In his article "The Women of The Glen: Some Thoughts on Highland
History" (in _The Celtic Consciousness_ ed. Robert O'Driscoll 1981)
Hamish Henderson briefly discusses homosexuality in Celtic society. On
page 258 he says: "This evidence of homo-erotic practices in an enclosed
warrior society is, of course, in no way surprising. It is confirmed in
the most striking manner by several passages in the great Irish heroic
saga, Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Cattle-Raid of Cooley)." He goes on to talk
about homo-erotic overtones of the relationship between Cuchullain and
Ferdia. In an early article in the same collection Maire Cruise O'Brien
discusses the bardic convention of romantic love between the poet and the
ruler "in which the poet plays the role of the woman" (250).
These are the only references in Celtic that I can think of at the
moment. It seems to me that there are more references to homosexuality in
Norse literature (there was a lengthy discussion on Ansax-L a few months
ago about the word seithr "enchantment" and its homosexual resonance).
I also remember that the Icelandic word 'ergi' can refer to passive male
I'm not sure that the latter information will be of interest to you, but
If your family is from the Hebrides, Norse culture may be
an important part of your heritage as well.
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