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cherieclem
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somewhere, in the depths of my mind, I remember reading about the Beltane festival, whereby deities and faerie beings came out of the otherworld in celebration to feast. With them, they brought sacred relics and there was something about them having to be brought back into the otherworld before morning light, or there would be problems, especially one object, whereby if it was not available by the feast of Samhain, then, basically, it was the end of the world.
Any ideas where I would find the basis of this memory?

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Ian Topham
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Re: Celtic Otherworld

Hi Cherieclem, welcome to the website and forum.  There are thirteen treasures of Britain, something I should really include in the site given our name.  Many if not all of these have celtic backgrounds. White-Hilt, the Sword of Rhydderch Hael; The Chessboard of Gwenddoleu ap Ceidio; The Hamper of Gwyddno Garanhir; The Horn of Brân Galed from the North; The Chariot of Morgan Mwynfawr; The Knife of Llawfrodedd Farchog; The Cauldron of Dyrnwch the Giant; The Whetstone of Tudwal Tudglyd; The Coat of Padarn Beisrudd; The Crock and the Dish of Rhygenydd the Cleric; The Mantle of Arthur; The Halter of Clydno Eiddyn.

There are also sacred celtic treasures associated with Ireland, such as the cauldron of plenty.

Although I cannot recall sacred items items associated with Beltane, given that it is a major festival there must be some and maybe unravelling the stories and histories behind each item will help us discover any Beltane links.

cherieclem
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Re: Celtic Otherworld

Hi Ian

Thanks for this - some I've heard of, others not.

Have you heard of something called the Tree of Knowledge, or the Wand of Intelligence?

I write, and am a bit of a packrat with odds and ends I pick up, but I'm not organised enough to make a detailed reference library!



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