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oghams and druids

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From: Diana Dills 
Subject: Re: oghams and druids
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 1996 22:02:27 -0800

> : Ogham is an Irish Celtic written language dating to 500-600 AD.  
> Oghams date much earlier than this. They go back to 100 C.E., at least. 

...and probably much earlier

> The druids wrote. Their writings are called oghams. Myself, I believe 
> that oghams go back to the time when druids were flourishing..

Peter Berresford Ellis says that as early as 100 CE the Druid (intellectual)
caste of the Celts were fluent in Latin, and often Greek.  They wrote in 
these languages; they just didn't write Druidic lore.   Oghams were also used
during this time period, but again, sacred or arcane knowledge was not
written down.

There is also reference to books of leaves of the various Oghmic trees.
These leaves would be strung along cords from the ridgepoles of long 
buildings, and the leaves could be turned like the leaves of a book.
Each sacred tree represented one letter of the Ogham, and words and 
sentences could be formed.

If you have not read Berresford Ellis' "the Druids" I recommend you run,
don't walk, to the nearest library or bookstore and find a copy.  There
are lots of historical references, and it is an easy and enjoyable book 
to read.

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