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?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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