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Gaulish Tablet


sarasuperid

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From a table written by Gaulish Women in 90 AD found near Larzac France in 1983:

 

Insinde se:

bnanom bricton,

eianom anuana sananderna,

brictom vidluias vidlu-------- tignotias so.

 

Which is tentatively translated to:

 

Behold:

The magic of women,

Their special underworld names,

the prophecy of the seer who weaves this magic.

 

The rest is tentatively translated to call to an underworld goddess named Adsagsona to perform a binding spell against two women who left the group. Linguists understanding of Gaulish is limited and so they can only attempt to put together what the tablet says. However, the second line is so very close to an Irish phrase from St Patrick's Breast Plate "Brichtu Ban" which translates to magic of women. There isn't a direct word in Irish for witch, it is either she-druid, hag, or magic woman.

 

I am summarizing and quoting from The Philosopher and the Druid by Philip Freeman and he references Gaulish Inscriptions by Wolfgang Meid. I will try and get the Gaulish Inscriptions and see if I can further clarify.

 

I find this very fascinating, that here we have a written spell from long ago. Not much different from the coven drama we so dread today is it? Binding a few witches who leave the fold under bad circumstances. An age old reason to reinforce some of the loner's here solitary nature :thinking: Luckily my group gets on very well :goodluck:

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There are other gaulish tablets about magic by men, so I will try to track down some info on those too. This one stood out for mention because there is a special mystique about Celtic women in the historical annals, and authors always make special chapters just about Celtic women in their books for that reason.

 

:crystal-gazing:

 

For more information on lead tablets of this kind see: http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/6733-curse-tablet/

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I found a photo of it http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hospitalet-du-Larzac1.jpg it's in the entry http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaulish_language it is under the header corpus which is far into the article, it gives a few more details about the name of the writer, Severa Tertionicna.

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A very good reminder that human nature hasn't really changed all that much throughout recorded time. lol

 

Found this link searching for the tablet, thought it was relevant: http://www.unc.edu/celtic/catalogue/femdruids/imagefourlarzacstone.html

 

Carved Stone

Leadad

90 to 110 AD

Millau, Larzac

France

Musèe de Millau

The Larzac tablet, constructed of lead, a dark, heavy, yet easily malleable material, has an inscription of 160 words in ancient Gaulish. The inscription has little decoration with only a simple fanciful script.

 

The tablet was broken, most likely before its burial, into two halves. The inscription describes two groups of rival women endowed with magic. The tablet explains that one group attempted to harm the other with magic and as a result the affected group consulted wise women to "neutralize the evil charm." The stone as found in tomb 71 among 114 other tombs and could possibly be a marker to ward off the evil of the oppossing group to the dead (Ellis, The Druids).

 

 

 

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