> It's worth mentioning here that major pre-conquest cult sites in
> Gaul such as Ribemont-sur-Ancre and Gornay-sur-Aronde have yielded
> nothing of note in the way of concrete representations of the gods.
> Jean Louis Brunaux, the foremost scholar of pre-roman Gaulish
> sanctuaries, has said "we are not even quite sure that they [the
> gods] assumed human shape before the conquest." The custom of
> representing the gods in physical, and generally human, form was
> part of the cultural baggage of romanization, and forms and
> attributes the divine figures clearly borrowed heavily from
> Greco-Roman models. It's very difficult in retrospect to tell
> what's indigenous from what's not. The penchant for triplism does
> seem to be one of the indigenous attributes.
That was really very interesting... and your phrase "nothing of
note in the way of concrete representations of the gods" gave me
a little chuckle, and made me wonder if the lack of
representation of gods was more a result of a preference for
working in wood rather than stone.
Because... preconquest Gaul had had many years of exposure to Greek
civilization... at least enough to adopt their writing. Julius
Caesar said in his Gallic Wars that when they entered the
encampment of the defeated Helvetii they found - among other
things - a complete census, including names and number, written
in Greek, of all the tribes who had participated. (he later had
another census taken in order to determine how many had been killed).