| 1. Celtic ritual in times of famine
| In the Sept. 28 Opinions piece, "Common practice and common slander,"
| Roger McTair casts disbelief on the stories that pre-Christian Picts
| and Scots were cannibals. The stories were true, but only in times of
| famine, especially when hunger led to violence between clans. It was
| a Celtic ritual to eat the enemies' brains to destroy their souls.
| Robert A. McGeachie, Toronto
This is utterly ridiculous. I have never seen any evidence to support
any of this in any case. Does anyone have any idea of what he's talking
| 2. Precocious words by young Cicero
| Roger McTair in his Sept 28 article "Common practice and common
| slander," states that: "For instance, this is what Cicero, a Roman
| poltiician, says in 100 BC about the ancient Britons: 'Do not
| obtain your slaves from Britain because they are so stupid and so
| utterly incapable of being taught that they are not fit to form a
| part of a household of Athens.'"
There were lots of contrary things said about the Celts by foriegn
people, sometimes noblising them, sometimes barbarising them. Including
statements saying that they were good and quick to learn.