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THE RELIGION OF THE CELTS...IT'S NOT WICCA

 

      A person once sternly reminded online that that the word "Celt" should always be pronounced with a "hard c". I don't know how s/he could tell how I prononced it, considering s/he was reading something I posted. I was certainly thinking "hard c" when I typed it, if that counts! But please rest assured I DO pronounce "Celt" with a hard c, so for those of you who can't wait to email me as a soft c pronouncer, that's one thing you won't have to worry about.

      When people think of "Celt" they may think of a Boston basketball team, but that's not what this page is about. The Celts are one of the "almost" indigenous peoples of Europe (the Basques are apparently the natives). Celt is actually an umbrella term for several hundred tribes, with multiple languages and different mythologies that varied from one group to another. Historically, Celtic lands ranged from Ireland,Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and other places in Europe.

     Most Neopagans see all ideas about what Celts do and don’t believe as entirely subjective, since they think the Celts have "vanished". So if I someone says Wicca has nil to do with ancient Celtic religions, Wiccans would say you were wrong, because no one knows what the Celts believed,  and therefore they are correct in saying the ancient Celts actually practiced Wicca since there is no proof otherwise.

    Depsite what many (not all but many) if not most Neopagans/Wiccans/Neodruids think, there are still Celtic people around, and we do know a little something about what the ancient Celtic Pagans believed (and it wasn't in Wicca). Besides, the whole idea that "something is true just because you can’t prove it's not true" isn't logical. It's like saying "The ruins of Atlantis lie under the Statue of Liberty", and thinking everyone must accept this idea as true since it can't be proven or dis-proven.

    Many of the largest cities in the U.S. and Canada have huge Celtic communities (particularly Irish, Scotch and Welsh). It's estimated there are 2-3 times more people of "pure Irish decent" in The U.S. than in Ireland itself! The Celts also include, the Scotch, the Welch, the Cornish, and even the French and the Spanish, among others.

     Wiccan and Neodruid authors are no doubt the biggest inventors of Psuedo-Celtic history. Gavin and Yvonne Frost for instance claim in their book A Witch’s Guide To Life that the Celts were people who came from the Steppes of China into Northern Europe in 2000 B.C. and supposedly conquered and civilized as they came. They were in turn conquered by other invaders. The Celts fled to Glastonbury, and finally were conquered by the Belgae (ancestors of Belgians) in 52 B.C. Historians are puzzled as to why the Frost’s chose 52 B.C., apparently they drew it out of thin air, since no explanation is given. What the Frosts don’t realize, is that the people who conquered the Celts they describe, were yet just another set of Celts! The Belgae who conquered them were also Celts, too!

    Perplexed by the Frost's claim, author Peter Bedford Ellis states, “An explanation shows their scholarship deeply rooted in 16th and 17th century balderdash with a mind blowing reinterpretation of history...” {The Druids pg 277. } What he politely calls “a mind blowing reinterpretation of history” Might be better described as history revision!

    With the invention of Wicca, a mountain of materials arose out of thin air about Celtic culture...much of it not very authentic. One freelance writer wrote a magazine article a few years back about how he attended a seminar on what he thought was going to be about Celtic religion, only to find it was about crop circles (which even back then had been debunked as a hoax). There are Celtic dream cards, Celtic Tarot decks, Celtic crystal wands, and other such rubbish...none of which are Celtic. Much of this comes from "filling in the blanks" mentality of Wiccans/Neopagans/Neodruids/various occultists that quickly snowballs out of control. There are also of course, people who simply lie about Celtic history to get money, like the televangelist Rev. Ike selling "miracle good luck coins" to uneducated poor people. Someone greedy for instance, can create a "Celtic healing workshop" and charge $120 a head, teaching an amalgam of occult beliefs that are no more Celtic than the corned beef and cabbage meal of St. Patrick's day in America is.  

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