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Camila Damm

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Many deities, too much roman information
« on: March 10, 2013, 10:17:56 pm »
As many of you said the best way to choose a path is read and read and read about the pantheons and gods you like and that is what I've been doing.

Since I was already so interested in mythology, I knew many of the deities and stories, but I was reading through everything again and the most new stuff I could find and as someone reading all as a new spiritual path and not just as stories, some questions came to mind:

The Celts had more than one pantheon, some shared deities and some specific. How do you do this? You chose one of the pantheons? You chose the deities that attract you the most? Or something else?

And how do you cope with all that "according to Julius Caesar's Comentarii de Bello Gallico..." and then all those comparisons they make with roman deities and the changed names and general roman view of the Celts?

And I'm not looking for something very strict, so if you made the craziest mix of gods for yourself I'm totally interested. I hope this sounded okay. Thank you!

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Re: Many deities, too much roman information
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 11:13:48 pm »
Quote from: Camila Damm;100569
As many of you said the best way to choose a path is read and read and read about the pantheons and gods you like and that is what I've been doing.

Since I was already so interested in mythology, I knew many of the deities and stories, but I was reading through everything again and the most new stuff I could find and as someone reading all as a new spiritual path and not just as stories, some questions came to mind:

The Celts had more than one pantheon, some shared deities and some specific. How do you do this? You chose one of the pantheons? You chose the deities that attract you the most? Or something else?

And how do you cope with all that "according to Julius Caesar's Comentarii de Bello Gallico..." and then all those comparisons they make with roman deities and the changed names and general roman view of the Celts?

And I'm not looking for something very strict, so if you made the craziest mix of gods for yourself I'm totally interested. I hope this sounded okay. Thank you!

You can start separating by culture, Irish, Brythonic, Gaulish, Welsh. Also I wouldn't take everything the Romans say to heart, but I would read it, because there is some useful information there. For me I just started researching the different deities and chose the ones that I had interest in. From there I just started seeing which worked for me. I was highly drawn to the Brythonic Celts and their deities.
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Re: Many deities, too much roman information
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 05:04:47 am »
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You can start separating by culture, Irish, Brythonic, Gaulish, Welsh. Also I wouldn't take everything the Romans say to heart, but I would read it, because there is some useful information there. For me I just started researching the different deities and chose the ones that I had interest in. From there I just started seeing which worked for me. I was highly drawn to the Brythonic Celts and their deities.

 
Ya, what Cry said. Each of the separate Celtic groups had their own set of deities, some are very similar (Irish Brighid/Scottish Bride) and a case could be made for them originating from the same source.

However, they did differentiate and are separate now - at least in my view. Look at one singular group and study them. There is a plethora of sources available that rely on the old stories rather than the writings of the Greco/Roman writers such as Ceaser, Hellanicus or even Plato.

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Re: Many deities, too much roman information
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 10:31:42 am »
Quote from: Camila Damm;100569

The Celts had more than one pantheon, some shared deities and some specific. How do you do this? You chose one of the pantheons? You chose the deities that attract you the most? Or something else?

And how do you cope with all that "according to Julius Caesar's Comentarii de Bello Gallico..." and then all those comparisons they make with roman deities and the changed names and general roman view of the Celts?

You can do that indeed. Many do follow deities or the cultures they're attracted to or have affinity for.

The Celts were a diverse&tribal peoples lacking a codified pantheon or State religion like Rome, so I always view Roman sources as exactly what hey were, a foreign view.
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