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Link Post Wed, Jul. 30, 2014 11 notes

The Imaginary Hadrian’s Wall: Archaeology and the Matter of Britain



By Adrián Maldonado

Fans of Hadrian’s Wall must be feeling both excited and bemused at the moment. There has been a great resurgence in imagined portrayals of the Wall in popular culture, from semi-realistic depictions in movies like King Arthur and The Eagle to more fantastical…

Link Post Fri, Jul. 25, 2014 9 notes

Tairis is down (for now)


I’ve already posted about this on my blogspot, but seeing as I’ve been getting some concerned messages from folks about the Tairis site here, I might as well do an announcement here too…

Unfortunately Tairis is currently offline while it’s undergoing some essential maintenance. It’s a bit of a pain, but I’m hoping that it won’t be offline for too long. In the meantime you can access it via The Wayback Machine at archive.org.

Seeing as Lùnastal is almost upon us (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), you can find the articles on it here:

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, you may be interested in:
And for a brief introduction to the subject, you might want to watch Gaol Naofa’s video (more coming soon).
There’s also a brief overview of the festivals at the Gaol Naofa site, and some practical ideas on what to do in our Ritual within Gaelic Polytheism. Our article on Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism will also be useful too (even if you don’t have kids, honest!). The festivals section starts on page 32.

Link Post Fri, Jul. 25, 2014 260 notes

Vintage Bling: Ancient Celts May Have Had Shiny Dental Implants



Sparkly, gold grills aren’t just for Flavor Flav; ancient Celts may have sought out flashy smiles as well. Archaeologists have unearthed a dental implant in a grave in France that dates to the third century B.C.

The implant — an iron pin that may have screwed into…

(via graveyarddirt)

Link Post Fri, Jul. 18, 2014 2 notes

5000-year-old Cochno Stone carving may be revealed - The Scotsman

A SET of mysterious, 5,000-year-old rock carvings could see the light of day again, after being buried 50 years ago to protect them from vandals.

The Cochno Stone in West Dunbartonshire bears what is considered to be the finest example of Bronze Age “cup and ring” carvings in Europe.

The stone, which measures 42ft by 26ft, was discovered by the Rev James Harvey in 1887 on farmland near what is now the Faifley housing estate on the edge of Clydebank.

Link Post Fri, Jul. 11, 2014 13 notes

Frustrations with Celtic Reconstructionism | Tír na nOuray

Go to the source.

This has been my philosophy on all things spiritual for many years. It is an impulse that lead me to Celtic Reconstructionism in the first place. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the Pagan Celts, from as many sources as I could. Don’t get me wrong, a thorough study of Celtic lore is invaluable, and there is plenty out there to learn. But I want a heartfelt, passionate education not just an academic one.

Interesting read.

Quote Post Mon, Jul. 07, 2014 21 notes

“A libation of some of the thick new milk given by a cow after calving, if poured on the ground, more especially in the interior of a rath or fort, is supposed to appease the anger of the offended fairies. Before drinking, a peasant will in many cases, spill a small portion of the draught on the earth, as a complimentary libation to the good people.”

Excerpt From: Wood-Martin, W. G. (William Gregory), 1847-1917. “Traces of the elder faiths of Ireland; a folklore sketch; a handbook of Irish pre-Christian traditions.” (via spiritualbrainstorms)

(Source: charlottesarahscrivener, via sachairimaccaba)

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