Since he was so popular, the Catholic Church discovered that the Celts were extremely resistant to abandoning his worship for the sake of a new religion called Christianity. So the Church decided that instead of ignoring Cernunnos altogether, they would simply incorporate his horned image with the Catholic notion of "Satan." Abracadabra! With a wave of the hand one Celtic Nature God becomes a Christian devil. This is why Western culture often depicts Satan with horns. Apparently the tactic worked since to this day horns are, more often than not, linked symbolically with diabolical matters.
This is a most telling example of the extreme contrast between the pagan religion of the Celtic Druids and the dogmatic authoritarianism of Christianity. The Celts lived in harmony with the sacred experience of the natural world that flourished all around them. All phenomena were considered divine and worthy of respect and veneration. Christianity on the other hand sees nature as something to be controlled and conquered. In other words, the Celts, and all pagan cultures for that matter, believed themselves to be of nature; Christianity spread the notion that humans were above nature.
Sigh. Sorry if that depressed you.
The Fifteen Gods
These are the 15 categories of this test. If you score above average in
all or none of the four variables: Dagda. Erudite: Thoth. Sensual: Frey. Martial: Mars. Saturnine: Mictlantecuhtli. Erudite & Sensual: Amun. Erudite & Martial: Odin. Erudite & Saturnine: Anubis. Sensual & Martial: Zeus. Sensual & Saturnine: Cernunnos. Martial & Saturnine: Loki. Erudite, Sensual & Martial: Lug. Erudite, Sensual & Saturnine: Coyote. Erudite, Martial & Saturnine: Hades. Sensual, Martial & Saturnine: Pan.
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