This a simple guide for those who want to do research, are a little intimidated, and don’t know where to start.
Note: One does not need to have a blog or do deep research to be part of the community. Also, one does not need to go about this in a Harvard professor’s way either, as this write-up is for the common folks.
As one gets into the Gaulish Realm of things, you will notice many folks have blogs and focus on specific things: a tribe, animals, certain Deuoi, weapons, plants, etc. This might seem like we are a bunch of armchair academics at some level; there is truth to that, but not all of us are focused on academics. Our personal Gnosis is also essential (Unverified Personal Gnosis, sometimes referred to as UPG, unverifiable personal gnosis, or subjective personal gnosis, is a spiritual belief gained through personal experience or intuition that cannot be attributed to or corroborated by received tradition, professional scholarship, or direct citation in an accepted religious text), and for some, it’s more so than the academic side of things. There must be a balance between the two. For us, we need both we cant get caught up in one or the other.
It can be challenging for some to approach the academic scholarly side. We will break some things down on a fundamental level to get started.
Personally, I have a concept I use for symbolic reasons, which is an anchor (My focus and Intrest), and when I get caught in rabbit holes ( Areas in our research that take us to other places), I can still be focused and find my way back out. The Anchor grounds us as we spread out, looking for the things that interest us in our research.
Think about who you are and what you like. If you are interested in herbs, use that as your Anchor, your cornerstone as you journey around. Start by looking into the herbs of Gaul. This might mean you have to look at neighboring cultures and read their works on the Gauls example, Marcellus Empiricus De medicamentis liber, Dioscorides De materia medica, or Pliny Naturalis Historia. Those are the central place to start with herbs.
Suppose you are interested in the tribes and would like to research them but are unsure how to go about it. In that case, you can find one based on family history, Gaulish history, or maybe certain Deuoi that you give devotion to that are part of a said tribe, or even the location of a tribe might be the thing that connects you.
Below is a great place to start looking at tribes with this map, you can gauge an area, you can also see other neighboring tribes around.
Maybe you want to start researching a Deuoi that we don’t have much info to go off of. The first thing to do is find the inscription. Usually, when you read an academic book, they give you notes, and you might see CIL (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum) RIB ( Roman British Inscriptions), or RAE and others next to the inscription; those are databases for the inscriptions. You can use this site to look up inscriptions. https://edh.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/links.
There are many reasons to do this.
What was the inscription on?
What place was found?
What region was it found?
Did it have other things on it, like images or more writing?
All of these are important for uncovering what said Deuoi was about. You might find they were part of a tribe, and you might want to research a little on the said tribe to find out more about the Deoui. Say that’s truly all you can find was just a name. Well, now it is about breaking down the name. What does it mean in Gaulish? What if that does not point to much? Well, now it is about Celiâ (Divination) asking questions and reaching out but being careful and cautious as you don’t know what will answer back. This last step personally should be done by a seasoned person or ask a Uatis or a Ueleð
There are so many fields of interest to help get you started. Don’t overthink it, and take your time.
Useful site we highly recommend
The computerized Compendium of Gallic inscriptions RIIG – This is a very useful site with much information and translations of over 400 inscriptions.
Encyclopédie de l’Arbre Celtique – A massive unbiased encyclopedia with many resources.
History Files – History files has much information on the different tribes with write-ups about each.
The Classical Sources on the Gauls – A massive project that the Gaulish Polytheism site is doing to help new folks and aid in research and understanding for the individuals in the community.
Lexicon Leponticum – A lexicon of Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish objects bearing Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish inscriptions.
Gallia Archéologie des Gaules – Archeology journals about Gaul