[Bruce L. Jones wrote:]
>I would agree, except that I think the entirety of the pseudo-paganism
>that seems rampant in the shoeless dreamer set - most of which is
>insultingly labeled "Celtic" - denigrates any and all honest effort to
>present a dialog of our culture and makes it highly susceptible to
>widespread ridicule from every other group of people we encounter. It is
>getting to the point where I am reluctant to use the word "Celt" any
>longer as many people are now thinking it belongs to the realm of
>neo-nazis, flakes, wackos and weirdos.
Well put, sir. Up until about 5 years or so, the term 'Celt' as a
discription of what I am, was something that existed to a much lesser extent
than the discription of me as being 'Welsh'. Obviously I knew my Celtic
heritage and history, but the term 'Celtic' as a discription was hardly
referred to. Then about 5 years ago I began to use the term 'Celt' alot more
because it identifies the Welsh, Scots and Irish as having a common cause
(total independence from England), and it also describes the
'Brother/Sisterhood' that exists between these Countries. I think it also
distinguishes those Welsh people who are Welsh because of birth and those
Welsh people who identify more stongly with their history and current
politics. For example, (IMO only) a Welshman who identifies with being
'British first' and is happy with the Westminister system of administration
(and has no desire to speak Cymraeg) would probably not refer to himself as
being a Celt. However, a Welshman (or woman) who does identify with Welsh
Nationalism would probably identify with the discription 'Celt' because of
its historical origins of separateness from Andlo-saxon history. Hence the
term 'Celt' imparts an historical and political discription of what I am.
However, because of the recent fadism of all things 'Celtic', I now feel the
same sense of difficulty as Bruce in discribing myself as such. A few years
back, you could strike-up an interesting conversation with anyone about
being a Celt and what that means. Now it feels like you're just another
Arthurian/Ossian romantic because of all the Celtic 'wannabees' out there.
Hwyl -- Mike.
Ps. I have the greatest respect for people on this list (like Danielle and
Sharon H.), I just wish what they practised didn't have the word 'Celt' or
'Celtic' in its title.