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Brythonic Tradition

Doctrines There are no set doctrines. Brythons celebrate the usual eight Pagan festivals (see Paganism), but in a slightly different way. Though solstices and equinoxes are fixed dates, the other four festivals are celebrated on dates indicated by natural signs, such as Imbolc when the first snowdrop appears. They do not use the dates in man-made calendars. Brythons live as a family based group, and instead of initiating newcomers, they are adopted into the family through an adoption ritual. The Brythonic tradition is dedicated to the Lady and Lord of this land of Britain, and deity names are those of the Brythonic/Welsh heritage, for example the Goddesses Cerridwen and Rhiannon.

History The Brythonic tradition bases its practices on religion as practised by the ancient Brythonic tribes who inhabited much of Wales, Scotland and England before being pushed to the far reaches of Wales, Scotland and Cornwall by the invading Romans in the years after 55BCE. At this time, the Brythons also invaded Armorica (Brittany, in North Western France) and established themselves there.
Followers of the modern Brythonic tradition draw inspiration from Keltic Welsh legends related in such writings as The Mabinogion, The Red Book of Hergest, and The Black Book of Camarthen. "These texts are full of the Romance, Battles, Honour, Spiritual Teachings and Magic of the Brythons" ("The Brythonic Path", Ian Steele, The Wiccan - Samhain 1993, issue no. 109). Today's Brythons have revived the traditions outlined in these texts.

Symbols Authentic Keltic artefacts and dress are used in ritual wherever possible.

Adherents No figures available.

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