> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 09:20:13 -0600
> From: Bill <[log in to unmask]>
> >Which would be no wonder, as both Celtic and Greek Religion belong to
> >the IE family of Religion.
> It was my impression the the term 'Indo-European' refered to a family of
> languages as different as the Celtic and Italic languages. Does it also
> refer to spiritual or religious beliefs? And, do the beliefs have common
> threads? If so what are they?
IE refers to a group of cultures which are closely related, such as
the Celtic and the Italian, for instance. As such, it refers to
beliefs as well as to other cultural elements.
> >> Was ancient Celtic religion dualistic as you seem to imply?
> >pretty obvious if you read the texts.
> As these texts were written down by Christians, who were and are, eminently
> dualistic, isn't it possible that the dualism was incorporated by them. Is
> there non-textual evidence that would support a dualistic spirituality of
> the ancient Celts?
It is highly unlikely that they put this notion in, as the Celtic
System hereby very closely fits into the general IE pattern. And yes,
there is also non-textual evidence in numerous two-faced head
artifacts, for instance.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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