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22 April 2006 @ 09:20 pm
Part of Theology section of FAQ  
Here's a rough draft of some of the theology answers.
1 Do you worship The Goddess?
We don't worship a monolithic Goddess that is made up of all other goddesses. We worship individual goddesses, who each have their own unique personality, as well as gods. (Except for certain people who only worship goddesses- or however you want to phrase it)

2 Which gods do you worship?
Deities that were worshipped in ancient Celtic cultures.

3 So you worship all the Celtic Deities?
Not necessarily. Most Celtic Reconstructionists focus on a particular culture, such as Welsh (deities include Don, Lleu, Arianrhod, Gwydion) Gaulish (Taranis, Epona, Cernunnos, Rosmerta)
or Irish/Scottish (Danu, Dagda, Morrigan, Brigid, Lugh).
Besides, there are also some Celtic deities that we know very little about, or ones that were worshipped in the past, but that we have no record of.

4 So should I just pick a Matron or Patron from a list of Deities and swear oaths to Them?
You don't choose a patron deity, they choose you. Not everyone has a patron, and that's O.K. Also you don't need to swear an oath to a deity or anyone else to belong to this tradition. (Heh heh, I'd like to quote the person on this community who said "you don't have to take Lugh as your personal savior or anything")

5 I want to do a ritual, which Deity should I use?
Firstoff, you don't "use" a deity, you honor one. Some holidays and rites of passage may have particular deities associated with them- Imbolc is Brigid's festival, Taillte & Lugh at Lughnasagh for example. Research the customs and traditions surrounding the ritual.
alfrecht on April 23rd, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Just a minor thing: personally, I'd spell it Tailtiu, which is the Old/Middle Irish spelling. (However, I tend to use Old Irish spellings of nearly everything because that's what I'm most familiar with--e.g. Lug, Samain, etc.)
放縱瘋狂的結wire_mother on April 23rd, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
we're trying to edit for Modern Irish for two reasons: standardized spellings and the fact that this is a modern religion.
alfrecht on April 23rd, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Right, fair enough. Still, I don't think the spelling given above is quite right...
放縱瘋狂的結wire_mother on April 23rd, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
oh, true. it should be, i think, "Tailltiu". it's more difficult to edit names to Modern Irish.... ;)

(for completeness' sake, the others are "Lugh" and "Oíche Shamhna", of the examples you give.)
放縱瘋狂的結wire_mother on April 23rd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
and we're using Irish because it seems to be more common - we use Welsh in some instances, and Scots in others, where it is necessary.
seeker_of_pathsseeker_of_paths on April 23rd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
And honestly, from the outside, I commend you on that, and just would offer that something of a FAQ question might address this, saying that while there is not much harm seen in using cross-cultural analysis, there is a certain consistency with using names and customs from a singular culture, as say not using Lugh, or Lugus when working in Welsh, and the like.

Just my own preference, and it seems a good idea for keeping the references in order.
elvengeekelvengeek on April 23rd, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
However, I tend to use Old Irish spellings of nearly everything because that's what I'm most familiar with--e.g. Lug, Samain, etc.)

Hmm, interesting. I'm guessing that's a reflection of your academic background because I'm used to seeing it spelled Lugh, Samhain and such.
elvengeekelvengeek on April 23rd, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
oh, ok. Wasn't really clear on that. I'd suggest a Q/A that addresses the mentality that CRs are all pretentious/have no sense of humor "anal-retentive" etc. granted some of them are- but it's become kind of a stereotype of Reconstructionists in general.
Also something about eclecticism/syncretism, and whether you can worship other gods etc.