> INFORMAL (NON-THREATENING) BASIC SURVEY OF CELTIC-L INTERESTS / READERS
I'm a lurker who is eavesdropping on this remarkable montage of
discussions because it was recommended on Welsh-L as a way of
communicating with Celtic-types ( :) ) in an understandable language. I'm
slowly learning Welsh (in written format, since I've no one to listen to
using the language).
My father's father's people were Slovakian; my father's mother's
people were Welsh-Irish and my mother's side is Welsh. I turn out to be
American, with a yearning to understand the source of my family's
"different" approach to living in this country--which appears to be the
residuals of a "Celtic" heritage brought to the US by my forebears.
Virginia farmers, isolated from most people except the "nest" of
like-minded/like-historied folk in the immediate vicinity, they purchased
their lands only after their "apprenticeship"/"binding" was over with --
by virtue of strong legs which ran quickly.
I like to think that Celtic culture is still alive and kicking in
the US in more than a diluted form. But around here, it's difficult to
find anything except the American culture, or lack thereof, which seems to
be significantly different from anything I was brought up with.
Thanks for the opportunity to eavesdrop on these discussions:
they both enlighten and provoke a yearning to keep alive the traditions
which my family has/had.