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Ogham: was the language of the druids

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

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/07/ogham.html

July 20, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

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!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toono-Takaki

What an amazing post!

And you have 4 languages level 25. Wow!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Speir_

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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