Celtic history is steeped in mystery. You’ve no doubt heard of the Celts, but because they left behind no written records, what we know about them can often be chalked up to myth and legend. Contemporaries and frequent enemies of the Roman Empire, these warriors were quick to fight, and vicious in attack.
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10. They Probably Didn’t Originate in Ireland
9. The Romans Had Nothing On Their Roads
8. They Were Among the First to Utilize Iron Weaponry
7. The Celts Were Hugely Wealthy
6. They Had Slavery… Kind Of
5. They Had Progressive Views on Gender and Sexuality
4. They Weren’t Savages But They Did Hunt Heads
3. The Number Three Had a Huge Significance
2. For Most of Their Existence They Were Polytheistic
1. The Celts Weren’t Really, Well, “Celts”
Love everything about my Celtic ancestors. Nit-picking #1 : I know there were no tape recorders back then but I am sure her name is pronounced Bow -di-kah. Bow as in arrow. Britain's first national hero was a woman.
Celtic executions finds have matched the homosexual execution by the Germanic tribes both being executed in similar ways and some of the Germanic methods are to deal with being drowned like being held under water to being tied to a weight or log and thrown in bodies of water and others are suffocation and strangulation and being buried alive and the water executions where a very close match and its possible that he is mixing up Celts and Romans who conquered the Celtic tribes and those who where copying Rome.
"They probably didn't originate in Ireland.. I know your mind is blown..." yeah my mind us blown by how moronic and pretentious Simon manages to be. Simon is so moronic, he believes that writing was invented in Europe.
i totally dispute, the so called well known fact, the Celts, or any iron age society, performed ritual human sacrifice, the fact that we find bodies, killed in a similar way, dose not mean ritual, it could also be judicial, even in the last hundred years we killed ppl "ritually" in many countries, if you call hanging (England) (guillotine) France, America electric chair, in america they still do kill ritually by injection ect, and its arguably religious in america, rather than judicial, i contest that religious ppl doing archaeology, preferring to interpret their findings with religious meaning, meaning that just isn't there, is why we now think all bog mummy's were ritual murders, they could just as well be rapists, murderers or pedophiles, caught and killed judicially by their societies.
Also Julius Caesar conquered Gaul so quickly, because the Gauls were already civilized, with roads and towns throughout. So he just had to default the Gallic tribes at Alesia and he had the whole country in the bag. This was in stark contrast to Germanic tribes of the time across the Rhine, who did not have an urban culture and lived in scattered and decentralized homesteads in dense forests. Very difficult to conquer; Battle of Teutoburg Wald.
You missed the bog bodies, although you said you would come to that. To be fair to the Celts, this sparse and individual form of human sacrifice (of adults, possibly of chiefs) was probably practised by most northern European pre-Christian societies (including Germanic tribes) for pagan religious reasons. The sacrifice of a chief is a possible votive offering to the gods of nature to exorcise bad harvests or climatic conditions.
why do people paint a culture that woman more rights then man patriarchal ? hell the celts share almost the same culture has the spartans the only reason sparta had king it was cuz sparta was a military state that didn't had wall so its man were the wall. Athens was a true patriarchy.
Re 5: Why would you call unchristian views 'progressive' in a pre-Christian society? Were the ancient Greeks 'progressive' concerning gender and sexuality? No, they were quite conservative, but their ethics were different from Christian dogma, which came later.
The celts are the lost israelite tribes mentioned in the bible (the northern kingdom.) I never liked these top tens because of the presenter, thought I'd give it a punt as it's about my people, if the first 'fact' is that the celts didn't originate in Ireland then you are retarded - pillock.
Yes, that enabled St Patrick to convert Ireland into a Catholic country. The idea of the Trinity was familiar to the Celts in Ireland and thus accepted. Also, the Irish Celts coexisted and protected the Druids, looked to the Druids for spiritual guidance. Thus the idea of Priests was also easily adopted and familiar; as religious rulers or keepers of the religion or men to be revered. St Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Christian Holy Trinity. The religions melded together, hence, The Celtic Cross. A crucifix, with a Sun and Spirals added to it. And it survives to this day forever linking Ireland to its ' history and ancestors.
Hello everyone (sorry for my bad english), I am a proud pagan from France and I just began a new Instagram account dedicated to pagan, nordic and celtic culture in general, if you’re interested, check celticart67 on Instagram, thank you!
The celts came from north of the Danube in Serbia
That is why they found 1500 old Serbian words from the Balkan language in the old Gaelic language they were called gety or gets warrior tribes
This is known by Serbian academics
Does anyone fact check these at all? The claim that the Celts invented iron weapons isn't just wrong, it's ridiculous. The oldest iron weapon found dates to about 2500 BC, and middle eastern civilizations were producing them in quantity by 1200 BC, when the ancestors of the Celts were still in the bronze age.
+Aaron Z Yeah I agree, it makes sense to do it I think, if you know your neighbor already uses an established written system, it makes sense to learn that system instead of trying to make a new one in early times. Because they become "trading languages" that a whole region can use to communicate as a larger whole for trade and exchange. Like you mentioned greek, that was the main trading language of the middle east 2000+ years ago, even though tribes could do "in group communication" with their local dialect, they needed a more mainstream system to communicate with the outside world. So International languages were borrowed. The Celts used Latin mainly.
+Londinium Armoury He probably meant that they didn't have an indigenous written language- but to be fair, almost no one did in ancient times. There were just a handful of languages that had a written form, and it was more practical and convenient to just learn one of those languages (Sanskrit in India, Latin, Greek or Phoenician in Europe, etc) than to invent or adapt a whole new system- especially in an era when most people were illiterate anyway. The idea that every language needs its own writing system is a very modern one.
So they didn't fight naked except for that beautiful necklace? Like the sculpture the Dying Celt? Okay, I guess not. Did the women also fight? I hope you are going to tell us. I have always been fascinated by the history of the Celts. But, dear Mr. Historian, I have one correction for you: The word isn't "jew la ree", it is "jew ul ree" or "jewel ree" like the word "jewel" with a "ry" tacked onto the end. Sorry, it's a personal pet peeve. Please tell me you don't also pronounce the word "nuclear" as "new cue lur"? It is "new clee ur", which you can tell if you simply look at how it is spelled. But maybe you don't do that. Maybe you just can't see how "jewelry" is spelled.
I am a Belgian Celt from the tribe of the Nervii. Julius Caesar called us the bravest of the Celts. There were Belgian Celts in Britain before the Romans came. Belgian Celts lived next to the Britons and were a family tribe. Belgian Celts . Germanic tribes(The Franks) came in Belgium from the North/North-East and we lost a lot of our Celtic languages but not our Celtic DNA. From the original 12 tribes, people from 4 Belgian Celtic tribes lived on bothe sides of the channel. Some cities in Britain have been founded by them. There is Belgian Celtic DNA in the UK or some parts of the UK. In the South.
Personally, I think having a person serve the family of someone they victimized is a great idea. Perhaps not for life, but it makes a lot more sense than throwing someone in a cell and having taxpayers be responsible for feeding their worthless selves. Maybe a system that dictates a certain number of months or years depending on the crime and the impact on the victim and/or their family. As for the feeding and housing part of that, well, I haven't thought in that much detail yet. :P As for the head hunting, I think it's a great strategy actually. It's gruesome and violent and invokes fear. Whether or not there's a spiritual component or not, you're gonna make quite a bit more of an impact on your enemies.
I enjoyed your video. 1 spot of contention, the Y chromosome DNA for the "Celtic peoples" starts in the middle East, follows a path through Turkey, Greece, northern Italy, down around the Iberian peninsula back up to finish in the British Isles.
Fred Garvin So when they talk about "the Germanic tribes" they are a culture and not a race to you too then. Every historian in the world knows that the Celtic people conquered places and immigrated to places in the British Isles. DNA evidence strongly suggests that around 7000 years ago people from Spain and central and eastern Europe migrated to the British Isles at the same time that was mainly Celtic territories. Coincidence or just common sense to say most Brits have Celtic blood?
+Matt Jonson What stories are there of Irish female warriors? Enlighten me. If you're referring to characters like Medb and Scathac you do know that's fiction right? Intended to be sensational and out of the ordinary. Also they don't even partake in any actual fighting so to say you're clutching at straws is an understatement. Don't comment on things you know nothing about. The point of the Tain is to show that women shouldn't be at the head of army as Medb's campaign leads to disaster. Emphasised by Fergus' quote "That is what usually happens to a herd of horses led by a mare".
+Fred Garvin Well what defines a people? Culture, language, history, genetics. It's more than just DNA. The Welsh people are Celtic because they speak a Celtic language and are genetically distinct from the English.
So many things wrong on this. Who associates Celts with Ireland only? A homeland in central Eeurope is a mistaken history theory well now outdated. I think a bit of reading about the Celts one have helped!
+Fred Garvin The inhabitants were a mixture of Hunter Gatherers who were slowly subsumed by the Neolithic Farmers originating from Turkey. The Indo-Europeans invaded in the Bronze Age and wiped them out. The Celts were Indo-Europeans. The term Briton must also be Indo-European because it survived into the Iron Age...
+Aria Isara The fog has finally cleared re who the Druids were, the priests of the Indo-Europeans. The Bell Beaker People invaded the UK and within a short space of time 90% of the natives were wiped out. So Druids today identify themselves with the people who exterminated the people who built Stonehenge. The irony is quite remarkable. Whenever you go to these old megalithic sites you can't deny amongst the confusion of emotions experienced a great sense of sadness. That's because genocide happened to the builders...
The Celts' origins are now established, (through linguistic and DNA analyses,) to have been on the Atlantic coastal seaboard from present day Portugal to Ireland and Britain. The former hypothesis of their origins in south-central Europe has proven false on the basis of the dating of DNA markers and technical, algorithmic linguistics putting them on the sea coast long before the first millennium BC.
I know you have to shill for ol shekelstein but the progressive views thing isn’t that they had an ideology, they were just more attached to their primal side, like most warlike cultures. They most certainly did not have progressive beliefs.
More than you know. The early industrial revolution and physics was began by Celtic brains; James Watt, Richard Trevithick, Adam Smith, William Thomson (1st Baron Kelvin), James Clerk Maxwell and so on...
As a Welsh person why the hell would I think that Celts originated in Ireland when we actually pre date the Irish anyway?! Our language is the oldest in Europe which proves that!
When talking about so called Celts the Welsh often get forgotten or get over looked by Ireland despite the fact that we still have our language and traditions.
But no we're not actually Celts, though it's become a common term and I guess easier than saying ancient Britons etc ...
This breakdown was fantastic. I very much value the caveats regarding the veracity of different points informing the listener in effect; "here's the information we have on this bit of evidence." Bravo!
The Gaul's was of mainland Europe . Mainly France ! It is said the Gail's is a reign of France . This goes back before the Iron age. There was many cult's or tribes if you would like to call them that . It is believed that Gual is nortic . That I dont think it is . I am still studying .
probably and more readily from Persian background pre Europe. Thank you Top Tenz -- these facts are far closer to the truth than much of the crap that I have listened to. lol that gay crap is roman reportage and propaganda - still being character assassinated after all these years. Ok we moght have been a tad scared of our ladies but hey we like and still like our beer - pubs are no places for ladies per se and this is where it comes from. After a few jars it was back to the domicile (probably any domicile) and business as usual, bleary eyed and somewhat guilt ridden in the morning albeit. Does it ever ever end the persecution of us Celts. If you had been invaded as many times as us with all them foreigners eyes trying to see how we 'do it', youd be a little shy too.
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