Question: What was Lost?
I am interested in the process whereby Celtic Recon creates its traditions and meanings and I am particularly interested in which aspects of traditional Irish culture are brought to bear on this.
As such I wonder if anybody would be willing to share their views on Ireland from 5th Century onwards. This period shows the acknowledgement by the European church of some Christians living in Ireland, bishops being sent there or appointing themselves there, the founding of churches, monasteries, etc., production of written texts, a learned culture that certainly by 7th century had confidently incorporated many aspects of Christian and Classical teaching and was attempting to emphasize the importance of monastic spiritual authority over secular political authority.
Without a doubt it is a period seeing many **new ideas being incorporated into the bedrock of Irish culture** as it emerges into history by way of its own writings and my question is this: what specifically do you think **disappeared from Irish culture** during this period especially in terms of pre-Christian religious thought and/or practice?
I am very grateful for anybody willing to share their views on this, and also what specifically is seen to be in need of being reconstructed in general.