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8. The Celts of Europe

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In today's episode, we dive into the creation myths of the Celts. The history of the ancient Celts comes to us primarily from texts by Classical authors. These include the likes of Herodotus and Hecataeus of Greece. Julius Caesar also chronicled much of their history and many of their tales. Some sc
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In today's episode, we dive into the creation myths of the Celts. The history of the ancient Celts comes to us primarily from texts by Classical authors. These include the likes of Herodotus and Hecataeus of Greece. Julius Caesar also chronicled much of their history and many of their tales. Some scholars suggest that the origins of Celts can be found in the Hallstatt culture of central Europe. Academics date it to the ninth century B.C. Others trace Celtic origins to an aristocratic warrior culture prevalent in Europe in the fifth century B.C. This was known as the La Tène culture. By the fifth century B.C., Celts were a major power in most of Europe and as far east as Galatia in modern-day Turkey. The Celts were co-inhabitants of Europe, along with the Romans and the Greeks, and were involved in numerous battles against the two. Records suggest that in 390 B.C, the Celts overran and sacked Rome. They also fought the Grecian armies in 279 B.C.They migrated to the British Isles beginning in the fifth century B.C, and a culture unique to the islands developed over the next centuries. Cultures that can more conveniently be categorized as Irish or Welsh, for example, rather than Celtic.In this episode, we discuss three of the more prominent creation myths that are ascribed to these peoples. There are multiple creation myths in the Celtic cosmology. Celts, after all, did occupy most of Western Europe. Many tribes or regions would have had their own tales. Furthermore, these tales were mostly documented by the Romans and the priests and monks of the Christian church. Attempts were made by these scribes to incorporate the Celtic myth as a part of Roman or Christian cosmology.I hope you enjoy the stories. If you do, please leave a rating and feedback. Share and subscribe! Your patronage would help us immensely!Follow us on Twitter at @storiesthtmdeusThe music used for the episodes are either free to use, or under creative commons license. Below are their links and attributions -Destination UnknownArtist: Ugonna OnyekweSource: YouTube Audio LibraryA Face in a CloudArtist: Nathan MooreSource: YouTube Audio LibraryTurning SlowlyArtist: Ugonna OnyekweSource: YouTube Audio LibraryParzivalArtist: William RosatiSource: YouTube Audio LibraryTime Passing By by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Artist: http://audionautix.com/Angevin - Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200110Artist: http://incompetech.com/Chasing TimeArtist: SYBSSource: YouTube Audio LibraryYour SuggestionsArtist: Unicorn HeadsSource: YouTube Audio Library
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