Are you here for beautiful Celtic Backgrounds like the one you see below?
Or for a history lesson on Celtic backgrounds?
Because I’m going to give you a little of both.
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Celtic Backgrounds – A little History
The history of Celtic Backgrounds and Paganism has many different expressions and each of these expressions constitute a tradition in itself.
It is best not to simply call yourself Celtic without further study into what that actually means. The term Celtic spans at least 8 countries. Although no one can pinpoint exactly where the Celts came from, there are many historical artifacts and findings to prove where people from Celtic Backgrounds eventually ended up.
The first distinctly Celtic culture is believed to date back to circa 800 B.C.E
By the sixth century the people of Celtic backgrounds expanded into what is now the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, as well as into Belgium, the Netherlands and all of northeastern France from Normandy to the Alps.
Celtic Origins and how they spread. Image courtesy of ferbers.com
Three centuries later the Celts occupied the rest of France, and crossed the English Channel into Britain and Ireland. They also occupied the western half of the Iberian Peninsula – modern Portugal and Spain.
In or around 387 B.C.E. the Celts invaded Rome. Apparently they managed to hold Rome for 7 months, and were only forced to leave after being debilitated by an epidemic. The story goes, the Romans still had to pay the Gauls (as the Romans knew them) handsomely to finally get them to leave. A century later, the Celts invaded Greece, ransacking Delphi, and removing a large hoard of gold. Even Alexander the Great found it prudent to form an alliance with the people of Celtic Backgrounds. The Greeks calling them Keltoi or Galatai.
As with all conquering societies, even when the people of Celtic backgrounds withdrew from a region, part of their heritage and personality was inevitably, always left behind.
As you can see, claiming to be Celtic can mean any number of traditions. It is pretty nigh impossible to list all the traditions that are in some way Celtic, but The Celts: A History is a great place to start if you are interested in digging deeper into Celtic Backgrounds.