Recently someone posted the following, to which you replied;
* > > Blood-drinking was done to the enemy of Celts, also headhunting,
* > > and brain eating. > >
NOREEN > I'm curious as to your sources on that. Are you saying the Celts
NOREEN > did these things to their enemies? I've never heard of that except
NOREEN > for headhunting by the Gauls in the time of Christ.
Good for you Noreen! So much nonsense concerning the Celts and especially
the Irish, still abounds in the telling of tales.
We must always keep in mind, that when considering tales of Blood drinking,
Head Hunting, Canaabalism and other such indulgences among the Celts, and
as especialy concerns the Irish; much of this will find it's truthful
fictitious origins in the earliest centuries through the courtesy of Latin
writers who viewed only the Roman Empire as the "civilized" world. : )
Nonesensical tales of Cannibalism among the Irish, go as far back as
"Poseidonois," who stated that the Irish eat their dead parents and
"Solinus" who stated that the Irish were not human and that they drank the
blood of their enemies and painted their faces with that same blood.
And indeed, during the time of Cromwells barbarism in Ireland, he and his
own would send reports that the Irish were subhuman creatures with six inch
tails. And as we know, such dehumanizing of the Celts in Ireland happily
continued on to the great famine years where many of "Paddys" stereotypes
were born out of what was done to the people of Ireland.
One thinks it might be a good idea to take with a grain of salt, tales of
Celtic blood drinking, Cannibalism and such similar things. : )
Shannon Faythe Mac Carthaigh