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Ogham: was the language of the druids

Ogham was invented by the first Christian communities in early Ireland,


July 20, 2017



They had an alphabet of twenty letters called Ogham.

Each letter was named after a tree from the land where they lived.

That filled my heart. I wonder if the person (people?) who created ogham was a romantic. Someone awed by and touched by the atmosphere created by nature, that they would name letters after it. I can think of no higher expression of love/respect/fear(perhaps) than to name the letters of the alphabet after the objects of ones esteem.

(Note: Not atmosphere like gasses. But, atmosphere as in "the pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or work of art."--Google)

Thank you for this magnificent post!

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Ogham wasn't a language, it was a script/alphabet - it was used to write inscriptions in Primitive Irish but there are also some examples of Pictish.

It's purely conjecture that the letters were originally named after trees - that suggestion comes from centuries later, and wasn't particularly associated with (essentially modern) romantic notions of druidism.


Is that where the phrase Oggi Oggi Oggi came from? :-/


Thank you Jack. :) That was an interesting post, I was not aware of this. :)


What an amazing post!

And you have 4 languages level 25. Wow!


The part about the alphabet (each letter named from a tree) was really interesting, and I wasn't aware of any of this, thanks a lot!

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