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Celtic Nations

There are parts of Europe that are referred to as Celtic nations. These are the countries where in the original inhabitants of their land are known to be of Celtic origin. They also speak the Celtic language. The Celtic nations are also fondly called as the 'Celticity', the 'Celt Belt' and the 'Celtic Fringe'.

There are said to be seven Celtic nations. Below is a list of them:

Scotland (Alba)
Settlement in Scotland is said to have existed since 6000 BC. Most of the settlers are known to be fishermen and hunters. Then there were signs of stone-built villages and chambered tombs. There are signs of the existence of a small cooperative community. There were also relics, swords, buckets, chisels and cauldrons all of which are related to the Picts of Celtic origin. At the course of war, Scotland was divided into four races including the Picts of Celtic, the Scythian, the Teutonic and the Scots.

Wales (Cymru)
The tribe of Wales were said to be great makers and traders of metalwork, including gold and iron. The Celts influenced Welsh society and penetrated their history, culture and art but sociologists believed that the Beaker People also greatly influenced Wales. Generally, a great deal of Welsh culture is also inherently their own.

Cornwall (Kernow)
People of Cornwall are said to be good merchants and bought tin from native people and sold it Gaul. They were avid users of the Celtic language. Later the Celtic language transformed in to the Cornish and Brythonic dialects.

Isle of Man (Mannin)
The Celtic culture is said to have penetrated Isle of Man sometime around 500 AD. The Vikings also greatly influenced this small Celtic country. The combination of both Celtic and Viking culture has lead to their very own and unique government system, which is still in existent today.

Spain (Galicia)
Spain also embraces the Celtic culture as is evident in their music. The Celtic culture actually inspired Spain's bagpipe. Galician music is also popular in Spain, although Celtic language is no longer in use.

Brittany (Briezh)
Brittany is one of France's provinces. During Julius Caesar’s reign over the land, Roman’s called this land 'Armorica' which is a Celtic word that means coastal region. After the decline of the Roman Empire, the Celts of the Great Britain (Britons) settled in Brittany.

Ireland (Eire)
Celtics are said to have reached Ireland through Britain. They were possibly the Celtic people from Austria or Germany. Celtic culture and tradition has passed on through word of mouth and still holds a special part in Ireland's culture and politics.

Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 21/07/2008



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