> This may not be strictly Celtic-related, or rather only tenuously, but
> there's b
> ound to
> be someone on here who can possibly answer the question. I was watching
> Quest for the Lost Civilisation' on Ch4 last night (UK), the second in a
> documentary, a programme about a mysterious sea-faring group of people who
> the egyptians how to build the pyramids, instructed the Aztecs and Nazcans
> astronomy and built the statues on Easter Island - that is, according to
> this ar
> chap who has made these programmes.
... etc etc etc
you can take it as given that it's all a load of nonsense.
> In one part of it they visited Callanish and demonstrated, using virtual
> as it was
> filmed at the wrong time of year, how if one stood at the side of one of
> the sto
> nes some
> distance from the circle itself and traced the path of the moon on the
> summer so
> it appeared to sink into the centre of the circle when it set.
> Anyway - that wasn't the question. This man (whose name I've typically
> n - I
> think it was Doug something) said that on the summer solstice these people
> who constructed Callanish) believed that a gateway opened between this
> world and
> next and the souls of the dead could travel abroad.
...and he got this info from...? an ancient videotape interview with the
> Now, I thought this happene
> d at
> Samhain, or the night before Samhain (Halloween), at least in Celtic and
> other a
> British cultures. Are there prior cultures in which they believed this of
> the s
> rather than the autumn/winter festival? I could find nothing referring to
> it in
> my few books.
the reason being that a) we don't know who they were, b) they left no
records (or video).
> On the subject of books, is TG Powell's book 'The Celts' a reliable / good
> e of
> information, or are there better ones?
alright. I'm sure that you'll get loads of suggestions... just avoid
anything that claims an extraordinary insight that no other author has
discovered, or claims to provide genuine druidic knowledge etc etc. A good
guide is to look for books written in the last 10 years or so (because they
are more up to date) and written by academics (becuse they a) have a
reputation to preserve, and b) are far more likely to have real expert
knowledge & guidance than non-academics.
that's a pretty unfair piece of advice in that it excludes many good works,
but you'll find I think that good books give bibliographies which can be
taken as guidelines to further study.
generally, scepticism & cross-checking is the key to reaching a fair picture
of current opinion & knowledge.
MAQQI MUCOI AMALGADO