• The members of an early Indo-European culture that spread throughout much of Europe. The Celts had many dialects and structures of their language, cuture, and arts. Primarly because of the many diffrent regions they inhabited and the conquers of that partucilar region that had an influence over there culture and language. Originally, a group of tribes/clans with a common culture, it's theorized they had started out from one unknown source and began to spread taking much of there cuture where ever they went. As they began to localize they're cuture, they devolaped a advance form of combat, which gained them a ruthless reputations as warriors across Europe. The more experienced Romans learned the hard way when they're army began to seige much of Celtic lands, and they came back with horror storys of the combative Celts. Among the reports across Europe and Rome, head hunting, human sacriface,and Celts stripping bare to flash their tattoos in battle. The Celtic warrior women were feared, in many respects, more than the men.... The Celts were one of the first European cultures to grant equal rights to women, if not, more powerful rights. Celtic law states that a divorce is up to women and can be granted for the following reasons: not pleasing sexually , homosexuallity, infildelity, or impetence. Women were also skilled martial artists, another Celtic law states: That only a member of the oppisote sex can teach you right skills. Therefore it was forbidding for a man to teach a man and a woman teach a woman, as it was considered to be unlucky. Women could own land, inherit proberity, and become leaders in war. In fact most Celtic war deitys are Goddesses. The Celts had a rich culture and heritage, full of tradition, but, sadly, alot has been lost due to the Celts belief in oral tradition and the invading conquers desicration of Celtic culture, books (What little HAD been written down.), traditions, and way of life. Some surviving beliefs, still prevale in the old countries, and some records even written by the Celts themselves! So, not all has been lost. From what we know the Celts had four classfications: Warriors, those skilled in ways of combat, Bards, those skilled in music,arts,poetry, etc, Healers, those skilled in medicine, healing magic, modern day equilvent of doctors, and Druids, usally the leaders of the tribe, skilled in law, magic, poetry, language, the arts, and the religous leaders of the of the town, clan, or tribe. (It's intresting to note however that if the leaders of the tribes, town, or clans were NOT upholding the law, not fair, abusive of power, corrupt, or unjust, the people of that particuler area were allowed to overthrough that, or those particular leader(s) and elect a new a new fairer leader for the people.) There were no gender specifacations for any class. As some of their Gods and Goddesses are consider part of these classes. I.e. The Irish Goddess Brighd, (pronounced, Breed, Breet, or Bree-itch.) is considered a both a Bard and a Druid. People who trained under these classes, usally had a long unbroken family line, and were trained by a family member, (Like a mother who taught a son the art of healing.) for a number of years as an apprentece. Bards, were particular, in the way ,that they traveled throughout the lands, retelling oral traditions passed down to them, spreading song and dance, and poetry, in keeping with culture. In some cases they were record keepers of the history of their tribe or the ONLY living record of that tribe, heritage, and/or region. They were trained for years to recite in perfection storys of old, heros, Gods, and men.... The religion of the Celts can be argued as either a polythestic (One with many gods.) religion or a panthestic (All are one and the same God. With many names, forms, etc..) religion.

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