St. Patrick

The Quest for Meaning The richly layered beauty of knotwork is the most identifiable type of Celtic art and artistry. The mystique of Celtic knot symbolism lies in the complex interlacing of unbroken lines. The interwoven, endless patterns compel all who gaze upon them to ascribe Celtic knotwork meaning and purpose. The Celtic knot is not only beautiful For many, it symbolizes eternity: The Celts were not alone in their regard for trees as sacred living things. Nevertheless, the Celtic tree of life is unique because of how intricate knotwork connects the branches and the roots. Branches reach high into the heavens, roots dig deep into the Earth, yet all are woven together


Search the Internet The history of Irish Dance The early history of Irish dance reveals a constant shifting of population through migration and invasions. Each of these peoples brought their preferred types of dance and music. There are only vague references to the early history of Irish dancing, but there is evidence that among its first practitioners were the Druids, who danced in religious rituals honouring the oak tree and the sun.

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Listen to the Byte Show Interview on this topic: Let us now concentrate on the female symbolism that we find in church architecture. Much of our themes which we presently use to design sacred edifices are based on what we have learned from our “Gothic” progenitors. Though there have been various phases in history when certain styles of architecture have prevailed, but in most of them there have been some standard themes that have been used which have been perpetuated from time immemorial.

Without doubt, some of our ecclesiastical designs in our buildings have motifs that reach back to the early classical periods. And recall what Vitruvius said who lived at the time of Augustus, near the period of Jesus’ birth. He made it clear that architects in the classical periods used human body parts as their principal standards and benchmarks as designs with which they constructed their sacred buildings, especially temples and shrines.

The “Gothic” is a prime example of this. Vitruvius gives a further account to show the relationship. Now the navel [Latin:

Celtic mythology

Share Paganism, in the broadest sense includes all religions other than the true one revealed by God, and, in a narrower sense, all except Christianity, Judaism, and Mohammedanism. The term is also used as the equivalent of Polytheism. It is derived from the Latin pagus , whence pagani i.

Jeremiah’s trip to Ireland is pure fabrication — NOT fact!

Historical sources[ edit ] Votive Celtic wheels thought to correspond to the cult of Taranis. National Archaeological Museum, France As a result of the scarcity of surviving materials bearing written Gaulish , it is surmised that the most of the Celtic writings were destroyed by the Romans, although a written form of Gaulish using Greek , Latin and North Italic alphabets was used as evidenced by votive items bearing inscriptions in Gaulish and the Coligny calendar.

Rome introduced a more widespread habit of public inscriptions, and broke the power of the druids in the areas it conquered; in fact, most inscriptions to deities discovered in Gaul modern France and Northern Italy , Britain and other formerly or presently Celtic-speaking areas post-date the Roman conquest. Although early Gaels in Ireland and parts of modern Wales used the Ogham script to record short inscriptions largely personal names , more sophisticated literacy was not introduced to Celtic areas that had not been conquered by Rome until the advent of Christianity.

Indeed, many Gaelic myths were first recorded by Christian monks, albeit without most of their original religious meanings. Irish mythology Cuchulainn carries Ferdiad across the river The oldest body of myths stemming from the Heroic Age is found only from the early medieval period of Ireland. The Dagda[ edit ] The leader of the gods for the Irish pantheon appears to have been the Dagda.

Celtic gods were also considered to be a clan due to their lack of specialization and unknown origins. The particular character of the Dagda was as a figure of burlesque lampoonery in Irish mythology , and some authors even conclude that he was trusted to be benevolent enough to tolerate jokes at his own expense. 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.

While this was probably produced in relatively modern times English Civil War era , it was long thought to be a representation of the Dagda.

Irish Symbols

The history of Ireland could be described with some justification as a sad catalogue of invasion upon invasion, of petty tribal infighting between each successive group, providing the opportunity for the next invaders who were usually better armed and more experienced in warfare, to gain a foothold. This lack of cohesiveness and tendency towards personal material enhancement appears to have been the ultimate downfall of almost all of Irelands invaders, as they fought among themselves, and with previously arrived groups to control the land.

In many of these conflicts the main protagonists were related by blood or marriage, to give three prime examples, the battle of Clontarf, the invasions of Edward and Robert the Bruce and the battle of the Boyne. The Irish nation of today is descended from a rich cultural and genealogical mixture of all these peoples, who came conquered and in the fullness of time integrated, giving rise to the phrase ‘More Irish than the Irish themselves.

Our sources were many and often presented conflicting accounts, as of course is only to be expected.

The type-site in Austria, fully excavated by archeologists in the 19th century, included more than 2, graves packed with an assortment of functional and ornamental items.

The earliest references to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period lasts somewhere around two months in length, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January. One of the names provided is “Yule-beings”. The saga states that when Haakon arrived in Norway he was confirmed a Christian, but since the land was still altogether heathen and the people retained their pagan practices, Haakon hid his Christianity to receive the help of the “great chieftains”.

In time, Haakon had a law passed establishing that Yule celebrations were to take place at the same time as the Christians celebrated Christmas, “and at that time everyone was to have ale for the celebration with a measure of grain, or else pay fines, and had to keep the holiday while the ale lasted. Haakon planned that when he had solidly established himself and held power over the whole country, he would then “have the gospel preached”.

According to the saga, the result was that his popularity caused many to allow themselves to be baptised, and some people stopped making sacrifices. Haakon spent most of this time in Trondheim. When Haakon believed that he wielded enough power, he requested a bishop and other priests from England, and they came to Norway. On their arrival, “Haakon made it known that he would have the gospel preached in the whole country. It was ancient custom that when sacrifice was to be made, all farmers were to come to the heathen temple and bring along with them the food they needed while the feast lasted.

At this feast all were to take part of the drinking of ale. These were fashioned like sprinklers, and with them were to be smeared all over with blood the pedestals of the idols and also the walls of the temple within and without; and likewise the men present were to be sprinkled with blood. But the meat of the animals was to be boiled and served as food at the banquet.

According to Herbert Armstrong in the book “The United States and Britain in Prophecy,” the prophet Jeremiah in the company of his scribe Baruch took King Zedekiah’s daughter to Ireland where she founded a line of Davidic kings that has continued on down to this day. What corroborating evidence can be found in the Irish annals to back up this assertion?

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He flung his bell among them; they took to precipitate flight, and cast themselves into the ocean.

From verdant pastures spotted with sheep to medieval towns with cobblestone streets, there’s plenty to see. However, these eight towns along the Southern coast stand out as exceptional examples of Ireland’s hospitality, beauty and historic past. Hop in a car on the left side of the road! Drogheda Located 40 minutes north of Dublin, Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. The city itself is fascinating with numerous historic sites, restaurants, pubs and shops.

This medieval town’s storied past makes it a great destination to immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich history. But, as with most Irish cities, the real magic happens outside of the city center. Just a short drive away from Drogheda stands two of Ireland’s most famed historical monuments, the Hill of Tara and Newgrange. Newgrange is a prehistoric passage tomb more than 5, years old. It was constructed not only as a burial tomb but as a territorial marker, a temple for worship and place to honor the deceased.

But perhaps most remarkable thing about Newgrange is the Winter Solstice event when the sun’s beams illuminate the chamber for 17 minutes. An intentional design by the Stone Age farmers, no doubt. The Bru na Boinne visitors’ center provides tours of Newgrange and even allows you to enter the tomb. Drogheda The Hill of Tara is an ancient inauguration site for Ireland’s High Kings and was considered a passage to an otherworld.

The earliest true Celtic idiom in the area of arts and crafts was the Hallstatt culture. This derived from the type-site situated in Salzkammergat a salt mine region , near the village of Halstaat in Austria, and lasted from roughly to BCE. Although centred around Austria, the Hallstatt culture spread across central Europe, divided into two zones:

It was in a valley at the foot of a hill, but the saint was not content.

On the one hand, the Celts – who were by no means pacifists – must have arrived in sufficiently large numbers to obliterate the existing culture in Ireland within a few hundred years. On the other hand, other better documented invasions of Ireland – such as the Viking invasions of the 7th and 8th centuries AD – failed to have the effect of changing the culture on an islandwide scale. Some have postulated that, as the Romans invaded and took control of the continental Celtic territories of Gaul [France] and Iberia [Spain and Portugal], some of the displaced Celts travelled to unconquered Celtic lands such as Britain and Ireland.

These have been identified with displaced Celts from Spain and Belgium, respectively, although this is conjecture [1]. The earliest pseudo-historical information that we have about Iron Age Celtic Ireland is from Carthaginian, Roman and Greek writers, who probably got their information from sailors who had been to the British Isles. There are writings from the 4th century AD by the Roman Avienus which are thought to be based on accounts from an early Greek voyage in the 6th century BC.

By far the most interesting historical account of these early times is that of the Greek Ptolemy. His map of Ireland, published in Geographia, was compiled in the second century AD, but based on an account from around AD. No surviving originals exist, but we do have a copy dating from AD. To see the map [1], click on the thumbnail on the left [56kB].

Historians have been able to use this fascinating map to identify some of the Celtic tribes living in Ireland at the time.

It is one of the most famous and valuable illuminated manuscripts to have survived to modern times. The Book of Kells derives its name from the Irish village of Kells, located northwest of Dublin, where the book was kept in the monastery for several hundred years. The Book of Kells is one of many Gospel manuscripts written from the late sixth century to the early ninth century in the monasteries in Scotland, northern England, and Ireland.

The Book of Kells was produced late in this period, perhaps around the beginning of the ninth century, and represents the high point in writing these artistic manuscripts. The monks designing the book of Kells and Lindisfarne were exposed to Viking art by the brutal and constant raiding of their monasteries by the Vikings.

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Take the Saints Trivia Quiz now! Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. In The Confession, he wrote: I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.

There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family. Take this quick St.

Moneymore, County Londonderry On every count Springhill is a truly attractive house. Its brilliant white walls, dark, narrow windows and grey slate roof, capped by chimney stacks of dull red brick, blend harmoniously into the sylvan landscape that surrounds it, and no-one who ventures here can help but fall beneath its spell. Its interior has a lived in and welcoming feel, and you can just sense that little has changed in a centuries.

Indeed those to whom this place was once home would have little trouble recognising it today, no matter which period of its three hundred year history they happen to have stepped out of.

King Josiah commanded that the Ark be entombed in the chamber built by Solomon, as it is said 2 Chronicles

The Druid religion was practiced by ancient Celtic tribes that populated Ireland and parts of Europe. This religion worshipped Samhain, the Lord of Darkness. Some writings also speak of Samhain as the “Lord of the Dead”. But, today’s scholars suggest that this is incorrect. The Druid New Year began on November 1st. The Celts only recognized summer and winter seasons. Literally translated, Samhain means “Summer’s End”.

At this time, the hours of nighttime were growing significantly over the hours of sunlight. Hence, Lord Samhain reigned over the long winter months as the influence of the Sun god and the summer season Beltaine or Beltane preceded. The Druids believed that on this night, all of the people who died in the past year would rise up and search for the passageway to the netherworld. On this night the passageway or “veil” between both worlds was it’s thinnest. Lord Samhain would roam the earth in search of these souls to capture them and take them to his world of darkness.

And they besought that they might behold the face of Christ. And the saint said to them: Patrick entered on the special work of the conversion of Ulster.

Historians have been able to use this fascinating map to identify some of the Celtic tribes living in Ireland at the time.

Irish Pagan Culture: Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry

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