At 08:17 AM 12/20/98 , mike brown wrote:
>I think the problem with all this Celtic spirituality and
>re-constructionalism, is that it appears to be the Western World's lastest
>fad. I think this could be potentially dangerous for the various Celtic
>cultures as fashions usually get 'picked-up' by commercial corporations who
>then distort them out of all proportion to fit a certain commercially
>palatable image. For example, 10 years ago I would have stopped someone
>wearing a Celtic-knot tattoo to enquire about their heritage etc. Now
>they're 'ten-a-penny'. People wear them because they look 'cool'
>(dickheads), and not for any serious Celtic symbolism. Ditto with the latest
>'Celtic' music scene. It used to be a real 'buzz' to inadvertantly walk into
>a pub where a Celtic band were playing - not any more. Now they play
>anything from Enya to the theme tune from 'The Titanic'. It seems to be more
>of a commercial thing, rather than just music being played for a good
>'crack'. I guess this list could go on (films like 'Braveheart' etc.). But
>what worries me is, what's next?: Celtic studies graduates telling people
>from Celtic communities what their history is, what their problems are, and
>what they should do to correct them? Who knows, eh?
>Hwyl -- Mike (who is "fond" of his language and culture).
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