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3 Celtic Ancestors


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3 Celtic Ancestors

  1. 1. Temple of St. Brigid‘s Moon & St. Brigid‘s Academy Ancestors ―People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.‖1 Edmund Burke
  2. 2. 2 Ancestors3 Celtic Ancestors King Vercingetorix ( ver-sin-get-oricks) Queen Boudicca LadyKriemhilde(Grimhilde, Hilda, Brunhilda) ―You are the fairies told by your ancestors.‖ Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
  3. 3. 3 AncestorsVercingetorix  "Himself a man of boundless energy, he terrorized waverers with the rigours of an iron discipline."  Caesar, Gallic War (VII.1ff) vercingetorix
  4. 4. 4 AncestorsKing of Warriors  The Romans had been fighting the Gauls — the continental Celts in present-day France — for several years. Most of Gaul was under Roman control.  Vercingetorix (72–46 BCE; appropriately, his name means ‗king of the warriors‘) was very unhappy with the situation and the Romans would soon have to deal with this rebel. rix1.html
  5. 5. 5 AncestorsKing Vercingetorix Vercingetorix came to power in 52 BC, when he raised an army and was proclaimed king at Gergovia. He soon established an alliance with other tribes and took control of their armies, leading them in Gauls most significant revolt against Roman power. Vercingetorix surrendered to the Romans after being defeated at the Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, after which he was imprisoned for five years. In 46 he was paraded through Rome as part of Caesars triumph before being executed.
  6. 6. 6 AncestorsWhy do we honor him?He is theepitome of thefighting-warrior-spirit of theCelts.
  7. 7. 7 AncestorsQueen Boudicca Boadicea (Bowd-i-see-a) in Welsh as Buddug She was the queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
  8. 8. 8 AncestorsThe Queen‘s UprisingBoudiccas husband Prasutagus, ruler of the Icenitribe, who had ruled as an independent ally ofRome, left his kingdom jointly to his daughters andthe Roman Emperor (Nero) in his will.However, when he died, his will was ignored —thekingdom was annexed as if conquered, Boudiccawas flogged, her daughters were raped, and Romanfinanciers called in their loans.So she lead a revolt against the Roman Empire.Roman forces from Britain eventually were victoriousover Boudicca.Boudicca then either killed herself, so she would notbe captured, or fell ill and died.
  9. 9. 9 AncestorsWhy do we honor her? She personifies the power of the warrior, the mother, and the queen.
  10. 10. 10 AncestorsLady Kriemhilde The Lady Kriemhilde (circa 453 A.D.) (A.K.A. Grimhilde, Hilde, Br ünhilde) Wife of Attila the Hun She is best know for her revenge. 66
  11. 11. 11 AncestorsKriemhilde‘s RevengeShe marries Attila in one historical accountand kills him in revenge for the death of herformer husband on their wedding night.Her name means ‗armored warrior woman‘and the English word Grim derives from hername too.In her earliest legends she was originally adaemonic mythical figure representingdarkness and death. 66
  12. 12. 12 AncestorsWhy do we honor her? Instead of coming at it in a direct way, she was subtle. Even fooling Attila into thinking she was willing to be his wife. She never let him know her intent. She represents the power of subtlety and intent.
  13. 13. 13 AncestorsThe Ancestors―Were all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people whocame before us.‖ When could we call upon these ancestors? How would you honor them? Think about how to connect with them and give an example. Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas