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Celtic Mythology Legacy

John Moriarty, a philosopher and story-teller in the bardic oral tradition, when asked about the relevance of the legacy of 'Celtic' Mythology' and the crises facing the world to-day, said, ' we have to meet the problems creatively and that falling back on the old traditions is not enough'.

He also said that 'The crisis is different and of a bigger order than I think humanity has ever previously had to cope with. While there is wisdom in the various traditions, including the Celtic, and we daren't go forward into the future without it, we must now be originally creative. I mean the earth has voyaged for 4,600 million years; that is a long voyage. It has voyaged with the Tribute; it has voyaged with Tyrannosaurus, it has voyaged with Dinosaurs, and now the earth is voyaging with humanity.

It seems to me that the earth has now crashed into an iceberg and we, the human species, are the iceberg into which it has crashed, and it might be that the earth will not survive the crash – that is how serious I believe the situation is. This to me calls for a totally creative response.

We now as a people have to get to the place where myths are born and we have to allow new myths and a new vision to emerge. And we won't do that by inventing a past for ourselves.' (Ref. Moriarty, John, 'The Blackbird and the Bell: Reflections on the Celtic Tradition' in Clancy, Padraigín, Ed., 'Celtic Threads', 1999).


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