Mike Johnston wrote:
>Hi Gary... that's a good question, and could have some bearing
> whether or not Christianity impacted on 'triplism',
As Dennis wrote, Celtic triplism was inherited from the Indo-Europeans.
In its Celtic form, it predates Christianity by at least several hundred
> however, I
> think of Roman Gaul 1st Century BC and 1st Century AD, and Roman
> Britain as 3rd and 4th Century A.D., (that's just what falls out
> of my memory, not necessarily fact).
J. Caesar conquered Gaul in 58-51 BCE, thus beginning the era of Roman
Gaul. The Roman invasion of Britain occurred 43-51 CE, ending with the
betrayal of Caratacus. The Roman army left Britain in 410 CE. So Roman
Britain began earlier and lasted longer than you said. The Western Roman
Empire ended in 475 CE. The fourth century CE (possibly earlier) marks
the beginning of Celtic Christianity.
> It also seems to me that the
> Holy Roman Empire was from circa 9th Century A.D.,
Charlemagne was crowned on 25 Dec. 800 CE.
> although I suppose Christian influence was a growth industry ever
> about 33 AD.
Actually, Christianity was an outlawed religion in the Roman Empire for
most of the period preceding 319 CE. Only after being sponsored by
Constantine did Christianity become an influential power in the world.
> In addition... I remember reading somewhere that although Padraic
> was being a busy little beaver in Eire throughout the better
> part of the fifth century, according to Bede, the first Brethon
> King to actually convert to Christianity did so somewhere around
> the 7th or 8th Century. (Which would render Arthur and all extant
> Grail lore as highly unlikely pieces of fluff).
Would you please identify what you mean by "Brethon"? If you mean Briton
(as opposed to Breton), there were Christian British kings well before
the first English king was converted in the sixth century.
> Anyway, I had initially thought that as re: Irish Mythology,
> monkish scriveners might have allowed an infatuation with the
> Trinity to color their thinking in re their translation of Irish
> legends... but if triplism is a common theme throughout the
> Celtic pantheon, then such a scenario becomes much less likely.
I think the evidence suggests that this is unlikely. Triplism is a
characteristic of Celtic and other Indo-European deities that long
predates Christianity and there are coins and statues incorporating
triplism that predate Christianity.