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From: Graeme Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
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> This must be two misunderstandings?
> Is the list retricted to Paganism only?
Not that I know of, but when discussing/degrading Paganism perhaps the
discussion should center around Celtic Paganism since this is a Celtic
> Does being a Celt imply some standing stones in the back yard?
***Well, I have them, but I don't think of myself as a Celt since I'm an
American Heinz 57, a Gaelic Traditionalist Pagan perhaps. Nonetheless I'm
finding your diatribe and insinuations against Paganism a trifle annoying
like the pesky skeeters outside this time of year. I've found more
tolerance from my local Mormon bishop concerning Pagan spirituality.
> Why can't you just tell us some good things directly...
> give some beautiful examples of love and mercy and forgiveness,
> of charity and hope etc and so we can all see that what I have said
> is maybe too exaggerated?
Some excerpts from the Audacht Morainn "Testament of Morann", edited by
Fergus Kelly, published by The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, judged
to have been written down approximately 700 CE and contains Morann's advice
for being a good king.
"Here begins the Testament of Morann son of M/oen to Feradach Find Fechtnach
son of Craumthann Nia N/ar. He was the son of the daughter of L/oth son of
Delerath of the Picts. His mother brought him away in her womb after the
vassal tribes had destroyed the nobles of Ireland except for Feradach in his
mother's womb. He came over afterwards with hosts and Morann sent this
Testament to him."
"Let him keep my advice which follows here.
Tell him before every [other] word,
Bring him with every word this lasting advice.
Let him preserve justice, it will raise him.
Let him exalt mercy, it will exalt him.
Let him care for his tribes, they will care for him.
Let him help his tribes, they will help him.
Let him soothe his tribes, they will soothe him."
"It is through the justice of the ruler that he secures peace, tranquility,
joy ease, [and] comfort."
"Darkness yields to light.
Sorrow yields to joy.
An oaf yields to a sage.
A fool yields to a wise man.
A serf yields to a free man.
Inhospitality yields to hospitality.
Niggardliness yields to generosity.
Meanness yields to liberality.
Impetuosity yields to composure.
Turbulence yields to submission.
A usurper yields to a true lord.
Conflict yields to peace.
Falsehood yields to truth.
Tell him, let him be (a) merciful, (b) just, (c) impartial, (d)
conscientious, (e) firm, (f) generous, (g) hospitable, (h) honourable, (i)
stable, (j) beneficient, (k) capable, (l) honest, (m) well-spoken, (n)
steady, (o) true-judging.
I'd type the Irish and the entire piece, but we're getting ready for the
Scottish Festival here this week, and my fingers are a tad achy from
weaving/sewing etc. OT, my old Rabbi used to say that "evil" is what makes
a man get off his duff to build himself shelter.
Latha math an-dr/asda,