> It is certainly not a consistent pattern. Gaelic society has always
> been (from first historical sources) a highly aristocratic one based
> on patriarchy and patrilineal descent, as a general rule, and more so
> as time went on.
Nice point. However, World Wars I and II pretty much decimated the
male population in the Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland, thus
reconstructing the society (they never refer to themselves as
"Celtic", so I will omit that word in this case.) Women were left,
and women raised the children, did the work, sang the laments...
I wonder if you could speak to this phenomenon a bit, since it is
so powerful a part of the present-day identity of those people.
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