Robot Emperor wrote:
These ghosts of British Paganism may be extant today in those rituals that have passed in to christian religious orthodoxy but originated in the Celtic church. Confession is very odd isn't it? Seems at odds with an otherwise authoritarian and judgemental church.
Did not know that about confession, always seen catholic confession as 'get out of jail' free card, done as it is in privacy, whereas the British church, (looked this up) has the following...
It was public rather than private.
It was optional rather than compulsory.
It was not the custom to pronounce absolution until
after the penance assigned had been fulfilled.
So a degree of accountancy, it was a bit like the wild and woolly west though through this period, influences came and went. And as to what remains in ritual, we have to go to blood and flesh now mooted to bread and wine, but which seems to me rather celtic ;)
True celtic saints have some of the following myths, rape of virgins who then killed themselves, snakes turned to ammonites, (Keynsham and Whitby)' head cult' which is the most fascinating (see St.Alban) and wells of course.....
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|Posted by moss|
20th June 2012ce