Plan to decode and release “lost” ancient knowledge

Ancient peoples stored their philosophy and practical wisdom in a different manner to how we do today.

I will shortly be undertaking a task of translating a language of the ancient Celts.  This language is a metaphorical symbolic language which nobody has fully attempted to make sense of.  I call this language R1B, since that is the Haplogroup Y-DNA genetic marker of the Celtic people.

The Celts used oral tradition to remember knowledge

The Celtic people used various scripts like Ogham, or used other languages like Greek for simple functional purposes like boundary marking, accounting and memorials, but never to record their philosophy or practical wisdom.  The Celt is an ancient people who preferred the oral tradition, handing down their knowledge orally, never in written form.

How the Celt remembered their knowledge

The Bard was a group of people who remembered and narrated the philosophy and memories of the Celtic people.  A member of the Druids, the Bard entered into twenty years of training to remember a vast bank of knowledge by memory.  Anyone looking to learn memory skills would find a study of how the Bard remembered their knowledge a useful exercise.  The Bard knew how the human mind worked, and exploited it to remember their vast knowledge.

Amongst the techniques to remember knowledge in the oral tradition is to use patterns, which could be matched with sensory techniques like music.  The knowledge was written in strict verse, thus it comes through as poetry set to music.

One technique is to group knowledge in three parts under a common theme, called a triad:

Three Red Ravagers of the Island of Britain:
Arthur,
and Rhun son of Beli,
and Morgant the Wealthy.

Just as a word is said to convey a meaning, the Celt used a symbol, for instance a cauldron meant something that renews or is new.  Through the use of metaphor the Celt gave the sense of a thing, its function, its action and its relationship, thus a noisy war horn changing to a horn flowing with wine conveyed the sense that a group at war has made peace.

Why academics made an error to reject Celtic knowledge

The practical wisdom and the philosophy of the Celts is in the manner it is for the purposes of the oral tradition, thus pattern, symbol and metaphor was vital to be able to remember and use this knowledge in an oral way.  The oral tradition uses different parts of the brain, especially the right-side of the brain.

The modern-day techniques is to use abstract scratches on a surface called words, set in patterns like essays, and ordered according to logical manners; all which use the left side of the brain, a less efficient way of using the brain, which forces it to work harder and thus become tired quicker than the oral tradition.

Whereas the academic prefers their knowledge to be in books, the Celt had immediate access to their knowledge in their heads.  The academic prefers to store useless knowledge in journals (the mating habits of the cane toad), the Celt stored practical wisdom in verse (what defines a man).  The academic strips meaning from a thing through abstraction, down to its parts or one part, whereas the Celt leaves the holistic meaning intact through concrete thinking.

If knowledge is inside the head of the user, and is being actively used then it is a “living” knowledge.  I am sure that many academics have made no efforts to memorise entire journals and books, nor do they find what they store in their journals useful to their everyday living, it is therefore “dead” knowledge.

The Celtic philosophy and practical wisdom remains intact

Thanks to Bards who under Christian influence began to write down what was in their heads as poetry and prose, the core Celtic philosophy and practical wisdom remains available and largely intact.  What the academic rejects as fairy tales is a metaphorical symbolic code that contains the wisdom of an entire people, that remains to be translated.  This is a task I have taken on, to break the code and translate it into everyday language.

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8 responses to “Plan to decode and release “lost” ancient knowledge

  1. Can’t wait to see what you have to say about Ogham. What I have found so far uses symbolic meanings, it doesn’t use the letters to spell out words, which is what most people seem to be doing. Perhaps the Ogham I am finding is really old, but then again the XPI page in the Book of Kells is not that old. This monk also used Ogham and gives the page whole layers of meaning, seemingly unbeknown to people who have studied this page. This page was very enlightening, didn’t use the Ogham as an alphabet, but gave many symbolic meanings. I fell over the Forfeda at Stonehenge by coincidence, but that dates c3200 BCE. The person who created the Sator Square, used Ogham in this way also.
    Celts and their Druids are not supposed to have been in England until the Iron Age, but this is not correct, they were already there a few thousand years before that. Among the things found at the core of Silbury Hill, was Oak, Hazel and Mistletoe. That was extremely telling, since these are all considered ‘chieftains’ and are among the most sacred to the Druids. The Oak being the doorway to enlightenment, this is indicative of the Druids themselves. They were the teachers, the doorways to enlightenment. The Hazel symbolizes the Hazels of Wisdom, all the knowledge the Druids had. The Mistletoe connects to the fertility of the land. Only people who understood the symbolism would have put these objects at the core.

    • Thanks for your informative feedback.

      Perhaps we could collaborate with regards to Ogham? You appear to be more advanced than me on the subject of Ogham. What I would like to do is pull in every example of Ogham and then cross reference it. I also have an interest in the cup and ring markings, Pictish symbol language, Gaulish. I think the Galatians may have a script too.

      In the building of the megalithic monuments there had to be a philosopher class with knowledge, and I see no reason why that should not be Druids. The stones are just versions of trees, which I think few archaeologists have picked up on.

      The Orkney megalithic structures are worth studying, as they appear to mark the zenith of the culture behind the megalithic monuments.

      • Yes, I’d like to collaborate with the Ogham. Thanks for asking me, this is a very interesting subject. And I don’t think any archaeologists have picked up on this. Since I own a copy of The Book of Kells, which has coloured plates of some of the pages, I know that none of those people writing that book picked up on the Ogham, however, it is a reprint of the 1920 edition………….and Ogham wouldn’t even have been considered by those folk.
        Alfred Watkins was a very observant man, and left us a huge gift, unfortunately he didn’t understand Ogham, and so didn’t understand the messages the trees left behind. I’m amazed by how much of this is still sitting on the landscape, but no one seems to know?
        I’m not an expert on Ogham, but some sort of switch seems to have been turned on in my brain concerning this topic, or I wouldn’t have found what I did.
        The Orkney folk are very interesting, I’m very happy to see that the archaeologists are digging there again. Think they may have migrated south c2300 BCE. The archaeologists have found evidence of what they think was a very large feast. Some six hundred cattle were butchered at one time. Enough meat to feed 20,000 people. But I think they were getting ready to head south. Six hundred hides would go a far way to creating boats. The houses at Skara Brae were filled in on purpose, in nice tidy layers, which would have taken time. While they were doing that, they were smoking and preparing the meat for their voyage, and I don’t think there were 20,000 of them. They were on their way to the Stonehenge ‘complex’, taking their talents there. It was ‘the’ place to be in c2300 BCE. The weather and the perks were likely better down there, and even if you were only a potter, there’d be more business down there. Some of them may have gone to Ireland. The macehead at Knowth was made with stone from the Orkneys. And they probably did have a feast before they left.

      • Great 🙂
        The academic and the archaeologist have a blinkered view, like they can only see a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, rather than stepping back and seeing the emerging picture as a whole. I have seen this problem again and again in a number of areas I have looked at.

        The butchering of 600 cattle is a sign of someone of considerable wealth, for the number of cattle owned is a status symbol.

      • Yes, I’m getting the feeling that some of the general public may hold more pieces of the puzzle sometimes. I guess it’s difficult for folks to accept that our Neolithic ancestors were well versed in mathematics and astronomy.

        600 head of cattle is a great deal, but perhaps they were owned jointly by various members of the community. It is right at the time when the whole complex was abandoned. Archaeologists think there may have been a change in their society. There was, they all went south for good business. The big change was Stonehenge, the tourist and pilgrimage site of all of Europe at that time. Was easier to get to than the Orkneys also. You just had to sail up the Avon to Bluestonehenge, and walk up the Avenue.

      • It is interesting you suggest that the influence for Stonehenge came from the north, which must be due to climate.

        It makes sense that 600 head of cattle would be a shared resource between many chieftains.

  2. Was it the Celts, their ancestors or others who had the stones which trapped, attracted, or whatever, the power of the sun? Also, I wonder how the superficiality of the thinking and interests of so many modern people – in the “developed” world – would affect the type of remembering you refer to here? Of muscles we are told, correctly, “Use it or lose it!” so what of the brain in this context? 🙂

    • The Celts belong to genetic Haplogroup R1B (Y-DNA) where their strongest presence appears to equate where the majority of the Megalithic structures are located . I consider Celts to be the same peoples who built Stonehenge.

      Fortunately the process of evolution is slow, which means we may still retain the mental capabilities of our ancestors to recover and use the same mental methods as they did. The oral tradition still exists in some cultures, I know the Muslims insist that their holy book is memorised by their followers.

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