An Creideamh Sí in the Heart of Cascadia


Why I am a Gaelic Polytheist

Posted by Erin nighean Brìghde on April 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

There is a blog challenge on at Patheos right now, asking its bloggers to sum up, in 200 words, why they practice the religious tradition that they do.  Here is a link to Steven Thor Abell's Why I Am a Heathen post, with links below to posts by other bloggers on Patheos' Pagan channel:

I thought it would be fun to respond with my own blog post, so here is, in exactly 200 words, my own piece:

Why I Am a Gaelic Polytheist

I am a Gaelic polytheist because I have heard the call of myancestors since my youth, and the call of the gods of my ancestors, and I have answered.  I have always felt a pull to my heritage and its traditions.  In my younger years, this pull culminated in a pilgrimage to the lands of my ancestors, and in my recent years, it has manifested in a family tradition shared with my children.  The creideamh sí inspires me because it allows me to find my place in this world in myriad ways.  Its culture gives me a place inthe river of clan, between ancestors, dearly departed, children and descendants, with a rich heritage to inherit, study, live, and pass on.  Its worldview paints a picture full of poetry that sings to my soul.  Its values of justice and right action help me live in balance.  Its traditions help me keep in good relations with the powers of the land with whom I share this place.  The Well of Healing and Wisdom offered me its waters and I have drunk deeply.  Brìde has fostered and guided me and I feel Her fire in my head.  My spirit is home. 

Care to take up the challenge?  Leave me a reply, either written out, or a link to your own blog post, about why you are who you religiously are, in 200 words!


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Reply Morgan
8:35 PM on April 10, 2013 
Great blog! Here is my answer:
Reply Erin nighean Brìghde
9:07 PM on April 10, 2013 
Love it, Morgan! Well and beautifully said. :)
Reply Erin nighean Brìghde
12:28 PM on October 27, 2013 
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