Today’s Bretons still see their old Celtic myths that have been muted into the news ones. These are still observed today in the cult to the deer. The proof of the pre-christian cult to the deer, is found in the Mesolithic tombs of Hoedic and of Teviec.
The wood or branches are found in those tombs upon the heads of buried men. The wood or the branches of the deer are guarantees of a resurrection. This is proof that the old Keltic Bretons practiced in ‘imitative magic’.
It is common knowledge, the wood of the deer fall each year and then grow back again… This is a natural earthly explanation of how ‘resurrection’ works. When man or women put upon their heads the wood and branches of a deer, they are ‘imitating’ the fall of the wood and branches from upon a deer’s head. Wood branches of the deer, found at burial sites, are ‘proof’ that the ancient Bretons did imitation magic. Their is no doubt about this, since it is found among the contents included within their ancient tombs.
Later people of ancient Brittany devoted a cult to a horned character. Proof of this appears on the engraved metal of the famous Celtic cauldron of Gundestrup – the cauldron of plenty. On the pillar of Nautes of Lutece; on the cauldron sits Cernunnos. He sits upon a ledge in the manner of a Buddha, and then of a Gaelic decorated of a torque – exhibiting magnificent antlers on his head.
Even though the Gaelic-Roman centuries and then the Christianity ones, had erased him, Cernunnos still holds on as a god. Without a doubt, this prehistoric horned god brings to mind the Christian image of a Satan character – and that of a Christian Devil; because of his horns, his crown and his tiara. Amazingly, this pre-christian horned god, Cernunnos, reappears in Christian lore…
Cernunnos, the horned god, reappears as Saint Edern perched on a deer – at Lannederne. As Saint Hubert – at Cast (chase of). As Saint Thelau mounting a deer – at Plogonnec toussaint Cornely; there, he is the protector of the ‘horned beasts’! And then also, at Tourch, Carnac, la Chapelle des Marais, Rochefort en Terre, Plumeliau.
The deer, Cernunnos, also appears in the hagiographies of Saint Hubert and of Saint Eustache. It is still the doe of king Marc’h. In the legend of Merlin’s deer (Myrddin the wild), where the deer and the wild man are as one…
The Gaelics are the ancestors of today’s Bretons. Their Gaelic ancestors heard, in those ancient clearings of the ceremonies, the rap of the golden sickle; the fall of the mistletoe in the cradle of the leaves. And in minds filled with dreams, wrinkled like old soured apples, spread anew in clothing of dreams and of candor
The Bretons of today no longer hear players of Carnyx; that instrument made of bronze sheet metal. It was through the sounds made by the Carnyx, that the whispers of the warriors of the cauldron of Gundestrup could be heard – as they they left to go towards death. But the ancient gods and goddesses, beneath new attires, still roam today; they reappear here and there and in the everlasting dreams of the Bretons.
Taken, translated and adapted from: Dieux et deesses Brettonnes, Agence Presse, source : Marc Patay