Why Study Celtic Mythology

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Be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant.

The following was a short essay I wrote during my first degree studies with Sacred Fire Temple explaining why I felt further study of Celtic mythology was beneficial:

Many of us now living in America have ancestry somewhere in our bloodlines that is in one way or another Celtic. Studying the tales, folklore and legends of the Gods and Goddesses of the homelands of our ancestors will help put us in touch with the culture and ways of those who came before us. There is great wisdom and tales of heroic battles, crafty deeds and some fun in learning of the adventures of The Dagda, Morrigan, Brigit, Lugh and others. The sources we have today are sketchy and some of them pass through the filters of their enemies such as the Romans and later Christian missionaries but with an open mind and some thought it is a worthwhile endeavor to pick out what may have been the true stories of these great Gods and Goddesses who were the children of Danu or Tuathe De Dannan. Isaac Bonewits once said that it would be wise for more Pagans of Celtic ancestry to learn the old scripts of Ogham and the Gaelic languages so that when archeological finds are made and studied we can get a Pagan interpretation of their meanings rather than having to rely on the findings of those who see the world through different eyes.

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