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Poball nan Ealachan Naomha (People of the Sacred Swans) is a local congregation of Comhaltacht na nGaedheal: Cairdreabh nan Gàidheal (Fellowship of the Gaels) a spiritual and cultural organization dedicated to the practice of a revived polytheistic culturally based religious and spiritual tradition. We are structured in the fashion of the ancient Gaelic tribes and clans. Though we are a culturally based group we are open to visits, participation and membership by interested people in a non-prejudicial manner without regard to race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender or any other condition of being.
Our way is based on a Celtic Reconstructionist (CR) methodology of approaching and researching the ancient beliefs of the polytheistic peoples who spoke Old, Archaic & Primitive Irish and who were the ancestors of the modern Irish, Scottish and Manx language speaking peoples. We adhere to what is known as 'hard polytheism' and we celebrate the four ancient fire festivals of the Gaels along with two feast days. Our rites are performed in a combination of Irish & Scottish Gaelic along with English and are open to visitors, as are our meetings.
We are family welcoming and we are based in the Boston South Shore area though our membership stretches as far west as Buffalo and southward through Rhode Island all the way down into the Delmarva Peninsula. Our membership ranges in age from grandparents to families with newborns. One need not be a speaker of Irish or Scottish Gaelic. We meet locally at least twice a month on the second and fourth Sunday evenings, often in Whitman MA, hosted in the homes of various members so we will occasionally meet in other area towns.
Our beliefs and practices include sacred feasts, honouring the ancestors, offerings to several gods and the daoine math (good-folk), seasonal rites and celebrations, personal honour system, reciprocity, open-handedness, sacred hospitality, celebrating life passages, study of ancient myth, lore, customs and law, fosterage (similar to godparentage), sibling co-adoption (similar to blood-brothers/sisters). Our leadership and some of our membership have been doing this for thirty years and we have a trained formal clergy (priest/esshood) called draoi (priest) and ban-draoi (she-priest) available to serve our people and the greater community.
Beannachd leibh (blessings to you)
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