The site <www.pangurglas.ie>

This is intended as a specific aspect of the general work I will do on <www.wolflander.ie>. It will be used primarily as a blog space to show how shamanic and druidic practices, which were developed two thousand years ago, are still relevant to today's world. I envisage using it to provide a commentary on, and an explanation of, ongoing projects that I develop to demonstrate the application of these ideas in today's world.


Meaning of "pangurglas"

"Pangur Bán" is an Old Irish poem, written about the 9th century at or around Reichenau Abbey (in Austria). It was written by an Irish monk in the margins of a manuscript, and is about his cat. Pangur Bán, "white Pangur", is the cat's name. Although the poem is anonymous, it bears similarities to the poetry of Sedulius Scottus, prompting speculation that Sedulius is the author. In 8 verses of four lines, the author compares the cat's activities with his own scholarly pursuits. (from Wikipedia)

I have coined the name Pangur Glas, "green Pangur", from the image of a cat with green eyes (not green fur!!). It is an emblem that emphasises the positive environmentalist views of modern Druids. We work with natural forces, respecting Nature in all its forms. Shamans, throughout the world, refer to "all our relatives", by which we draw attention to the fundamental relatedness between us humans and all other aspects and manifestations of life on the planet and indeed in the entire cosmos. It refers not only to plants and animals but to “all that is” which has "spirit" or "life force". It is in direct contra-position to the materialism, negativity, and destructiveness of those who claim that the world, Nature and all that exists may be plundered by humans for personal gain.

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How it relates to Ireland

The Druids were active in Ireland as a spiritual and religious (so-called "pagan") force up to the arrival of Christian missionaries in the 5th century AD. We have no precise information on their origins but archaeological finds suggests that they were active for many centuries BC in the areas we now recognise as Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and France. There is evidence that, despite the popular myths that St. Patrick drove the druids out of Ireland, druidic influences continued to be present in Irish society and even within Christian society and institutions right up to the late Middle Ages circa 1700. Vestiges of these influences are still to be found in Irish life now.

I intend to demonstrate that these influences can still be brought to bear today. In particular, the related site <www.adomnan.com> will focus on projects that will apply druidic/shamanic experience and methods to modern issues. Itwill inform on such work as that of Adomnán, the Prior of the Monastery in Iona (Scotland) who organised a Synod of Bishops and Chieftains at Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 697 AD. The results of the Synod were passed as Laws which then held sway not only in Ireland but also in England, Scotland and Wales. They were referred to collectively as the "Law of Innocents" and were guaranteed by the named representatives present who are listed in the old manuscript which is stall extant.

The "Wolflander" site

The site <www.wolflander.ie> is the parent site. It is devoted to presenting and exploring the rich heritage of early Irish literature which includes most of the information now available to us concerning the Druids.

You will find there:

  • links to images of early Irish manuscripts which are held in archives in many different places around the world;

  • transcripts of the Old Irish and Latin material in a form more easily understood by readers today;

  • translations of these documents from Old Irish and Latin into modern Irish;

  • Summaries of these documents in several different languages;

  • An online shop where a range of resources is available and will be added to as to project grows and develops;

IMPORTANT NOTICE :

This site is a "work-in-progress" and is now in it first stage of development. More material will be added as time goes on.

Law of the Innocents

The “Law of the Innocents” was concerned primarily with crimes against women, It detailed the variety of offenses implicated as well as the procedures for bringing the guilty to justice, But more importantly still, it extended its protection to non-combatants in situations of war. Despite the assumed sophistication of modern society, we see situations today in the Middle East, in the Ukraine, in Africa, in the Amazon regions, and other places where non-combatants, women, children, the elderly, the sick, the disabled, are innocent victims to a violence, that is sacrilegiously referred to as "friendly fire", or hidden under the camouflage of development and progress!

It is important to remember that Adomnán's Synod occurred on a small island on the extreme Western edge of the great landmass of what we now call Europe and Asia. It was then, as it is now, one of the last areas where Celtic tribes had settled and maintained their way of life and culture. This all happened centuries before the Rights of Man were promulgated in Europe. I am working to ensure that it is not overlooked.

Other projects in the pipeline

  • Peace projects
  • Community development
  • Individual spiritual development
  • The next great Space Adventure .... into Inner Space

This site is not intended as a one-person venture. I am an individual with strengths and weaknesses, and most definitely, I have my limitations. If you would like to contribute to the work of this site, please visit the related social networking site CAIRDEAS (press button below to go there)where we will discuss issues in an open forum for members. Suggestions will also be welcome about future projects which should be focused on the application of druidic/shamanic knowledge to the problems of NOW!

Project #1 - Israel/Gaza

Press the button below, to read the introduction to this project