The most intelligent response I have heard in regard to why people want to
identify with their celtic roots. As a first generation (on my Mom's side)
American, and a 50th generation (my father's side) Irish-American, I am very
happy that people are looking to their Celtic roots for their own ancestry,
spiritual practices, genetic inheritances, etc. I find the farther back I
go, and then study that history in depth, and follow it to the present day, I
understand people's of other cultures in much more depth. We have all been
part of culture's that have oppressed others and have been oppressed
themselves. There have been more than one holocaust in history (many!)
including the Irish in the Great Hunger. The Celts also were warriors and
killed lots of other people, including the original aborigine people, the
Tuath DeDannan. Irish immigrants were oppressed in Ireland and when they
first came to the U.S. Irish immigrants then became great oppressors of
Blacks in the U.S. And so on, and so on.
That's not all there is to our Celtic culture, we also have a rich history of
music, spiritual practices (druidism), arts and artisian, etc. which is to
say we have also given alot to the world!! And we, of course, should be
proud of our roots.
I think, like you Sarah, that it is great that people are researching their
roots. It evenutally leads to people feeling part of the bigger human
community of the world, as we begin to see we really are, at the core of it
all, very similar to all other cultures, and also distinctively us.
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