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Mythology was an attempt to explain the world around the people of ancient times Instead of using reason and science they used figures or gods or stories to explain what happened in nature around them Along with the many ancient societies in Europe were the Celts The Celts were warlike muscular red-haired wanders Around 500 BC they lived in parts of France Germany and Bohemia Around 400 BC they crossed the Swiss Alps into northern Italy From there they laid siege to Rome With all the different tribes the Celts needed something to bond them together religion most of all mythology Celtic mythology was a collection of a lot of things I found more relating to animals more than anything while researching for this paper Animals in Celtic mythology are tied in with fertility and vitality because they are living moving and growing They also provide vitality and continued life for the tribes through their meat skins and bones In addition they are a connection to the realm of spirits and the gods This connection is seen through their use in the hunt search for secrets and wisdom In addition to representing fertility and wealth boars symbolize courage and strong warriors for they are strong dangerous and very hard to kill Their appearance in dreams and visions also indicates warriors Statues of boars are occasionally found in the company of statues of armed warriors further indicating an association between boars and warriors Fish salmon in particular are associated with knowledge The child that grew to be called Taliesin the wise magician was found in a fish weir The significance of the salmon can be seen in many places Gwyrhr questioned a series of wise animals each one wiser than the previous the oldest and wisest of all was the salmon of Llyn Llyw Cchulainn used the heros salmon leap across the Pupils Bridge to get Scthachs stronghold in order to gain access to
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