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Death comes to us all and in my Path Morrigan the Phantom Queen of Death and War will chose the slain and judge. But what happens to the body? Having done some research for my book I have found that there are three options. Interned in a grave or barrow with some grave goods, namely food, or burned in a pyre and then interned within a barrow or other sacred place. The third is reserved for those who deserve no better, those who have committed heinous crimes, and they are tied and placed facedown into a bog.

Now I have found little evidence of a Death Penalty imposed in general use, so these crimes must have been very serious indeed, and because things were not written down until after the Druid class was all but wiped out and then only after the Christians came and the Book of Kells was written.

To be fair, I have not had the opportunity to really study the Kells, not being able to read much Irish, and translating from old Irish to modern English is beyond my capabilities.

Was the different interns for different classes or different deaths, probably the former rather than the latter, with the higher classes and learned craftsmen being buried with grave goods while the peasants and slaves were burned, probably without grave goods.

This is only speculation on my part but I do not really think that it would make much difference to the outcome of the Kai’s journey onwards, either to the Underworld or the Otherworld. As to whether Morrigan would personally turn up for every Death, I do not think so, only those deemed important enough, and not just of status or standing. For She was the Queen of the Shee, and I am guessing that for the most part, it is they who would turn up, otherwise Morrigan would be very busy with a population of tens of thousands, a lot of people dying every day, maybe about 4-5 every hour or hundreds if there was a battle.

But now with maybe a few hundred who really believe throughout the world of over 7 billion, maybe She would turn up herself. But I have already decided what I am doing with my body, written elsewhere on here, but what is my Status with regards to my ancestors, and what should I do? In today’s society I am working class, (peasant), but I was a fair wordsmith and a not bad guitarist, so would my ancestors class me as a Bard? A Learned man. Also I was a quite good fighter with sword and spear so I would have been a solider or Guard had I been there then, and then was now. Also my Path is Shaman based, which I class myself as, so would I have been a Druid class? Druid, Guard (retired), Bard (retired), in one package, but peasant still.

No this is not a case of Ego! Just stating facts of what I have taught and been taught. And yet I still just class myself as working class, rather than a leader or some such. Regardless that I teach and have taught fighting skill to others, and my Path on here and face to face, namely to my daughter Jinkx over the last few years, since she decided who and what she worshiped and sort my advice. So am I going against my class by wanting to be burned on a pyre, or does it not really matter, just as long as I do die sometime. Gods but that would be a nightmare for me, left alive, unable to pass over.

But according to some, these Isles were drenched in the blood of human and animal sacrifices, and yet I have found no evidence to corroborate these claims. Granted these claims came from Christian and Roman sources, neither who had much good to say about my ancestors. The Wicker Man is one such version, and a culture who did not have a general Death Penalty and who revered all life would stuff animals still alive, plants and at least one human as a sacrifice to Brid, Goddess of the Land, to guarantee a good harvest. Yes I am biased, but how comes we would even think of doing that? And What became of the Kai of all of the victims, animal and vegetable? What a massive waste of food, when the right prayer and a small offering would, (and has) sufficed. If I did this then I would really despise myself for the rest of my life. Burned alive, what an evil thing to do, yes evil and wicked. And you would be judged as such by the Phantom Queen herself. Down to Labraid and returned to Earth to face your punishment.

But what is Labraid and the Underworld? Some has been covered with the Otherworld, Land of Eternal Youth etc. But I have found not much on the Underworld. A Christian Hell? I really do not think so, the whole culture of the Gods and the people does not point to something like this, and besides, more souls would pass through this way and back to Earth than onwards to the Otherworld.

So Fire and Brimstone, nope. Big Red scary horned demon God? Nope. Labraid has been depicted as a older man, more akin to the Christian God. A massive Hall where the Kai’s journey and lessons are given and eventually reborn back onto this world to learn their lesson and continual their journey, and maybe next time, onwards to the Otherworld. Not a place to fear, unlike most other Faiths, (but not the Chinese, who have a massive underworld, populated by hundreds of clerks and sending the soul onwards depending on the life and type of death they had).

 

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