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  • Thank you so much! You don't know how much it means to us to get positive feedback like that! Helping people find an accurate baseline to either use, or build from, for their own games has always been one of our main goals in addition to education. It means a lot to me that you are getting that from these supplements.

    I hope that you continue to enjoy what we produce, and that both yourself and your players have fun with the Abosom!...
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    replied to Mortal Magic Users?
    And lastly, on to Cardwen. To deal with this we need to first understand Wales, and that’s so complicated I had to go to one of my friends who knows this better than I, one of Cambridge’s PhD students studying this material.

    So, the Taliesin & Cerridwen story is sadly not a pre-Christian Welsh story. It is not even early in the Welsh literary tradition. For context, remember that Christianity arrive with the Romans in the 1-2nd century in Wales, and the earliest hunk of the Welsh saga material is in the 12th century. Over a thousand years of Christian presence before these...
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    replied to Mortal Magic Users?
    Now, with this background established, I can get into the specifics!

    So! I would never doubt the role of magic in any society’s life, magic is very important and holds major functions in all world cultures systems. Even modernly there are many things that 100% fall into the anthropological definition of Magic that are popularly believed in, even by people who position themselves as pure rationalists refuting belief in the supernatural, just not regarded as ‘magic’ by the general public. I know magic was very important in medieval Ireland, a friend of mine is doing their MA on...
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    replied to Mortal Magic Users?
    I am happy to provide some resources in that case!

    So, a root of the outdated information you have is a publication by K. H. Jackson in 1964 entitled The Oldest Irish Tradition: A Window on the Iron Age which was a collection and summary of ideas from the beginning of Celtic Studies as a field, formalizing the theory called ‘The Window to the Iron Age’ which postulated that the Irish and Welsh Sagas could be used to see what pre-Christian Ireland and Wales were like. This had been the leading theory up to Jackson’s publication, and would continue to be so until 1990 when Pagan...
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    replied to Mortal Magic Users?
    I am super happy to meet a fellow enthusiast then! I might be able to provide further areas for you to read and point you in the direction of some recent publications that discuss a lot of the things you might be interested in based on what you are talking about here, if you're interested! (For instance, the field has moved away from 'the Celts' as a term, Cardwen isn't regarded as a Goddess, none of the Irish or Welsh material count as Myths, and Christianity in Ireland is no longer positioned as the destroyer of these traditions but the source of them [keep in mind a lot of what they did to...
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  • They're actually already finished, if it serves an interest! If you click on their name in my signature or the link on their name in the post it will take you to the 50 page-ish PDF on them!...
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    replied to Mortal Magic Users?
    I cannot speak for the others, but a druí (Ireland) or druides (Gaul and Britain) probably wouldn't have many magical talents in the same sense as a saman (Manchu, origin of the term Shaman) or other such religious or magical practitioners. The reputation they have as 'Nature Magicians' is sadly totally fictional, but the reality of them (as far as we can tell) is super duper cool.

    As Ice says, a lot of them can be handled with the Saint or Sorcerer Paths/Calling, some potentially the Prophet Path/Calling, but a lot could probably have even their own unique Path/Calling. For instance,...
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    started a topic The Abosom - The Pantheon of the Ashanti People

    The Abosom - The Pantheon of the Ashanti People

    There is One God who loves all and rules over all. His will is carried through the heavens by the beat of a drum. It is passed on by flying cars and gurgling rivers, mumbled from ear to ear as souls dart up and down between heaven and the underworld. It fills everything and gives all purpose. It is his will that countless kingdoms and empires have sought to fulfill and which even today kings and their subjects live. It is the benelovent word of Nyame, the Only Great One.

    The times are long gone when Nyame stood at mankind's shoulder. Others have taken his place, keeping the world
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