In addition to my other duties on these boards I have agreed to enter service as a host for the Circle of Stones forums: Celtic Studies (including the language forums) and Mythology & Lore.
I have always strongly believed that we in the Western World have our own treasure of cultural and spiritual heritage. This is a great gift - and a great responsibilty, because that treasure needs to be rediscovered, preserved and taken care of.
For us Druids, who we try to apply the wisdom of the past to the questions of today, this responsibility weighs double. In one of the older rituals of the OBOD the "three objectives that every Druid strives to uphold" were recited:
- the cultivation of expression
- the preservation of ancient knowledge
- the enlightenment of the people.
I live in Bavaria, which is a state in Southern Germany and belongs to the Ancient Celtic Heartland, the land that the Celts settled before they migrated into the British Isles, into Spain and elsewhere. Bavaria was 800 years Celtic, the period ended with the Roman military conquest in 15 BCE. After roughly 400 years of Romano-Celtic intermezzo the Germanic period began, and after the Migration Age Bavaria emerged as a Germanic tribal kingdom, which is why we speak German today and not a Celtic language.
So the heritage of my country is Celtic, Roman and Germanic and I am open to discuss all three cultures here, although I know that Romans are generally disliked by Celts and Germanics alike.
One problem that I have in Germany and that I would like to discuss here is that the government is rapidly withdrawing from every form of care for our historical heritage. The Celts were erased from the curriculum of higher schools. State funds for archaeological projects have been largely cut. Ancient sites are overbuilt. We will come to this topic in time and discuss strategies how we can counteract.
I hope that the traditional good and peaceful discussions that we used to have in these forums will continue, and will try my best to make these forums comfortable and interesting places.
With greetings from beneath the Bavarian Alps,