Sunday, December 7, 2008

Celtic Courage Ceramic Ogham Pendant

Made with love on Grizzly Mountain!

All of my Celtic Ogham pendants are individually hand carved by me. There are about as many variations of interpretations of the Ogham symbols as there are interpreters. I hope you enjoy mine!

This "Courage" Ogham features an old Tibetan yak bone bead that has been inlayed with brass. This pendant has been glazed to have an aged appearance and hangs from a faux suede cord that can be tied to accommodate many necklines. This material is also great because it doesn't shed all over your clothes like suede can.

~~What are Celtic Oghams?~~

The Celtic Ogham alphabet dates from the fourth century. The alphabet is named for Ogmos, the Celtic god of knowledge and communication. The alphabet consists of twenty letters, each named for a different tree believed sacred to the Druids.

According to Wikipedia, the letter names are interpreted as names of trees or shrubs in manuscript tradition, both in Auraicept na n-Éces ('The Scholars' Primer') and In Lebor Ogaim ('The Ogam Tract'). They were first discussed in
modern times by Roderic O'Flaherty (1685), who took them at face value. The Auraicept itself is aware that not all names are known tree names, saying "Now all these are wood names such as are found in the Ogham Book of Woods, and are not derived from men", admitting that "some of these trees are not known today". The Auraicept gives a short phrase or kenning for each letter, known as a Bríatharogam, that traditionally accompanied each letter name, and a further
gloss explaining their meanings and identifying the tree or plant linked to each letter. Only five of the twenty primary letters have tree names that the Auraicept considers comprehensible without further glosses, namely beith "birch", fearn "alder", saille "willow" , duir "oak" and coll "hazel". All the other names have to be glossed or "translated" with a plant name.

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