An incredibly researched post on the values of our ancient Irish ancestors, from Ali. Our society would be far better if we lived by the same principles. There are some of us who, however imperfectly, do strive to live this way in our day to day lives. Our world is still incredibly violent and stuck in the fear of separation, the pain of turning away from each other, refusing people who look and think differently, standing by the wrong things, deceiving ourselves, trading respect for whatever seems more important. It can’t go on that way. I hope for a braver, wiser, interdependent world, and aim to live accordingly. Our ancestors struggled with these same things, but their laws and values shed light on a way of being human that we collectively seem to have forgotten.
6 Founding Principles of Ancient Irish Society
I’ve long felt that our ancient Irish ancestors were far more advanced and civilised than we give them credit for. Not simply because of the amazing engineering which went onto the construction of the stone structures they left behind in the landscape, but through all that I have learned about their beliefs and way of life from reading their stories in the ancient texts. Topped off by the extraordinary Brehon Laws which governed their society.
During my research, I came across the work of Alexei Kondratiev. He was an author, linguist, and teacher of Celtic languages, folklore and culture in America until his death in 2010. He considered himself to be both a Neo-pagan and a Christian, could speak all six Celtic languages, and several native American languages too. He was a very accomplished scholar and teacher, with qualifications in anthropology, linguistics…
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