> From: Suzanne Compton [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Exactly. The distinction is important. And I do fully
> agree with you that these "ancient calendars" support
> the "Wheel of the Year" theory, and I think one only
> has to delve as far as the vast observatories dotting
> the ancient landscape to realize that cycles and
> patterns played a big part in ancient life and
The neopagans who created the terms and practices they espoused did
not work in a vaccum. They looked to sources from *many* ancient cultures,
including Celtic ones. HOWEVER, they were not attempting to re-create or
reconstruct specific Celtic practices. They were working on the ideas of
James Frazier and his ilk who contended that one culture is basically the
same as the next, just using different terms for the same thing. This
ignores the innovations and uniqueness of each. It also imposes a modern
perspective on ancient mindsets AND encourages misappropriation of culture.
> LoL Those shows/movies, while perhaps providing
> entertainment to some, do a great disservice to the
> modern Pagan world-- no matter how "realistically"
> they try to portray their subject.
Agreed. But pagans who spread misconceptions also do a disservice by
reinforcing those misconceptions.