Paulette wrote :-
>Michael, what is your notion of "race"?
I don't believe in race, really, although there are certainly
physical features which are distinguishing -- skin colour, etc.
However, these form rather large groupings, and intermixing as
we are confuses all of this.
>Is Celticness defined by blood and genetics or by cutlural upbringing.
I believe that ethnicity is determined by upbringing and
environment -- language and culture -- especially during a person's
formative years, say 1..14.
>I did notice that you consider the Scottish Lowlanders as Celts. Why?
>It was my understanding that they were Anglo-Saxon as well, but even if
>they had been Celtic speakers a thousand years ago, what would override
>the thousand years of Anglo-Saxon linguistic history to make them "Celtic"
>other than RACE??
OK, there is some inconsistancy which I should elaborate.
In their origins, Lowlanders are primarily Celtic in race, in who
they originally were. However, there were minor Germanic influxes at
several times, and a socio-economic-political dynamic that culturally
and linguistically Germanicised them. However again, there are
elements and features in the Lowland Scotland cultural substratum
which are Celtic.
>Is a Highland baby adopted at infancy and brought up in Germany German or
German, I'd say, as there's no racial difference, and culture
overrides any anyway.
The other perhaps psychological inconsistency is that knowing one's
"racial" origins can give a person an empathy and desire for knowledge
not otherwise motivated -- hence, in part, a revival of interest about
Celtic culture in places like the US or England which are not