"The practice of dedications to particular deities appears to have been
a late development -- something that was not sanctioned by the Druids who
appear to have looked at deities as metaphors of qualities, as Lucian
reports when a Druid tells him "We Celts believe the power of speech to
be Herakles". Much earlier, Brennus thought the Greeks silly for depicting
their deities in human forms. "
Diodorus Siculus attributed to Scythians their legend of Herakles and echidna-viper dragon. -Diod.2.43. Herod.4.5. Diodorus then records that Celts originated from Herakles and echidna Kelto, mother of Keltos.- Diod 5.24. Ety.Mag 502. Parth. Alc.30. Herakles as "power of speech" may be seen in Gk." `era " immortality, as in his mother "Hera", and semantically in Breton "breut" Cymric "brodiau" forever, as truth and judgement "brat breto breathanas" stand forever. "Vergobret" effective judgement, were the elected druids in Gaul,
and Eire had "Brehon" laws. "Bret-" derives from IE "bher" to say (E."breath") , indicating the immortal truth of judgement by Herakles and by druids.
This then relates to the rest of the account in the above refs. The father of Kelto
dragon was Brettanos of Gaul, who thus as a druid britheman had the mental qualities of his metaphoric son-in-law Herakles.
Kelto was a viper which produce living young, not snake-eggs (oviparous). "Echidna" has that vipere wyvern sense. She was mother of Chimera the composite goat-lion with snake-tail, who was defeated in Lydia and became Mount Olympias volcano in Lycia as guardian of Hades, protecting against falsehood. -H.Rose "Handbook of Greek Myth"p.83.
This was in Homer's time, indicating that Celts revered non-human and human metaphors, if these served druids' self-interest. The worst crime in Brahmin realms was murder of a Brahmin, such as the dragon Vritra.
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