I visited the Laténium ( http://www.latenium.ch/#latenium1?id=1
) the other day and it was amazing. It wasn't the first time I'd been there but having dicovered druidry in the meanwhile made a profound difference in the way I approached the exhibition. Importantly, the Laténium is situated in a beautiful lakeside setting that reflects the history it recounts, and which happens to be the region where I grew up
One of the highlights for me was a roman pillar found in a local church which mentions a goddess called Naria. Doing a quick search on the internet, I learned that she's only mentioned in two sources and is therefore neither a Roman nor a Celtic deity, but comes from this specific region. There is an Italian-style statue of her but, her hand being broken, there is no way of knowing what her attributes were. I can only imagine what the possibilities are for me, having come across a little-known goddess that comes from the very place where I was born! Being new to this, I have a question: how do you go about re-creating an identity to (or at least relating to) a god that was forgotten long ago?
The other highlight was an amazing menhir with a face and thoracic cage carved in it. It looks like God as we usually depict him, sitting on a cloud
(Stupidly, I forgot to record its name for reference.) The stone had a tangible presence which makes me want to visit it again and even bring an offering... but this is a museum and no appropriate place for ceremony, especially for a beginner druid like me! Have any of you had similar issues? I could easily bring something on the museum ground, which has wonderful and accessible reproductions of, among other things, a palafitte, a celtic bridge, a tumulus, and an actual menhir. But inside?
Which brings me to the last thing I wanted to mention: human remains. My mum, who came with me, had no objection for the display of human remains, seeing as "they are dead anyway". I am often amazed at how small a sense of the sacred people allow themselves to develop. I know that in Britain druids have fought for reburial of such remains and, being a scholar in Native American literature, am also well aware of the issues surrounding the repatriation of sacred objects to Indigenous peoples -although admittedly, the context is quite different here in Europe. This means that although I find the Laténium truly impressive, I have problems with some of the barriers it imposes on its spiritually-minded visitors. Any thoughts on that?