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Ogham

In her book, 'The Elements of the Celtic Tradition' Caitlín Matthews points out that the Ogham alphabet has caused a good deal of controversy among scholars.

The Celts did not record their traditions and stories in writing. The Ogham Alphabet, was used as a means of memorising a vast amount of complex and abstruse knowledge, 'the Celtic Theatre of Memory.'

Throughout the world, trees were regarded as sacred and as divine sources of wisdom. The Celtic Druids ('Men of the oak trees'), the tribal holy and wise men, held their ceremonies in groves of sacred trees. Sacred groves were used by the tribes for assemblies, important meetings, ceremonies and the passing of laws and judgments.

Apart from the groves individual sacred trees were grown in villages. People were buried under sacred trees, in the belief that their knowledge and wisdom would be joined with the Dryad and continue to be available to the tribe.


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