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Top 10 FASCINATING Facts About the CELTS

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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. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 FASCINATING Facts About the AMISH https://youtu.be/Sq7IhavcyeM?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKEdcdzaYO1HCwvMfQlhzSv Top 10 AMAZING Facts About KAMIKAZE PILOTS https://youtu.be/wqSJIc8_OPc?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJxUxVB7_iVyUoudkWy59vW Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-fascinating-facts-celts.php Coming up: 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” Source/Further reading: https://www.ancient.eu/celt/ https://books.google.com.mt/books?id=f899xH_quaMC&pg=PA1516&lpg=PA1516&dq=celtic+wooden+roads&source=bl&ots=p-Zv9fFy0G&sig=ULgnzHRKyKOG5ZXa3Wqd9QhxTRw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=y3NRUtXfNMmTtQbbp4DIBQ#v=onepage&q=celtic%20wooden%20roads&f=false http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1366468/Roman-road-doubt-discovery-cobbled-built-100-years-invasion.html https://nicoleevelina.com/2013/12/16/celtic-weapons-and-armor/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_warfare#Hallstatt_period_12th.E2.80.936th_centuries_BC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Age_sword https://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/13/who-were-the-celts/ https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/04/celts-great-torque-snettisham-hoard-british-museum-alice-roberts https://books.google.com/books?id=ATq5_6h2AT0C&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=celtic+slaves&source=bl&ots=5NS7r3TWu_&sig=sYtTm4cxuABOs_Hqr2UFhRNCtgs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjj7Kfe3OLRAhVGyGMKHe7JCFkQ6AEIdDAP#v=onepage&q=celtic%20slaves&f=false https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Celtic_women#Social_position https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headhunting#Celts http://www.druidschool.com/page/509240 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_polytheism http://www.livescience.com/44666-history-of-the-celts.html
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Charlie Bronson (2 days ago)
Saying we should take Julius Ceasers accounts on the druids with a pinch of salt but wholeheartedly accepting the same accounts referring to celtic promiscuity and homosexuality. Cuz whatever fits the agenda.
Gabriella Shimone (3 days ago)
I was told Celt is derived from a Greek word for "kilt". Is this true?
Gabriella Shimone (2 days ago)
+Meerim Usubalieva Ah, thank you. What is the Greek word for "kilt", then? I'm just curious and want to know the facts. =)
Meerim Usubalieva (2 days ago)
Gabriella Shimone no,no! In Greek , the word "Celt" will be "Keltoi".
The Idolatrous lot they wete.👽👽👽👽👽
Professor Roundbottom (5 days ago)
3:01 Love those golf pants, Blondie McBarechest. Can I get some of those online? ⛳
MrWizardofozzz (5 days ago)
Well done, but let's remove everything about the Roman empire and this will be a lot more accurate..
Sam boliah (8 days ago)
Patriarchal, because they did not identify as intersectional communists.
Mark O Rourke (9 days ago)
Ask yourself one question about the Celts, how come no written records from their time exists.?
tim b (10 days ago)
so, no writing, had slaves, didn't convert all that gold into an empire , and human sacrifice. they sound so civilized.
Vampir Tara (10 days ago)
A SJW's version of the Celtics, Most of your sources are Wikipedia, not a credible source. And you made sure you made the Celtic men, look like a mess of Queens. Playing nude LeapFrog in the forest, it was more like the Romans. That was purposely done, because why was it even necessary to mention that subject it in the top 10. Now I am of the Druids religion, yes information is very limited on our religion, because it wasn't written down. The teachings were passed on from one to another, along with our Gaelic language. our religion was forbidden by the Romans and persecuted by the Knights Templar. And no one is 100% certain where the Celts came from originally, they are only guessing. Ask for Wikipedia, Wikipedia is written by anyone that wishes to contribute their two cents to an article or page. It is not written by experts in the subject of where that page is.
TopTenz (10 days ago)
Wrong.
John Noxel (10 days ago)
This Guy needs to find a different job like garbage collector
Anthony Ciccariello (18 days ago)
Nice
Digital Concepts (18 days ago)
More lies.
ThisSuitsMe (20 days ago)
Waving your hands about so much is really distracting and annoying
Iain Macmillan (25 days ago)
An idiots guide to the Celts.
Dan Rogers (25 days ago)
Be interested to know if we can find out about the Dobunnie tribe. Pre celts who very possible ended up being the last bastion of Celtic culture in England
Thom Al (26 days ago)
1). The Celts came from the Caucasus mountains 2). The Celts wore kilts to walk around and trousers when they rode horses on the continent. 3). The Celts or gauls or galatians or galileans - Christ was a Galilean, i.e. the son of a Roman captain who was a celt who lived in the galilee, the place where the gauls lived in the holy land.
Heather Meaney (26 days ago)
I thought that Celts were originally Nordic people who migrated to the British Isles.
jackbootbadger (28 days ago)
Pnawn da -)
ZarlanTheGreen (29 days ago)
Bronze swords were quite *superior* to early iron (not steel) swords. The reason that people went over to iron, was simply because it was more abundant and easier and cheaper to get hold of. The Romans kept using bronze, whilst others used iron, because it was better, and they had the organization and resources.
gg (1 month ago)
Ha ha. The celts were german. Now the queen is even german
Jiří Dušek (1 month ago)
Celts originated from Bohemia you know the Boii. And I never imagined celts would be from Ireland. Who even thought that in first place
Nomad (1 month ago)
It's inaccurate to claim that "the celts" originated from ANYWHERE! There are some loose ethnic connections between alot of celtic nations but the term generally applies to linguistic and art categories, not a single people.
ian lewis (1 month ago)
the Romans thought most other tribes were barbarians, they were bias like the American and Soviet media!!!!!!!!
ian lewis (1 month ago)
I am a Rodnovery Pagan, the Celts are my pagan brothers and sisters!!!!
ian lewis (1 month ago)
the 248 dislikes are probably from The Vatican.
Neelia (1 month ago)
Wow !! I'm a Scot (born near Glasgow), but I always believed that the Celts were barbarians that Hadrian tried to keep away from. I'm (reasonably) tall, and my hair is strawberry blond, so I always thought myself to be more Saxon than Celtic. This is the first time I've ever heard the Celts depicted as progressive and inventive !!
Adeel (1 month ago)
I am a Pathan/Pashtun and had an ancestry DNA test done recently. I got around 12% Irish, Scottish, Welsh (Celtic). I have seen the same for many other pathans having Celtic and Nordic DNA and the percentage is fairly high. What happened somewhere within the last 700 years that many Irish and Nordic tribes came to settle in modern day Afghanistan?
Tecumseh Sherman (1 month ago)
I KEEP HEARING HISTORIANS TRYING TO SHED THE "BARBARIAN" TITTLE FROM MANY GROUPS OF OLD BY POINTING OUT THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT KIND OF RUN FAST THROUGH THE INMORAL ASPECTS OF THOSE CULTURES AS TO AVOID BEING STUCK ON THAT UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION. I COULD CARE LESS IF YOU BUILD GREAT CITIES, INVENT WRITING OR WHATEVER; IF THAT CULTURE SACRIFICES HUMAN BEINGS OR COLLECTS HEADS....tHEY ARE BARBARIANS AND SAVAGES. THIS GOES FOR ANY CULTURE, ANYWHERE.
Pepe Chiweenie (1 month ago)
Head hunters? Guess they are still hunting to this day, aren’t we all?
evansdrad (1 month ago)
if the celtic race was born is austria then the foreigners should leave austria and we celts should live in our ancestral homeland of celtic origions if our ancesters came from austria then that is our homeland that means the austrians should give us our homeland back austria belongs to the celts
evansdrad (1 month ago)
im a celt
xeepromx (1 month ago)
I believe that the Picts fought naked and it was an individual thing.
damian goys (1 month ago)
ha ha ha stop smoking ice , it was too cold not even fish could live there in that time
BigGmos1 (1 month ago)
celtic civilization spread out from ireland denying this is what creates mysteries
Sonja Morrison (1 month ago)
Celts are German. ❤️
Pagan Cloak (1 month ago)
_"Calling a Gaul a Celt is like calling a German a European"_ Except that Gaul was not a nationality.
asherasator (2 months ago)
Celt, Gal, Galicia, Galatia & Gaul are regional exonym variations of the same name, even related to Got, Goth, Gat, Jat & Jut. Most of the time these people did not call themselves that. So many names of tribes are generic & related to waves of people from the Caucasus that came into Europe Above & below the Black Sea. They're all interrelated but sometimes various names were given to understand which wave in time or group was referred to... & this has confused many. Scribes describing a group or person would use their various names given from different locations, there was no agreed upon general name from any tribe that would be used all over. So at one point 5-6 names described from different regions were describing the exact same people. Even individuals would have several names & nicknames or described by a particular visual distinction or trait that another scribe wouldn't use the same terminology. Locations were called by many names & spelling, nothing was fixed or agreed upon. So then chronologically scholars tried to layer false histories & linear timelines when it simply wasn't so. All academic ancient history & chronology is completely incorrect.
Amaze Balls (2 months ago)
actually the wicker man and sacrifice was a lie, the romans and greeks did that
Charlot Privates (2 months ago)
where is eburones? isnt that before tungri (tongeren)?
Charlot Privates (2 months ago)
she just runed into the romans without a decend tactic losing almost everybody lol. almost like she paniced and had tunelvison
Charlot Privates (2 months ago)
and how many humans had ceasar killed (sacrifeced) ? like u said only the winner tells the tale
Charlot Privates (2 months ago)
they where wealthy because they did not had a goverment ho was out for there money like today. evrybody was more equal, compare that to the rich and poor in the roman empire
Evan Newcomer (2 months ago)
the picts were thought to fight naked
Jesse Osborne (2 months ago)
I identify as "celtic" but I believe in Asatru. Ironic huh?
Jesse Osborne (2 months ago)
I live in Louisiana
Kernow Forester (2 months ago)
TopTenz, where do you get your research from? Celtic languages, culture and peoples are not exactly the same thing, as Western Europeans adopted Celtic customs and languages quite early in European culture. There is actually no identifiable Celtic peoples leaving a DNA genome as such, as the Celts were a range of cultures, not s ingle people. I am a modern Celt (Kernow/Cornwall), and surprise surprise, we can read and write, so yes we have left written records behind. The Q Celtic speaking Celts (Irish, Manx and Highland Scots), adopted Roman script for writing, as did the P Celtic speaking Celts (the Cornish, Welsh and Bretons). Some old Cornish, Breton and Welsh scripts go back to the 10th C in the case of Cornish, with Welsh being as far back as the 7th C. Irish also has text as far back as the 8th C. Also, Ogham script found in Ireland, Wales and Cornwall/Devon dates back as far as the 4th C. I know of ancient stones with Ogham text on them just a few miles from me. If you mean the continental Celts of the La Tene and Halstatt cultures, then yes, there are no written records I am aware of, but Celtic culture is still alive and well in Western Europe, and has influenced (myths, legends, archaeology etc) much of modern Western Europe, even where the Celtic languages have been lost. King Arthur is perhaps the most famous Celtic myth? From Bodmin, Cornwall.
SJ L (2 months ago)
Your videos would be improved if they focused visually on the content rather than the orator.
Melanie Barrera (2 months ago)
Representing the descendants of the CeltIberian tribes ✊🏼🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇸
Stockavision (2 months ago)
Lots of homophobes in here, bigoted fuckwits that they are...
Ohio Against The World (2 months ago)
"Da-noob River"
Lachlan Buckley (2 months ago)
not bad ay. ur pretty onto it. you should have brought up the The Declaration of Arbroath
Michael Stevenson (3 months ago)
Pretty sure it's pronounced bowtika not bootika
Ella Larkin (3 months ago)
There are some inaccuracies in this video. Here are some facts. The Celts are of Indo-European origin. The Celts in Ireland had a system of law called Brehon law. Under Brehon law, nobody was executed. If a man killed a married man, depriving the wife and children of his labour and support, then the murderer of that man had to work for that man's family for a long time. He was not a slave or even a prisoner, it was a very practical and humane law. The reasoning behind it was that in working with the family every day, the murderer would see for himself the grief that his actions had caused and be truly repentant and that he could atone for his crime by working for the family as long as they needed his labour. If he had a family of his own, he had to work for his own family and the family of the man he had killed. The Celts were not 'head-hunters' but a custom once existed that when there was a fierce battle, and a warrior killed his enemies, after he had killed them he would chop off their heads and these heads would be tied together and worn around the neck of his horse until he got home. This had nothing to do with religion. The heads were 'trophies' to show how great a warrior he was. One of the reasons the Celts were such great warriors, as well as the fact that they were extremely brave, is that the Celts both male and female were extremely skilled in horsemanship. You also didn't mention that the Celts were wonderful musicians, poets and storytellers, that we elected our kings and queens, that we have always shown great respect for the dead and reverence for our ancestors, and there are very many other things you didn't even mention. In fact, this was a very poor video.
Rhys (3 months ago)
What's the background music, really like it, if anyone knows please let me know, thanks
John Colley (3 months ago)
now the evidence is showing that the "celts" may have originated in WESTERN europe including the british isles and NOT east/central Europe
draconiusultamius (3 months ago)
It's like calling someone from North America 'American'.
Matteo Foret (3 months ago)
lol im from ireland
Christopher Felix (3 months ago)
Proto-Celtic culture dates to the 6th century BC, they did not exist in the 8th century and they were not the first to use iron weapons. That started to rise in the 12th century BC after the bronze age collapse.
Geneviève Clignett (3 months ago)
Druids were slavic in origin, so if druids were Celts, the Celts would be a slavic people. Which of course is not true.
leon dillon (3 months ago)
Not Austria,it's Ostria!! The part about the women had the same painting of a mounted redhead used for the story about the Amazons. The Celts became Roman Catholics!!!!!!!!!! It would be about a 1,000 years until someone invented the Christian churches.
5till8 (3 months ago)
TopTenz You should definitely check out Terry Jones’ documentary “Barbarians.” He focuses for a bit on the Celts. It’s remarkable!
Diomedes1962 (4 months ago)
Many 'Irish' people today have no Celtic DNA and are actually Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon in origin.
why does people think the Irish were always sacrificing people? They ate meat after sacrificing the chosen animal to sacrifice.The didn't sacrifice PEOPLE!
Garland Wiggins (4 months ago)
No wonder those Gay's were conquered
Armando Vaiandando (4 months ago)
Tries to put the Celts at the same pedestal as the Romans, it wasn't unlike that Romans didn't had cement or anything like that.
Yahcoved Yahudim (4 months ago)
And news flash “Christianity” was already in Ireland before the catholic arrived!
Yahcoved Yahudim (4 months ago)
This fool is mixing facts about others with the kelt smh
Yahcoved Yahudim (4 months ago)
And no no the patriarchy was brought from outside not from kelts and no they were not that accepting of “gay” but they did understand “trans”
Yahcoved Yahudim (4 months ago)
Stop preaching lies ! They did leave proof!
Luca206 (2 months ago)
Sadly, most of the sources were destroyed....
cnniz fakenewz (4 months ago)
No..the gay part is nonsense..This guy is a homo that’s why he leans towards the perversion
charlie bonifer (3 months ago)
leftists these days and their gay tendencies
Liliene Claire (4 months ago)
The human sacrifice has MEVER been confirmed
Whisper227 (4 months ago)
Personal request for a historical review of the ARMENIAN society.
TheMaster1 (4 months ago)
The Celts also had a ruling system similar to that of the Roman Senate. Instead of having a king, some Celtic tribes formed a sort of semi-democracy where the leaders of individual tribes convened to make decisions together for all their tribes.
Lanla Colan (4 months ago)
The celts didn't left behind any written record or documents because they didn't have a written language.
Whitney Connolly (3 months ago)
In Ireland, all the Druids were killed by the Romans. Any materials demolished. Yes, the Romans would eliminate any material not considered important to them. 'St. Patrick' later in history, and taught in Rome, made sure any written material in Ireland was destroyed and only Christian material & writing could be allowed.
John Martin (4 months ago)
I love the feeling of chainmail banging against my junk...
Doris White (4 months ago)
Kelts is the correct pronounciation. There is no soft "C" (s) sound in the Celtic (Keltic) language.
toma ocatvian Puiu (4 months ago)
do Dacian top 10fascinating facts
Gautam Chatterjee (4 months ago)
Hindus also believe in reincarnation
Bryan Wölfe (4 months ago)
Oh shut up it’s scientifically proven that the Celts originate in northern Spain. Then they migrated to Ireland and so that’s why Irish people and Spaniards are so similar and they get along so well. Irish people are pretty much Spaniards. If you watch Irish people take their DNA test you will see that they all have Spanish Ancestry in them
Whitney Connolly (3 months ago)
It's said that when the Spanish Armada wrecked off the coast of Ireland, a lot of sailors & horses made it to shore. That helped with a lot of the dna stuff.
Damian O'Reilly (5 months ago)
Erm, they DID leave written records.... they had a form of writing called Ogham.... 20 seconds in and already thinking "stop!"
Damian O'Reilly (5 months ago)
And confusing Gaels/Gauls with the Celts
bert bertson (5 months ago)
Your facts are well off, it was the pixts that went head hunting and the Romans would do the same.. this is what happens when a English man trys to respeak the history of the land
bert bertson (5 months ago)
If you ever put my ancestors and heritage in the same bracket as the free gay loving Romans again you will be found and you will be thought a celtic lesson
flydye45 (5 months ago)
Any time you say 'some people say', I understand that your writer/editor has cherry picked some theory which is clearly not in the mainstream but a) either fits into their personal preferences or b) sounds far better and more shocking for clickbait or c) both. It lacks credibility.
Steveniswho (5 months ago)
why is this kraut on every channel I see
Steveniswho (5 months ago)
Its not really generalized
Steveniswho (5 months ago)
Number 1 is kinda wrong, they had similar cultures, they have their own language group, and they are a European subrace.
Lucio Anneo Seneca (5 months ago)
Outdated info in vídeo, check the latest results of archaeology investigations: New findings in almost 3000 years before the Hasllstat of proto-Celtic villages, in La Coruña, in Ourense, and in the western end of the principality of Asturias in northern Spain, make some authors think that the Celts had their birthplace in Spain and advanced to the Pyrenees, Catalonia, and southern France, and then emigrated to Eastern Europe and the British Isles. For many years Celtic history in Spain has been understudied, and in recent years, in which this people have been studied in depth, great discoveries have been made. This theory is very likely to be true, since in Northern Spain, it is the second place (after Ireland) where the Celtic culture is pure, apart from the fact that it is extremely old, and furthermore, new discoveries have supported this theory. The possible Celtic origin, in Galicia and Asturias, has resulted in a clash between traditional or commonly called "Desktop Historians" and archaeologists, who have been the greatest defenders of this new theory.
Jack Reynolds (5 months ago)
DNA evidence and written records in Scotland both indicate that the Celts originated in Turkey about 6,000 years ago. They followed the most common of all migration paths the seas, first the northern Mediterranean coast line from Turkey to Spain, then the Atlantic coast line northward, until they arrived in the British Iles.
Gordon Fiala (5 months ago)
We never heard any timestamps To recognise which references you are making to history.
jardon Jones (5 months ago)
as roman and greek writers , the western civilsations were ignoring ,misunderstanding or even creating propaganda: for their enemies... one of the first (tribal people, as nothing more than savage-barbarians, history is written by those who win, not those who loose..., at the very least, in the modern sense, the roman empire and its exapnsion was promoting (barbarian-cultural genocide, not unlike africa,yugoslavia during the 20th century**, the romans too other cultures too like the carthaginian empire: their biggest rivals...) as for roles of women,sexuality, that is intresting in the modern sense..., before the (common-christian era, was pagan little if anything is read or known about irish-scotish or welsh history ,except the braveheart film and that is a great shame**, the last kingdom,vikings,game of thrones dramatic and popular fiction: at the very least inspire the greatest of stories...but true real history, is forgotten about or rarely known... writing to the celts, was sacred, the bardic-poetry-artist tradition: the eisteddfod a modern festival with ancient roots...
Jerry Atric (5 months ago)
"Left behind no written records" false. The Romans just destroyed it all.
Eidolon Specus (1 month ago)
Romans destroyed what related to druidism and the works of celtic philosophers (which are mentioned by some greek sources) because druids were specifically outlawed to prevent organized resistance. But the rest wasn't so much "destroyed" as it simply stopped being reproduced. Celts didn't write on stone much. Parchments and wood tablets rot away if not actively preserved.
Vangos Hector (5 months ago)
Not only Celts don't originate from Ireland but also Swiss, Austrians and Bavarians are genetically more Celtic than the Irish people, even nowadays :)
j p (5 months ago)
Don't judge. Many of us go head hunting on a nightly basis.
Jim Green (5 months ago)
10) duh-NOOB River?? I've never heard it pronounced that way! My dictionary agrees with the way I've always heard it pronounced--DAN-yoob (Danube), with no alternative pronunciations given..
The celts survived and endured in the British isles and it was their religious heartland. That’s why they’re associated. Also, Roman roads are still used today. Let’s not be afraid to make value judgements. A trail reinforced with wood isn’t a Roman road.
Peter Grossett (5 months ago)
What about when they won the European cup in 1967?
Brandt Sommers (6 months ago)
"winners write history"
Scientific Humanist (6 months ago)
I noticed on your map the tribe of ‘Boii’. The Germans to the West called that land ‘Boioheim’ which gave rise to the name ‘Bohemia’, the old name for the Czech Republic. In the 5th century, a Slavic tribe, the Czechs, settled there and probably assimilated with the Boii (I would hate to think they wiped them out). This is where I was born and found out, upon DNA analysis, that my maternal marker is most densely represented on the West coast of Europe. So, I may be more Celtic than Slavic. Just thought I’d throw that into the debate.
Geowyn Leda (6 months ago)
Now I have to listen to Clannad.
candy lion (6 months ago)
The Celts didn't keep written records? I heard that they did keep some, not tons, but that all written records got destroyed when they were forced into Christianity. It was a way to try to wipe out the Celtic religion. A Lot of their artwork was destroyed too.
This name is cool (10 days ago)
Celts believed that language and words were powerful and magic basically lol. Druids were scholars and poets but also apparently had magic powers according to the Celts, I think that the druids were so magic to them because they were poets and they tended not to write things down because again, words were powerful. Many documents were also destroyed which was sad to see.
BigGmos1 (1 month ago)
the art work was taken to england and called anglo saxon
Adam Roodog (6 months ago)
Apparently king tut was a celt. They did his DNA and he was related to 70% of the men of great Britain, ireland and Brittany. Work that one out and i'll give you a dollar.

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