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Keltia (Magazine)


Keltia, dedicated magazine to Celtic cultures, offers a variety of articles each quarter that make the link between the past and the present. The thirtieth issue tells the story of Galatians, Celts from Anatolia who began to populate central Turkey in the 3rd century BC. Other themes are dealt with such as mythological tales, the works of Shakespeare and their Celtic references, the Celts of the world or a report on the Breton Mission in Paris.

Keltia Magazine

Created 8 years ago, the magazine Keltia seeks to make a "bridge between past Celtic cultures and our modern erae". As the managing editor, Fabien Régnier explains, on the Keltia website"Celtic culture, beyond time, always speaks to us and shows us with splendor and energy, at every moment, that it is still very much alive."The subjects chosen are, for this purpose, various and deal with past and present : history, comics, tales and legends, cinema, music, literature, historical reconstruction, gastronomy, sport ...

For example, the magazine Keltia Number 26 presents in particular: the curse of Tara (hill and mythical capital of Ireland), haggis (traditional Scottish dish) but also a specialized radio station "Radio Celtic Lands" launched in March 2012. Certain sections are recurrent throughout the numbers: Celtic and musical news, library, the Celts of the world, breizh heart dedicated to Breton news or Famous Women of Celtic Antiquity.

The magazine team is made up of enthusiasts, writers but also specialists in Celtic and ancient history who participate in the magazine by publishing their research or by being the subject of interviews. The thirtieth issue notably welcomes contributions from Venceslas Kruta [1], archaeologist, historian and director of Celtic studies at the CNRS as well as Bernard Sergent [2], archaeologist, researcher at the CNRS and president of the Société de mythologie française.

Keltia n ° 30 - April / June 2014

Keltia includes about twenty articles of one to two pages that cannot be detailed one by one. This thirtieth issue highlights the Celts of Anatolia, Galatians, having crossed present-day Turkey around 277 BC. The first dedicated article retraces the constitution of their three kingdoms (Fabien Régnier), and the second, which is a linguistic work, examines the Galatian words hidden in Turkish language (Yilmaz Tamer, Robert Martin). Upstream, Bernard Sergent presents us Khiomara, a former galatian prisoner of a centurion.

Other Celtic peoples are mentioned. Aimed at a more informed public because it is more technical, the article on Gallic ethnonyms (names of peoples) present in Comments of Caesar (8 books describing the Gallic Wars - 58 to 51 BC) constitutes the second part of a dossier "The sapling war decrypted"(Hugues de Bazouges). It is followed by a reconstruction helping to recreate a Gallic sword (Gérard Portrait). We discover "the long stories of the Celtic peoples" peoples of great diversity and having been the subject of a study day on May 17, 2014 (Wenceslas Kruta). It is a pity that the practical information related to this study day was not clearly displayed on the same page. The section dedicated to "Celts of the world" presents, for its part, Celtic customs and similarities in Hawaii or Texas (François Pinsard). Closer to us, a report plunges us into the heart of a Parisian cultural establishment: the Breton Mission where dance and conviviality mingle (Françoise Le Goaziou).

Several articles, scattered, are devoted to myths and legends. This is the case with the two tales of Mabinogion (medieval stories steeped in mythology) as well as the article dedicated to Celtic references contained in the works of Shakespeare as the King Lear, legendary Irish king (Samantha Introzzi). It is useful to add to this article that we are celebrating, this year, the 450 years from birth of the author in the United Kingdom but also in France. A few pages later, we will be interested in the astonishing myth of Cailleach, the Celtic Snow Queen (Marike Van Der Horst).

Our opinion

Intended for everyone, the magazine has the particularity of presenting the Celtic worlds in all their forms. The diversity of articles and contributions is a real added value. It is with pleasure that we immerse ourselves in Celtic antiquity, myths and that we also discover current practices such as the wearing of tartan in Texas or the activities of the Breton Mission in Paris. Nevertheless, bibliographies and captions which are not systematic, would benefit from appearing on all the articles that have been the subject of research in order to prolong their reading.

Keltia looks back on the history of the Celts while remaining attached to current events and upcoming events: exhibitions, festivals, music and dedicated books ... Practical information, allow you to go further and discover the France and the world. You can even find a list of festivals taking place in Ireland, Italy or the Czech Republic. The quarterly publication method can, however, prevent feedback on current affairs and breaking news. This is where the role of the facebook page comes in. In short: it is a pleasant and very interesting reading which effectively makes the link between " Celtic cultures past and our time ».

[1] Among the published works: The Celts. History and dictionary, from the origins to Romanization and Christianity, Paris, Laffont, coll. "Books" or even The Celts, Paris, PUF, coll. "What do I know?"

[2] Among the published works:Celts and Greeks 1 / and 2 / but also Atlantis and Greek Mythology, The Harmattan.


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