Celtic Pagan Religion

The pre-Christian Celtic gods - the Dagda, kindly lord of the sun, Danu, goddess of wealth, the divine race of the Tuatha De Danaan - and the old pagan feasts such as Samhain and Lughnasa were not only central to Irish life at the coming of Saint Patrick, but have continued in folk legend and practice even to the present day. Pagan Celtic religion, its druid priests and practices - including human sacrifice - are at the heart of the story told in the 'Dubh Linn', 'Tara' and 'Patrick' chapters of the first book of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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