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Did the Celtic gods die?
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I've been reading some celtic myths - mainly Irish and Welsh - and I've noticed that a lot of the tales talk about the celtic gods as if they're a thing of the past. I suppose when the myths were first recorded, the celtic cultures of those places would've probably been a thing of the past to the authors. In the Children of Lir story explicit reference is made to the death of the Tuatha Dé Danaan - In the version I read anyway (Ellis Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends).

For those interested in celtic culture or who worship those gods, what do you think about this? I've read of druids who take inspiration from the celtic myths and gods and worship them, but surely this would be a problem to some?

Sorry if I'm being vague - I'm aware that the Irish celtic culture is very different from the Welsh and Cornish, as well as the other celtic areas. I just want to know if anyone else has been confused by this?

Thank you xx

Blessed be,
Nymree.
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Re: Did the Celtic gods die?
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Part of the problem here is that the Celts had an oral tradition and did not write down their myths and legends. These stories were not written down until several centuries after the Celtic peoples had been Christianised and they were written down by Christian monks. To their way of thinking the Celtic gods were dead or had never existed at all

But there are thousands of modern followers of the Celtic gods who find that these gods remain alive and well in their ancient lands and in the hearts of those who believe in them.

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The celtic gods are still alive, just their influence has weakened. Gods are unkillable as their names binds them into existence. Even if it's just in literature. A god can never truly die, they end up in a sort of comatose state.
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Many consider all the ancient pantheon part of the past and not anything to do with the future.

But in times were Christianity was more dominant because other religions were taboo or illegal the gods of many cultures were considered dead from a lack of worship possibly.
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Re: Did the Celtic gods die?
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This makes sense - you can definitely feel the Christian perspective behind some of these stories, especially in the ones with the evil magician-like Druids!
And the idea of a name tying to a deity is an interesting one, which agrees with my philosophy personally on words and names as spiritually powerful.

Thank you everyone for the responses.
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Celtic gods are just like any other spirit...eternal, no end to their existence... but incorporeal. As a devotee of this deity, I'd say he never really "died", he was rematerialized into the Earth. But this never actually "physically" happened anyway, it is just a metaphor.
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Unsure if you’ve gotten the answer you wanted, but “gods” don’t have a physical body however their energy/spirit still exist. However connecting to them is the issue...
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