>From: Alexis <[log in to unmask]>
>And I don't think that the informants of Carmichael considered
>themselves as being pagans.
I think many of them would have been horrfied by the suggestion--though the
accusation was often aimed at Catholics by Protestants and Irish/Scottish by
In itself, a pagan element or motif is nothing out of its context. A symbol
or a motif has no meaning (pagan or Christian or anything else) in itself,
it is the context that can give its sense and value.
Agreed on all points. The history of Christianity is in many ways one of
giving new meaning to pre-existing symbols and customs that have been
adopted and adapted. That doesn't invalidate the new meaning or use. Many of
the symbols used by Celts in pre-Christian times can be found in other IE
cultures and probably go back to a common heritage. The meaning and role
changed with time and place.
Or to put it another way, one guy's mother goddess may be another guy's
patroness of horse-breeding though they both call her Epona.
And I hope I didn't just step off the boundaries of what's "on topic."
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