Galatibessus

Audio version of this page read by Caromâros Caitogabros, Ambactos of Galatîs Litauiâs

In order to get involved in Galatîbessus (Gaulish Customs), one must have these basic understandings.

  • One must have Gaulish Gods (Deuôi)
  • A structure for basic ritual
  • A calendar with holidays
  • An altar
  • The Virtues
  • Understanding the culture
  • Use of the Language
  • Understanding the history

What is Galatibessus (Gaulish Customs)?
Galatîbessus (Gaulish Customs) is the worship of Dêuoi (Gaulish deities) within a framework that is either based in Reconstructionist methodology to varying degrees, in some other way inspired by Gaulish culture, or both. Either as it was historically, or its contemporary revival. Thus what separates the Galatis from someone who worships a or some Gaulish deities is that historic Gaulish culture or contemporary Gaulish revival informs their practices.

This, of course, is a collection of Polytheistic (belief in many distinct deities) traditions. It is also Animistic, meaning everything is believed to have some spirit; people, places, animals, plants, stones, water bodies, and even objects. There are many forms and variations within. Meaning that there is not a singular way to practice. Though there are various traditions, there is no “one way.” Some are more structured than others, but this does not assign greater validity to them.

The learning of Gaulish history, customs, and culture. is paramount Focusing on learning what is right to bring forward and make it applicable to our own time and what is best left in the Iron Age. Through this, we can aspire to a vibrant and positive set of customs that are helpful to us in the modern-day, as opposed to reactionary or romanticist thinking as tradition is not unmoving or unchanging. This can be seen in many cultures today that remember their cultural roots while also partaking in contemporary societies.

Some examples are things like the revival of material culture, using forms of Gaulish language, and working on newer projects such as myths and constructing practices for different aspects of life.

What about Gaulish Polytheism why not use that terminology?
Gaulish Polytheism describes part of Galatîbessus. But it does not properly describe a Galatis. Polytheism is the worship of many gods, it is not connected to culture or anything of deeper meaning on its own. Putting the word Gaulish in front of the word Polytheism only serves to denote which God/desses we worship. So it shows that someone worships Gaulish Dêuoi.

Galatîbessus denotes that not only does someone worship the Dêuoi, but that they’re also interested in being culturally Gaulish.

These are the basics of Galatîbessus. There are many diverse customs and traditions within. From this basic foundation, or with alterations, the practice of Galatîbessus is possible, and a fulfilling custom can be made.

In the end, it is all one the individuals to label themselves what they will if you are one that takes the label Gaulish Polytheist as long as you are doing the above that’s all that matters.