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?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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