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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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