Celtic mythology is the mythology of Celtic polytheism, the religion of the Iron Age Celts. The nature and functions of these ancient gods can be deduced from their names, the location of their inscriptions, their iconography, the Roman gods they are equated with, and similar figures from later bodies of Celtic mythology. Votive Celtic wheels celtic Classics PDF to correspond to the cult of Taranis. Thousands of such wheels have been found in sanctuaries in Gallia Belgica, dating from 50 BCE to 50 CE.
Författare: Patrick Steinbach.
Trad. Tänze und Harfenstücke aus Irland, für Gitarre bearbeitet
Celtic areas that had not been conquered by Rome until the advent of Christianity. The oldest body of myths stemming from the Heroic Age is found only from the early medieval period of Ireland. As Christianity began to take over, the gods and goddesses were slowly eliminated as such from the culture. The leader of the gods for the Irish pantheon appears to have been the Dagda. The Dagda was the figure on which male humans and other gods were based because he embodied ideal Irish traits. Celtic gods were also considered to be a clan due to their lack of specialization and unknown origins.
Irish tales depict the Dagda as a figure of power, armed with a club. In Dorset there is a famous outline of an ithyphallic giant known as the Cerne Abbas Giant with a club cut into the chalky soil. The Morrígan was a tripartite battle goddess of the Celts of Ancient Ireland. The god appearing most frequently in the tales is Lugh. He is evidently a residual of the earlier, more widespread god Lugus, whose diffusion in Celtic religion is apparent from the number of place names in which his name appears, occurring across the Celtic world. Lug is described in the Celtic myths as the last to be added to the list of deities. Aibell, Áine, Macha, and the sovereign goddess, Ériu.