Ireland’s is known as the Emerald
Isle for its beautiful landscapes. Unlike some of the islands we visited
– this is not a tropical climate. The Irish people are of Celtic
origin leading to many of its traditions. Farming was the traditional
occupation. The country is the second largest of the British Isles,
located east of continental Europe. The Celtic style has many stylized
plants and animals; not many people. Curves, ellipses and spirals are
also used. They usually were made into intricate geometric patterns.
That were found on shields, bowls, jewelry and even pottery. Once Christianity
took hold in Ireland, the Celtic designs combined with Christian designs
on religious pieces.
913-1 Celtic Mermaid:
Celtic tradition is rich in imaginative tales and mythology from leprechauns,
to pots of gold and even mermaids. We make a clay mermaid.
913-2 Potato Putty:
How could we study Ireland without mentioning potatoes? Ireland is known
for simple hearty food: beef, lamb, soda bread and of course potatoes.
But more importantly to Celtic tradition is the village storyteller,
or Seanchai. He is gifted at recalling stories and traditions with great
detail and presents the stories in an imaginative and entertaining way.
Sometimes the stories are historical events passed from generation to
generation or sometimes the stories are “tall tales” made
up right on the spot. The Seanchai is the keeper of the stories and
traditions of Ireland. Hands on creates a Celtic Journal with Potato
913-3 Bodhran (Drum) and Biddle
(drumstick); as in many cultures, music is important to
the Celtic tradition. A traditional instrument is the Bodhran, in fact
it is the oldest musical instrument in Ireland. Here is the Hands On
913-4 Illuminated Manuscript:
One of the most amazing examples of religious art were the illuminated
manuscripts made by the monks. Ours uses a special gold metallic paper.