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|The following is by no means an indictment of the religion called Wicca. Wicca is indeed a valid and powerful path for those who truthfully walk it and understand it. However, there is a body of people who believe that Wicca is the descendant of the religious ways of the Gaelic or other Celtic peoples (or 'Celts' as a general nomenclature). This simply is not the case.|
Originally Posted by Meiri
The myth that Wicca is Celtic started when Gardner borrowed Gaelic terms for Gaelic holidays and applied those to the Wiccan holidays, and it went on from there.
|Wicca places little emphasis on mythology. Yet in Celtic religion, mythological stories are a central feature. These, in fact, form the core of magical practice, teaching and what ritual exists (manifested commonly in 'passion plays'). In Wicca there is no clear teaching of what is required to break past the cycles of rebirth. In fact, within Wicca there is no such concept at all. Yet in Celtic religion, the requirement can be clearly and concisely stated. To fulfill one's duty, to always be honorable and to stand for the truth come what may, while understanding *why* what is honorable is considered so. Students of Aristotle can clearly see the concepts of "personal excellence" within materials from various celtic cultures.|
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Originally Posted by kama'aina mama
what I think is missing from the discussion may be the emotional end of this. The yearning. The desire for connection to the ancient, for history. If I were a pagan I can guarantee you that I would not want to dwell much on how disconnected my practice is from my desired spiritual ancestors. To do so would fill me with the kind of anger a recent poster (forgive me, I'm crap with names) chalked up largely to monotheistic backlash.
while I do not know all the facts, I can certainly understand why some people would chose to live in willful ignorance/denial of them, if they are as represented above.
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