Nature and tradition

Traditions capture belief and behavior of ancestors.

This board game used to be a traditionally played by my Celtic and Colchester ancestors  which in the Celtic tongue is called "wood wisdom."  After burial in a possible Druid grave, I am attempting to restore this traditional game in the modern age.

This board game was traditionally played by my Celtic and Colchester ancestors, the Celts called “wood wisdom.” After being forgotten for 2000-years, and found in a possible Druid grave, I am introducing this game to the modern world.

The 2000-year-old Roman walls of my town of Colchester are presently covered in scaffolding as they undergo major repairs.  Throughout the last 2000 years Colchester residents periodically repair and maintain our walls, such as King Edward the Elder in 921 CE, Roman wall repairs is a town tradition.

I respect traditions, they contain the wisdom of ancestors that may go back tens of thousands of years.  Traditions are national, community or family, but they encode the beliefs and behaviors of ancestors passing from generation to generation.  Chauvet contains some of the best cave paintings in the world, cave painting is a tradition at Chauvet, and the main purpose of Chauvet as a place of rite of passage for youths was over a period of ten thousand or more years, only interrupted by occasional climate change cold peaks.

Our ancestors were more closely connected to raw nature, birth, life and death than we are.  One of the common themes of the traditions of ancestors was to promote fertility to the land, a way of spiritually inviting prosperity, which includes health, happiness and abundance.  Morris dancers occasionally perform in Colchester, a national tradition recorded to at least 1448 CE which are a folk tradition often performed on certain days of the year around the communities of Britain to promote the blessing of prosperity to the community.

Traditions like Morris dancing remind us what we have forgotten about, that nature is the cause of our prosperity, we indulge in the traditions to share the respect for nature and the land as our ancestors did.  There is a direct relationship between our forgetting our traditions and our separation from nature.


I am now away at least one week.  I wish all my readers a prosperous week.


10 responses to “Nature and tradition

  1. Many find Morris dancing boring, personally, I rather like it.

    Have a good trip.


  2. I agree with your last paragraph. When a young one on a trip to Hawaii, we visited the Polynesian Center, which is a place for tourists to learn about the native traditions in Hawaii from native polynesians who were also students at the Center, as well as worked there (i.e., performed the native traditions for the tourists who gathered there). I remember being quite moved by this display, because it was a tourist attraction. An entire culture had become a tourist attraction. This realization colored the whole trip for me. I could not believe what we humans did not know anymore. That from which we had been divorced. I think remembering where we came from (the universe if you will, nature if you will, but that we were not first city dwellers, we were not first the names of the countries in which resided, not always so civilized (see Richard Manning’s “The Psychosis of Civilization” on YouTube). It is a lesson I have not forgotten. And with each trip I make into the woods, those memorie return vibrant and remain.

    • It is sad that something living and magical is reduced to a tourist attraction, this is something I shall write about in future. Thanks for your insightful comment, which has got me thinking.

  3. Long have we forgotten some of our cherished traditions Alex, and love the Morris Dancing and what it stands for…The last of the Well-Dressings in the Village I grew up in are now finished again another tradition centred in connecting with Mother Nature and her life giving waters….
    Hope you enjoy your week, and see you upon your return Alex..
    Blessings Sue

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