> > That doesn't seem to be a totally fair assessment.
> > The author actually was very talented.
>Most forgers are. But that was not what I understood
>Alizah to be asking.
Perhaps she wasn't.
>You may well be right. What do you see as its
>significance for Celtic studies? In what way do you
>find it interesting?
I think that certainly it has had an impact on the ways in which Pre-Celtic
tradition has been imagined and 'recreated' over the past couple of hundred
years. The text was thought to be 'authentic' for over a hundred years,
which provided lots of time for ritual and theory to emerge among both
neo-Druids and nationalists. Although we realize that the text does not
reflect any type of pre-Christian practice, some people still believe it
does represent an 'esoteric' truth--this is true of both neo-druids and
members of various Gorseddau/Gorsethow.
The relevance for Celtic Studies is that we need to pay attention to the way
Celtic peoples have been represented over time. The Barddas material is
especially interesting because of the context in which it was written and
what Iolo was hoping to achieve with it. for me it's "authenticity" is less
important than how the text has been interpreted and used over time.
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