Weapons of Ancient Celtic

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The Weapons of the Ancient Celtic People

The Celts are warlike people. They are considered barbarians, and they are being feared by other European cultures because of their fierceness and tenacity when engaging in a battle. They have fought a number of famous battles that have been recorded in history. They won numerous battles because they used different weapons against their enemies. Body and mind, equipment such as the sword and enchantments are some of the weapons they have used to gain victory.

The early typical Celtic warriors are fearsome warriors because some do not fight with any armor of any kind. They use their body as a weapon, but it is not similar to karate body punch or some sort of martial art. Diodous Siculus, a historian, says, “Some use iron breast-plates in battle, while others fight naked, trusting only in the protection which nature gives” (Gregory, 9a). There must be several reasons for their nudity during a battle. They probably fight naked because they want to unnerve or to disrespect the enemy. Another possibility is to show off their tattoos, war paints and scars as an open evidence of courage and superiority among others. It can also be a part of an ancient religious ritual. It is probable that they believe in their tattoos and painted symbols as protections against danger. When engaged in warfare, the Celts will paint their faces and bodies in order to appear grotesque, scream and yell when attacking. This group of people does not only use their body, but also their intelligence in order to capture and defeat their enemies. Although most Celtic leaders are male, there is a famous female leader named Bouddica. She led the Celtic tribes to expel the Romans. She plans everything from the beginning before attacking the enemy. While governor Paulinus was leading a campaign in North Wales, she persuaded the other tribes to join…...

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