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When thinking of Celtic religion the first thing that comes to ones mind is generally Druidism and maybe even Stonehenge There were many other components to religion in Celtic society before the Common Era and they were integrated within the daily life and still remain part of the culture The sources available are mostly second hand or legends that have become christianised over time but we can still learn a lot about their beliefs and how they were intertwined with daily life The people who lived 25000 years ago were in awe of nature They believed that each aspect of nature such as rain rivers thunder and all other natural evens were personified with their own deity This assigning of Gods to naturally occurring events is called Animism The ancient people believed that a God controlled the rain a different God controlled the wind and most importantly a God controlled the hunt Archaeological evidence suggests our ancestors made use of what is called sympathetic magick To have a successful hunt the tribe would make a life-like version of the animal they hoped to kill and would act out the hunt They believed that this would positively affect the real hunt Among animism and sympathetic magick there was also a Goddess of fertility There was a high mortality rate and to procreate the fertility of women and men was extremely important The Goddess represented childbearing fertility of people the earth and animals and She was as important as the other Gods were There is also evidence that our ancestors had a great belief in life after death and an example is gravesites of the Gravettians 22000 - 18000 BCE This culture would bury the deceased in full clothing sometimes with hisher dog and with everything else one might need in the afterlife a tradition similar to that of the Egyptians Individuals were also frequently buried under the familys hearth so that the deceased
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