(take your pick!)
What is this "CR" stuff?
There is a movement afoot to
scrupulously research the beliefs, pratices and culture of the Ancient
Celts - particularly the Scots and Irish - in order to revive and recalim
those pratices that were lost that now seem valuable or better than more
modern pratices or cultural choices.
This movement runs in tandem
or parallel to the movements of indigineous peoples world wide that seek
to find and value those cultural aspects of traditional cultures that have
been lost in Western society but that now, in the light of modern ecological,
social and spiritual crises, seem valuable and wise.
By pursuing an examination of
Ancient Celtic pratices, and Ancient Irish in particular, I do not mean
to imply that I think the Irish are now or were ever more "primitive",
"barbaric", or "backward" than any other people or culture in Europe. I
do believe, however, that Celtic culture, and Irish Culture, in particular,
maintained and preserved some valuable aspects of what was the indigenous
European culture longer than most other peoples or nations in the West.
Such pratices as a more equal status for women, rulership not based on
primogenetor (ie. the first born son did not necessarily automatically
become king after his father), an emphasis on TRUTH as a spiritual principal
and a more open society no longer seem "barbaric". At least not to me!
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