> I notice you cite figures from "Roman Gaul" and "Roman Britain".
> Do they predate Constantine and the Christianization of the Roman
Hi Gary... that's a good question, and could have some bearing on
whether or not Christianity impacted on 'triplism', 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). It also seems to me that the
Holy Roman Empire was from circa 9th Century A.D., although I
suppose Christian influence was a growth industry ever since
about 33 AD.
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).
[Can anyone confirm or correct that information, I have none of
my books here.]
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.
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