Celtic Creation and Destruction


By: Shawn Pearson

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The Green Man (Celtic symbol)



Creation
There are many myths and stories about the creation and destruction of the Celtics. Something states that before there was anything or anybody on Earth, the sea and land were the only two things on Earth. And where the sea met the land a mare or, a fully mature female horse, was born. She was white and made of sea foam, her name was Eiocha. On land where the land met the sea, a tree grew, a strong and sturdy oak. On the tree a plant grew, whose seeds were formed of the foam tears of the sea. To sustain herself she ate the seeds, these white berries, and they transformed in her. These seeds got her pregnant and she gave birth to the God Cernunnos. The pain was so unbaring that she ripped a peice of bark off a tree and threw it in the sea and the tree transformed by sea and became the giants of the deep. Cernunnos was lonely and he saw the giants of the deeps was a big group. So he mated with Eiocha and out of their union the gods, Maponos, Tauranis, and Teutates, and the goddess, Epona. Eiocha got bored with the land, being a sea-foam, and she returned back to the sea, and she transformed into Tethra, goddess of the deep water.

The new gods and goddess then also got lonely because they didnt have anyone to command or to worship them. The gods and goddess took wood from the one oak tree and made the first man and woman. Cernunnos also made other animals from the one oak tree, the deer, the hound, the boar, the raven, the hare and the snake. He was god of the animals, and he commanded the oak tree to spread and grow, to become a forest home for his children. Epona also made animals, but only horses, mares, and stallions in rememberance of her mother Eiocha. The other gods and goddess also took peices of the tree and made things like weapons and fire.


Destruction

The Celtics ended when everything went down and wrong among the giants of the deep and the gods and goddess on land children of Cernunnos and Eiocha. Eiocha who got bored with land and went back to her orginal sea-foam went back to the sea. Where she transformed into Tethra she heard the giants plotting againt her children. The giants of the deep was jealous of the gods and goddess because they people to control and to worship them and they didnt. They plotted against the gods and goddess of the land to kill them all. So Eiocha warned her children and they had a big battle that eneded in no one surviving.
Cernunnos God of Animals
Cernunnos God of Animals



What do these myths demonsrate about the society?
These myths reveal that in the Irish Celtic society they love to rule and have worshipers. Their government is run by a prime minister that controls everything just like the gods and goddess did. The Irish Celtic society like power and people to praise them. The prime minister controls who does what and who has how much power they had. He also can give and pick whoever he wants and give them a job and that's an example of the gods picking what the new gods and goddess would control. This also shows that Irish people can be really jealous and revengeful people. I say this because the giants of the deep were jealous of the gods and goddess of the land and plotted against them. They tried to kill the gods and goddess of the land because they were jealous of the power the gods and goddess had. Also people of the Celtic society were head hunters. "Amongst the Celts the human head was venerated above all else, since the head was to the Celt the soul, centre of the emotions as well as life itself , a symbol of divinity and of the powers of the other world."(3) This is an example of the Celts being power seekers. The Celts were fierce warriors, but they were also highly skilled artisans, miners, builders, farmers and merchants.
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Loucetios Celtic God of light


Three Myths that relates to the Celtic soceity
1.http://www.jmreinbold.com/cernunnos.html

2.http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Ca-Cr/Celtic-Mythology.html

3.http://www.timelessmyths.com/celtic/cycles.html

Bibliography
1.http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland/deirdre.htm
2.http://irishcelticmyths.com/
3.http://www.celtic-culture.com/celtic_mythology.html