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The Religion of the Ancient Celts

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« Reply #150 on: July 06, 2010, 03:45:14 pm »

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This book, which appears for the first time on the Internet at sacred-texts.com, is one of the best scholarly treatments of the ancient Celtic religion. Written early in the 20th Century, Religion of the Ancient Celts includes extensive treatment of that perennially fascinating subject, the Druids.

There is very little documentary evidence to go on. In particular, we have no actual sacred texts of the ancient Celts, as their texts were transmitted orally only to initiates, and disappeared forever when the last Druid died.

this is one of the major limitations of archaeology and is one of its weakest points. it cannot discover all the evidence it needs to present a true picture of the past.

another weakness and limitation is that archaeologists will discover a monument or a mss.  talking about religion of one man or a small group of men and they extrapolate that to all the people of that time. life doesn't work that way and that is just too simplistic of a method to use to research the past.

that method is like saying all the people of america were hare krishna simply because a few of their religious sites and writings were discovered in washington d.c.
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Dever is wrong, archaeology is not an unedited glimpse into the past.
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