Celtic Men
Warlike, wild and brave was the reputation of the Celtic Man. But this is a biased truth because it does not record that most Celtic men were not in training or service as warriors or chieftains at all but farmers and fishermen and builders and superb craftsmen in metal, wood and stone. Every man had the potential to become the elected king if he had the personal power, skills and was without blemish but the majority were just as the majority today � ordinary people. It was not the Celtic way that the son of the king would automatically become the next king but that his peers would elect the best person. However, there was a kind of an unspoken rule that the next king would come from the extended family of the current king.

The Gauls (France) were known for their excitability, their love of boasting, their wild drinking and individual fighting skills, as were the Irish men. These Celtic men were very proud of them selves and their ancestors who played an important role in preserving continuity to the past and to the gods who they saw as their actual ancestors. They had an elaborate verbal style where they spoke around things and over things and sometimes avoided naming the �thing� itself completely.

Wealthy men could and would wear bracelets, armlets, torcs and corselets made of gold but it is more likely that this was not very common among the ordinary people. The clothes worn would have been dyed and or embroidered, and the trews (trousers) would be very functional. Druid clothing was the same as the ordinary persons clothing and cloaks or mantles would have been fashioned by a broach on the left shoulder with the pin pointing away from the heart and were worn over tunics with long or short sleeves. There was a kind of by-law regarding the thinness or fatness of a man and quoting Strabo - �any young man who exceeds the standard measure of the girdle is punished�. It was also recorded that while many men shave their beards and some let the beard grow a little; the nobles shave their cheeks but grow a moustache. It was well known that the upper classes of Celtic society grew large moustaches. Many Celtic men in Ireland and England had tattoos or painted bodies.

Celtic dress was colourful and fine because they took great care in their appearance hoping to impress each other and to frighten their enemies. Clothes were made of wool, linen and silk if you were rich. Nobles wore very colourful mixes of various cloths with gold embroidery and ornamented broaches and buckles. Leather belts and boots would have been hand made to fit the customer from the skins of recently eaten animals. Belts, bags and water bottles and hats were sometimes made from the inner organs of the bigger animals. Leather body armour was also fashioned from leather that was hardened by immersion in boiling water. Only Chieftains ever wore chain mail, which was a Celtic invention from about 300bc. Grass cloaks were worn in winter times, as they were light and waterproof. War helmets were made from hardened leather with metal reinforcements. The degree of ornamentation on your clothing or armour was relative to your level of wealth. All men would carry their own dagger for eating and as a self-defence weapon. It is likely that most Celtic men wished for what most men wish for today � love and happiness.

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