Some considerations about this project, its aims and objects of study, in addition to the types of sources used and how these sources will be treated, must be exposed and clarified in order to a better understand of the issue and how it will be discussed and interpreted.
First, it is necessary to say that this project top priority is the historical study of Celtic culture and religion. And this will be consistent with the archaeological discoveries, but without leaving aside the Greeks and Romans reports and the vernacular literature, especially in Ireland. We can’t forget, however, that the reliability of such sources is limited to a historical context and to the political and institutional, in the case of monastic accounts, interests of their authors. To this end, we clarify that any text related to the so called Arthurian cycle will be summarily dismissed, for they are not acceptable as trustful works from the historical standpoint of Celtic studies, since they were much later texts, already in the tradition of medieval chivalry romances. Studies dating from the nineteenth century will be, a priori, ignored, as any study or source that fits in what Hobsbawm calls “invented tradition,” noting that in this period, there was a governmental need to assert “cultural/nationalist”, due to which there were many inaccuracies and even intentional falsifications in order to justify political positions.
That said it is needed to elucidate the purpose of this project. It is a fact that trustful knowledge is difficult to access and understand, for many, especially regarding to the people called the Celts. It is not only for the academic language itself, but also due to language barriers, since except for publications translated into Portuguese as A Civilização Celta and A Sociedade Celta, written by Françoise Le Roux and Christian-J Guyonvarc’h, all academic knowledge about the Celts requires proficiency in a foreign language, especially English and French, to be understood. The intent of this endeavor is to produce and share scholar content material in order to demystify certain concepts and correct many others.
It is important to say straight away that this project being closely linked to our repertoire of knowledge and new discoveries and archaeological studies and history; all presented here is subject to corrections, adjustments, additions, and in extreme cases, we reserve the right, to tax them of erroneous or outdated.