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Apr. 11th, 2008 | 12:09 am
posted by: indus_brennii_f in gaulish_recon

As we all know, there's an awful lot of nonsense out there on the internet. When that nonsense concerns the undying gods of our forebears ... well, that's not cool. I'd really like to set matters to right, to the extent possible, in at least one place on the web. So here's a project I've been mulling over for some time, and I'd really like to make a go of it: To build a central, trilingual (French/English/German) online resource for both study and devotion along Gaulish reconstructionist lines. There should be an academic side (comparable to the Greek theoi.com or Nantonos' epona.net) as well as a devotional one (with online shrines where one can leave votive offerings, and practical information on things like holy days, rituals, sacred spaces, divination etc – Nova Roma has some comparable resources).

Is anybody else seeing what I'm seeing? Anyone like to pitch in? Contributions could be of all sorts: prayers, original or traditional; photographs of cult statues, cult objects, sacred landscapes in Gaul; artwork; translations; and of course the intellectual fruits of our long studies. If properly flagged, UPG could even have a place on the site.

I'm convinced that many out there feel sincerely and lovingly drawn to the ancient gods, only to be drawn into shallow DIY theologies, or else discouraged from the way of the gods for lack of a sense of shared community or support. Can we not raise the Gaulish reconstructionist profile a bit? The CR FAQ itself has practically nothing to say about Gaulish reconstructionism, presumably because we're so under the radar (yet unlike the Iron Age Irish, the Gauls are actually known to have called themselves Celts...). What do we all say?

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Jess

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from: stellamaris
date: Apr. 11th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
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Sounds like an amazing idea.

I'm just starting out on this path in light of some recent genealogical research I've done, and I feel totally and utterly at a loss as to where to begin. A comprehensive, high quality online resource would be a big help.

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from: wire_mother
date: Apr. 11th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
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Gaulish Reconstructionism didn't get much coverage in the CR FAQ because we were unable to find any Gaulish Reconstructionists when we were recruiting for the working group. we did what we could, though it was mostly limited to the Bibliography, unfortunately. the same situation applied to Brythonic Reconstructionists.

i, for one, would very much like to see more information on Gaulish Reconstructionism made available, either on the internet or (ideally) with some published books devoted to a practical approach to Gaulish polytheism.

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indus_brennii_f

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from: indus_brennii_f
date: Apr. 11th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
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Yes, I know, it's the chicken or the egg. But we must start somewhere. I'd be happy to put a lot of my own time and money into it; it's a devotional exercise. The problem, though, is that I know that there are gaps in my own knowledge and abilities.

Was the response to your questionnaire disappointing, Eyðimork? Two or three people might be enough to get the balling rolling for this project. (Well, I can start something alone as well, but I know it will have its limits...)

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indus_brennii_f

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from: indus_brennii_f
date: Apr. 11th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I certainly can't. I doubt whether we can speak of a 'community' as such. That's largely why I'm asking for collaborators.

I do know what I do, though, and I know the many things that I've read about the ancients, and I know the ancient religious sites and objects I've been able to experience. My point is, I feel it's time to start building.

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Boadiccea

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from: boadiccea_rocks
date: Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Well, maybe it is not very important because it does not enter in the trilingual possibilities you were talking about, but I'd like to announce that we created, in Spain, a Spanish message board on Celtic Reconstructionism, focusing equally on Gauls, Irish, Welsh... And obviously, as I am the Administrator, I tend to talk more about Gaulish Reconstructionism. I thought that if you want something, you have to do it yourself.

And I would like to support other English-French-German fora/serious websites if they existed, well I would love it, and contribute it anywhere I could. But then I ask again: is anybody out there willing to do so, even knowing that this cult will always remain so little visible?
I'm absolutely ready, though. Count with me, anyway!!

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indus_brennii_f

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from: indus_brennii_f
date: Apr. 10th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the Spanish message board! Bravo. What's the URL? If you or anybody in your acquaintance would like to add a Spanish-language dimension, that would be lovely. I've just been looking at things from the perspective of the Treveri, from which French and German are really essential, and English helpful. But that's not to say other languages should be excluded; far from it.

Wow, it's been a year since I first floated that suggestion, so I might as well give a progress report.

The expressions of good will I have heard have been extremely encouraging. However, I haven't gotten any specific commitments (à la "YES! Count me in -- here's some things I can contribute"), which I suppose is natural, since it was after my idea, not somebody else's. Instead, I've just been slowly assembling my own materials solo. I have nailed down the basic look for the site, an FAQ, specific articles on a variety of topics, and detailed religious profiles of all the tribes in Gallia Belgica and Gallia Lugdunensis. I'm currently doing the same for Germania Superior, with the aim of eventually including all of the Gaulish provinces.

Everything now is in French, but I can translate it into English at the drop of a hat. Finding a good German translator is something I would very much like. Much remains to be done, but I'd say I should have enough finished to come online this summer, with the help of the immortals.

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Boadiccea

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from: boadiccea_rocks
date: Apr. 11th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
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That's the message board URL: http://reconstruccion-celta.foroactivo.com/
To see its departments you have to be registered, for we had some plagiarism problems with a kind of cult leader from South America.

The only thing I can say to you after this is: count with me.

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