celtic by some writers, but aren't. The idea that the Celts believed in a god and goddess is also erroneous...their primary deities were males in sets of threes. The primary Celtic deities were a threesome of male gods, namely, Teutates, Esus, and Taranis, likewise the Germanic tribes  preferred a threesome of Odin, Thor, and Tyr. This is one reason, in fact, that Christianity spread through Celtic lands; The Christian belief of God as a Trinity wasn't an alien concept to them. The British Celts generally thought of things in terms of threes, rather than duos, hence no duothesitic religion. There is also no evidence that the Celtic religions had goddesses as their primary deity, but seem to always prefer gods as their main idols. The idea of all gods being one god and all goddesses being one goddess that most Neopagans/occultists subscribe to is an invention of bad scholarship of the 19th century.

    The best way to debunk the new Pseudo-Celtic mythology is to point out that the Celts aren't long vanished like the mythical Atlantis. Believing Celtic civilization has long since vanished leads to things like "We don’t know what the Celts believed, but we can make educated guesses based on archaeology and their legends", being said. This opens a doorway in which any belief or idea can suddenly have a Celtic label slapped on it. But while many Wiccans/Neopagans/Neodruids think somehow that the Celts are long gone, but in fact, many modern Celtic communities exist. And I'm not saying ALL of them think this, but most of them certainly seem to.

    There are about 16 million Celts alive in the world today, even though only about 2 million speak a Celtic language such as Gaelic. There's frustration and some anger by Celtic people toward Neopagans, because their culture has been eroding for thousands of years - -caused first by Romans then later by English and Germanic people-- and now the Neopagans are further causing damage by reinventing Celtic culture to suit themselves, ironically thinking they are somehow saving it.  

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