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pre-date Christianity, and also whether the Celtic stories, which I think they depict, are really rooted
in an older mythological oral tradition.
I can answer the former question with another... if the landscape effigies here were known about
durig Christian times, when the monkish scribes were recording everything with their quills, then
why did no-one report on them until the 20th century, unless it was that they came from a much older,
subterranean oral tradition, to which we know shamanic or Mystery teachings had to dive to survive.
To the latter, about the dating of the myths, I would reply that the stories contained in the Welsh
myths are on templates which are also found in much older cosmological myths, some dating to 3,000
For instance, take the Gundestrup Cauldron. This silver cauldron was found in a Danish peat bog in
the late 19th century, and it dates to around 200 BCE. On one of its panels, and it tells a tale which is
remarkably similar to one told in The Children of Llyr. The story makes up one of the branches of the
Mabinogion, and it features a cauldron of rebirth into which the dead Irish warriors were put, head
first, to be reborn as a sort of zombie army.
Figure 1, showing the Cauldron of Rebirth scene from The Children of Llyr
Another panel of the Gundestrup Cauldron shows the Horned One, the Lord of the Animals, seated
cross legged, torc in hand, with a boar on one side and a stag on the other – the boar and the stag
were classic Celtic totem animals. The serpent was universal.
Figure 2 , panel of Gundestrup Cauldron showing stag and boar, torc and serpent