Yearly Archives: 2019

Who Were the Celts? The Ancient Origins of Celtic Culture

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The world Celt may summon up certain images in the mind. In reality, that name reflects upon a hugely diverse range of peoples with common ancestry from all over Western Europe. In the early days of the Anno Domini era, Celtic peoples would have lived all over France, Belgium, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and also the British Isles. Insofar as we imagine Celtic tribes today, the first completely recognisable examples would have been in Gaul, France, in around the 7th century BC and then later on in Britain and Ireland during the 5th and 6th centuries BC. The Hallstatt Culture Several sites of this Ancient European culture have […]

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Three Fantastic Creatures or Spirits from Celtic Traditions

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Over the several thousand years since these stories first developed, Celtic traditions have told of the some of the craziest, creepiest and downright mad creatures and spirits. From cannibal man-horses than live in Lochs, to snake-headed leopards and demon kings with killer gazes – the British Isles has supposedly been home to some truly fantastical entities in its deep glens and wild moors. These are just three of the most interesting we’ve picked out here, but an expert in Celtic storytelling would no doubt be able to pick out many more examples from the annals of spoken and written history. Dearg Due One of many vampire legends in Irish folklore, […]

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Three Crazy Stories from Celtic Mythology

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From shapeshifting pooka and mischievous leprechauns to seriously cool warriors, magic salmon of knowledge, bottomless cauldrons, irate giants and more – Celtic mythology is full of badass and ridiculous stories. The folklore of the ancient Irish culture that spread across Europe spans centuries of intriguing and captivating tales, that bring to life the wild and mysterious lands of the Emerald Isle. These are just a few of the most famous of these legends, although Celtic mythology is a rich storytelling vein – so no doubt we will cover more of them in the future. Dagda and His Magic Harp The Dagda was the big bossman of Celtic mythology, for the […]

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Three Great Celtic Themed Movies

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Over the past decades, cinema has plundered the mythological canons of many cultures for inspiration. Norse characters like Thor or Loki, Ancient Greek heroes in Troy, 300 or Sinbad – and many more to boot. However, Celtic stories and legends (which are fertile pickings for aspiring screenwriters, we might add) have been sadly ignored by Hollywood blockbusters for the most part. However, there are definitely some interesting examples out there and we’ve done our best to document a few here. Ondine This intriguing 2009 indie flick stars the suitably Celtic Colin Farrell as Syracuse, a fisherman who discovers a mythical creature called a Selkie in his nets one day. This metamorphic seal-human […]

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The Tree of Life – Celtic Cultures

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The sacred tree of life is a considerably essential and crucial aspect of ancient Celtic cultures. It was said to be responsible for the beginning of life. In the ancient Celtic culture; the tree of life was said to represent the balance and harmony of nature. Not only is this symbol considered to be legendary in Celtic traditions, but it is also prevalent in the modern era as well. This symbol is known to be a common request for tattoos and is present on necklaces and other types of jewelry. To the Celts, trees were a significant symbol, as it also symbolized the sacred tree of life. Origins The sacred […]

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Trailing the Picturesque Ring of Kerry – Celtic Tour

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What’s not to love about the Celtic culture? Everything that bears even the remote semblance to the Celtic culture is spectacular and history driven. Being a tourist in the Celtic countryside is no lesser as a spectacle. From sandy beaches to bogs, from lakes and rocky shorelines, a sense of mysticism is a promise. Several monasteries and towering castles have stood the test of time and still exists to add to the captivating culture. If you are a fanatic of all things history and would love to see nature in all its glory, then the Ring of Kerry is where your Celtic adventure should begin. The ring of Kerry comprises […]

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The Enduring Leprechauns of Celtic Mythology

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An Irish fable is never complete without the appearance of the old man in a red or the green coat. The Leprechauns are a small entity that is known for their mischief. The little green men also keep their gold stored away in pots and are crafty shoemakers. Even the old saying that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow comes from Celtic mythology. The one holding the container at the end of the rainbow are the leprechauns. The leprechaun is like a genie in Celtic mythology. When you catch one, he grants you three wishes after which you will need to let him go. […]

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The Ancient History About Celtic Knots

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Celtic knots are known to be a wide range and variety of knots that have been stylized. These creations and designs are used to decorate homes and other appliances. Celtic knots are used extensively in insular art. These knots are well known for their adaptation and use in Christian monuments and other ornamental purposes. Most of the knots that are used for decoration are endless knots, but many are different varieties of basket weave knots. Knots first appeared in the Roman Empire, where it can be seen in floor mosaics that are dated back to the tried and fourth centuries A.D. many spirals and step patterns have also been found […]

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10 Facts About the Ancient Celtic Warriors

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One of the most prominent and vital points about the ancient Celtic people were that they were fearsome warriors. They are notorious for their flawless skill in creating and making chariots. Known for their incredibly muscular physique and their height, the Celts are famous for the fear that they invoke in their enemies. The fighting style that Celtic warriors display are known to show unchecked skill. On the battlefield, the Celtic are wild and savage, giving their enemies a reason to fear them. The Greeks called them ‘Keltoi’ and considered them to be one of the four barbaric races. High Chieftains, Nobles, and Magistrates One of the remarkable actualities about […]

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