Celtic culture originated in the Upper Danube area of Germany. Regarded as the first culture to emerge north of the European Alps, it then spread across Europe into Turkey and western Russia. In recently discovered tombs in western China are confirmed as the same as mentioned in Celtic records, then Celtic culture may have stretched even as far as Tibet.

Over time, Celtic culture was diluted by Roman and Christian invasions. Today, Celtic people are the Welsh, Irish, Manx, Cornish, Scottish and Bretons who settled north-west France, the Bretons developed the Galette, We here at The Spell Creperie thought it would be neat to reunite the cultures in Bali to create a culinary twist.

celtic and vedic

Ancient Celtic culture actually shares a great resemblance with Vedic culture, or Hinduism, which shapes the culture of Bali. Both Vedic and Celtic cultures derive from their ancient Indo-European ancestors.

Ancient Irish has retained its Indo-European culture and linguistics that has incredible similarity to vedic culture and language. 

Here’s some examples of amazingly similar vocabulary: 

celtic and vedic
Sanskrit writing

aire (noble)

noeib (holy)

Bodhar (deaf)

nemed (respect)

Raja (king)

atman (soul)

arya (freeman)

naib (good)

badhira (deaf)

names (respect)

Righ (king)

anam (soul)

The strongest similarity is in their cosmology and beliefs.  Both are polytheist cultures where many gods are worshiped. Both have a strong belief in different worlds and the realms of different types of spirits, as well as belief in reincarnation.

These similarities appear also in musical forms, mythology, law and social customs.  The ancient Irish legal system, the Laws of Fenechus, closely parallels the laws of Manu. Many surviving Irish and Welsh myths are remarkably similar to the themes, stories and even names in the sagas of the Indian Vedas.

For the Indo-European Celts, Danu was the mother goddess whose divine waters fell from heaven, flowing on to create rivers.  Rivers were sacred in the Celtic world; votive offerings were placed and burials were conducted there; just as the Ganges and other rivers in India are revered to this day. Many rivers in Europe reflect the name of Danu; the Don river in Russia, the Donets, the Danube which flows across Europe.

Both cultures believe that the universe cycles through repeating destructions/creations through fire and water.  Both cultures believe that cosmic creation involves the sacrifice of a primal being and both use rituals involving sacrifice of vital foods to fire. 

Vedic Relics have been found in Old European cities and villages as well as drawings of clothing with Vedic symbolism. 

Vedic culture spread to Indonesia through trading and migration.  The largest Hindu kingdom, Majapahit, stretched across the archipelago into parts of Malaysia.  As rising Islamic states pushed the kingdom into Bali, a pocket of Hinduism was created in a largely Muslim country.

Caste- Brahmins, Warriors, Merchants and Workers- is another aspect of Vedic culture; still strongly present in India.  In Bali it is reflected in names and ceremonial styles.  Ancient Celtic society was comprised of castes similar to Vedic castes. 

So… there is an amazing relationship between the cultures of both ancient Europe and Bali.

Spell Creperie offers  reunion of cultures and flavors.

Here are 2 poems showing the parallel between the 2 cultures

The Song of Amairgen the Druid:

I am the wind that blows across the sea; I am the wave of the ocean;

I am the murmur of the billows; I am the bull of the seven combats;

I am the vulture on the rock; I am a ray of the sun; I am the fairest of flowers;

I am a wild boar in valor; I am a salmon in the pool; I am a lake on the plain;

I am the skill of the craftsman; I am a word of science;

I am the spearpoint that gives battle;

I am the God who creates in the head of man the fire of thought.

Who is it that enlightens the assembly upon the mountain, if not I?

Who tells the ages of the moon, if not I?

Who shows the place where the sun goes to rest, if not I?

Who is the God that fashions enchantments–

The enchantment of battle and the wind of change?

 

Amairgen was the first Druid to arrive in Ireland. Ellis states, “In this song Amairgen subsumes everything into his own being with a philosophic outlook that parallels the declaration of Krishna in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.” It also is quite similar in style and content to the more ancient Sri Rudra chant of the Yajur Veda.

 

Declaration of Krishna:

I am the taste in the waters, O Son of Kunti.

I am the syllable Aum in all the Vedas.

I am the sound in ether and manhood in men.

I am the pure fragrance in earth and brightness in fire.

I am the life in all existences and the austerity in ascetics.

Know Me, O Partha, to be the eternal seed of all existences.

I am the intelligence of the intelligent.

I am the splendour of the splendid.

I am the strength of the strong, devoid of desire and passion.

In beings I am the desire which is not contrary to dharma, O Lord of the Bharatas.

And whatever states of being there may be, be they harmonious, passionate, slothful–

know they are all from Me alone.

I am not in them, they are in Me.

Peter Berresford Ellis is one of the foremost living authorities on the Celts and author of many books on the subject, including “Celt and Roman,” “Celt and Greek,” “Dictionary of Celtic Mythology” and “Celtic Women.”