Who are the Celts?
The Celts are a population which was organised in tribes and they spent their life as nomad people.
On top of their society there was the king who was the tribal leader who fought against the populations which attacked them; then there were soldiers who belong to the aristocratic class and fought too.
In their society were also very important the druids who were the Celt’s priests. They were esteemed a lot because they didn’t deal just with religion but also with medicine,justice and education.
The Celts were pagans, therefore they worshipped natural elements such as the Sun, the Moon or water;they always tried to communicate with the spiritual world through sacrifices. They made offerings of precious objects
They also believed in immortality and in the trasmigration of the soul from one person to another.
There was also another important class which was composed by freemen, who used to deal with other activities such as hunting, fishing, agricolture and metal working; infact they traded iron,tin, silver good, pottery and clothes between tribes.
Though tatooing was not a Celtic tradition, Celtic knot tattoos became popular in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.
The most important Celtic tatoo was the Triquetra which represents one of the famous celtic symbol and it is divided in three parts that could mean:
1. the past, the present and the future
2. the birth, the life and the death
3. the body, the soul and the spirit
4. the mercury, the sulfur and the sault for alchemists
In this tipe of symbol the circle in the middle rappresents the perfections. It could also mean three female faces: the virgin,the mother and the elderly.
Today we can find some remains from their culture such as their language which has remained as Welsh in Wales and Gaelic in Scotland; even because when the Romans arrived in England they didn’t conquer those parts where today Gaelic and Welsh are spoken.