> From: Lois Chadwell Cruz [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Oh dear, I suppose it was pretty obvious, then, that I have as hard a time
> believing this as you seem to have. But really, I AM interested in knowing
> what the evidence is both for and against this statement that the ancient
> Celts did not observe the solstices/equinoxes.
Why do people have a hard time thinking that the ancient Celts may
be different from their misconceptions?
> I think so, too, but this may not be exactly what Francine was saying. And
> she was speaking specifically about the ancient Celts. Maybe we could get
> some clarification.
Pre-Christian Celts didn't celebrate solstices and equinoxes. In
other areas, solstice and equinox feasts were associated with Christian
saints, such as John the Baptist with midsummer. Christian Celts adopted
some of these Christian feasts. Their Christianized customs, once associated
exclusively with the quarter-days, in many cases drifted to the solstices
Is that clear?
> I've been thinking about this a bit (haven't had time to
> *really* dig into it), and see the possibility that the pagan-flavored
> folklore associated with, for instance, St. John's Eve, may well be
> Anglo-Saxon rather than Celtic. Still, that leaves a lot of questions...
In Wales, especially the south, it's a mix of many cultures. In
Ireland, it's areas near the Pale show more of a mix than others. One also
needs recall that customs are generally more regional than universal within