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Golden Age of Celts: Status Built by Battle or Feast

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Tweet The whole race [Celts] is made for war. High-spirited and quick to battle. — Strabo, Greek Historian GOLDEN AGE OF CELTS Status-Building in Battle During the Golden Age of the Celts (Le Tène Period), cattle thievery, slave raiding, and vendettas between clans and tribes formed the basis of low-intensity warfare that permeated the Celtic […]

Celtic Warrior Nobility—Hierarchical Society

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Tweet We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with […]

Celtic Warrior: Greek and Roman Accounts

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      Their [Celtic warriors] songs as they go into battle, their yells and leaping, and the dreadful noise of arms as they beat their shields in some ancestral custom, all this is done with one purpose: to terrify their enemies — Livy, Roman Historian Age of the Warriors As discussed in a previous post […]

Celtic Cultural Identity: Art, Language, Hierarchy–Apollo’s Raven

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The animal envoys of the Unseen Power no longer serve, as in primeval times, to teach and to guide mankind. Bears, lions, elephants, ibexes, and gazelles are in cages in our zoos—Joseph Campbell Introduction Celtic symbolic lore conjures images of magic, warriors, hill fort castles, and animal spirits. Each Celtic locality throughout Europe had differences, but there […]

Ancient Celtic Chieftains, Raiders, and Traders

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 The greatest contribution of the Celts was, and still is, myth. It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those constant human fantasies that tend to tie it back–Joseph Campbell Introduction The word “Celtic” conjures different images—magic, warriors, castles, […]

La Tène Period Celtic Golden Age (Part 2)

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In the Gaul of those days kingdoms and thrones were as often as not the prize of any more prominent chief who could afford to gather around him a large mercenary force; and this practice, it was felt, under Roman rule, would be considerably curtailed —Julius Caesar La Tène Period Celtic Golden Age Historical Chronology […]

Ancient Celtic History: Who were the Celts?

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There are no final truths. The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right question. —Claude Lèvi-Strauss.   Ancient Celtic History Information on Ancient Celtic Celtic History is primarily derived by Roman and Greek accounts, archaeological finds, and mythology. The epic historical fantasy entitled, APOLLO’S RAVEN, is the first unpublished novel […]

Caesar’s 2nd Invasion Britain 54 BC; Part 3

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    THE STANDARD PATH of the mythological adventure of the hero is represented in the rites of passage: separation—initiation—return.  A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder where fabulous forces are encountered and a decisive victory is won, then the hero comes back from this mysterious […]

Historical Fantasy–Balancing History and Spiritual Beliefs

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Tweet One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light. —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth Balancing History and Fantasy I […]

Quest for Catrin: Photographic Adventure—Celtic Spiritual Warrior (Part 3)

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Tweet     I have fled in the shape of a raven of prophetic speech —Taliesin’s Song of his Origins, 6th century Raven Tattoo One of the challenges in the photo shoot was to transform my eleven-year-old granddaughter, Maylin, into the adolescent Celtic warrior princess, Catrin—the heroine in APOLLO’S RAVEN. Isabelle Kai, a makeup artist from Boulder, […]