Celts and Their Games and Pastimes by Sean Egan

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By Sean Egan

This learn examines the Celtic psyche and tradition. It examines all of the Celtic peoples - Scotland, eire, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of guy, Brittany, Basque area, and Icelandic connections. It additionally covers kid's Celtic video games and dance and song. It sees them via many eyes, via these of the archaeologist, the classical writers, the historians, the folklorists, the activities writers, the psychologist, the sociologist, the artist, the dancer and the musician to call yet a number of. The origins, the constitution, the features of those video games from some of the Celtic geographical parts are tested.

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This book highlights the special milestones of the 55 Camanachd Association of Scotland. As we compare shinty with hurling we notice many similarities but also some differences. For example, one cannot kick the ball or handle the ball in shinty; both are permitted in modem hurling. In shinty one scores under the cross-bar only whereas in hurling one can score over and under the cross-bar. In shinty, the game is started by throwing up the ball a minimum height of 12 feet (4 meters) between players.

These were played as far back as 1829 BC (Richardson, 1974). Celtic games were divided into various categories such as stick ganles (hurling, shinty, ban do, and pirli), ball games (football, handball and la soule); strength ganles (putting the stone, sheaftoss, tug 0' war, I' arrache du sac, and les jeux de batons); skill games (wrestling, archery, road bowls, kayles, Ie jeu des boules, and Ie jeu de galoche) and novelty games (climbing the greasy pole, la decapitation du coq and the stone lift).

Much pomp and ritual were attached to the games. Officials were often Druids, so that a solemnity and auspicious sanction prevailed in the early contests (Fales, 1982). Competitors marched through the arena to the sound of music. For many the Scottish Games begin with marshalled pipe bands ... and end with the tossing of a long wooden pole called a caber (Fales, 1982). According to Webster (1973) the first event of the program was a game of shinty. Twenty-four strapping warriors with carved sticks took to the field and began to chase a horse hair ball.

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