> I haven't actaully made up my mind about the way things are, but I do
> find it more probable that how we understand the past over time
> changes, rather than stays the same. My argument is not to critique
> people for 'oversimplifying'. Rather, my interest lies in the hows
> and whys of choice of story. And my take on roots is no more
> ridiculous than the tautology that if it seems celtic, it is celtic,
> because, still, everyone seems to be avoiding a definition of the
> celtic. It seems to me--and this is not a critique, because cultural
> self-identification always revolves around this--that it is some
> vague sense of 'belonging' (like Benedict's IMAGINED COMMUNITIES), an
> emotional gut reaction which becomes concretised as Celtic so that
> there is some 'real' concrete image on which to hang your identity.
Perhaps the definition of Celtic is a dynamic one, Angela. Actually,
I think that's not only true, but that the meaning of Celticness for
Americans or Canadians -- or perhaps Australians, is quite different
from that of people who live in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, etc.
(what I know as the "Celtic" countries.)
So I'd like to ask everybody what you DO that reflects your Celtic
identity. Are you a passive Celt who simply takes on the "other" -
and claims it as your own, or have you found ways to take action in
your life that confirms this identity???
Interesting (to me, at least :) I am probably a Celt by the definitions
I've been reading here, but I think of myself as a "mutt".... a mishmash
of Northern European, mostly British Isles and northern France... So I
never refer to myself as a Celt. But I Do love the music and I play a
little bit of it whenever I get the chance. I am also fascinated by the
Scots Gaelic songs and stories, and when I visit those old stones and
even some of those wonderful people, I really like being there. The
language, however, is possibly forever beyond my grasp -- we'll see.
I decided it might be time to join your discussion -- I'm also in LA
and at UCLA, where we are feeling the effects of the affirmative action
vote... Very strange! And living in LA Is different from what I think
outsiders expect. For example, living here during the riot a couple of
years ago was Extremely scary - no matter what color we were.
So what do you-all DO that's Celtic? And if it's something like eating
haggis, have you traced it back somehow? And How is that more than
just a fascinating game for you? Is this an active identity?
So far, it's been really fun to read this discussion.
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