Brehon Law: Celtic Triads

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In Celtic culture, the people were governed by civil law. The old Brehon Law of Ireland is still extant. Even Kings and Queens were subject to the Law; in fact, they ruled only by the will of the People. The people could both vote them in, and vote them out. Men and women both enjoyed this. The culture was egalitarian. It was only with the coming of Christianity that women began to lose their legal status. This is evidenced by their eventually becoming banned from the field of battle, and their loss of rights to property ownership and inheritance. They, in fact, lost equal protection under the law.

It is a proven fact that most of the old ways of the Celtic people were held onto. The old ways were simply hidden under a thin veneer of Christianity. With the Triads, it was simply a matter of having the context…

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