Brythonic Polytheism is a religious tradition based on a devotional relationship with one or more of the gods worshipped by the Brythonic peoples inhabiting Britain and Gaul in the Ancient World. Brythonic polytheists recognise a range of goddesses and gods. Some of these gods and goddesses are attested from records or sites of worship in Roman Britain and Gaul, some survived in later stories and other writings, particularly in Welsh which were constructed from oral tales reflecting a continuity of reference from earlier times.
Polytheists recognise a number of gods and accept the presence of many more beyond their personal experience. But as polytheism is an experiential religion, individual polytheists may focus on only a small number of deities, or even a single deity, in their devotional practice. The appearance of deity is multi-faceted, but falls into two main categories:
– The perception of deity felt directly and experienced as a distinctive individual, bound up with a sense of belonging to the land and the deity’s presence in the landscape.
– The parallel presence of deity as an identified individual in traditional tales, myths, images and celebrated in the cultural life of a people.
So Brythonic polytheists continue to experience the presence of deities in the lands of Britain and beyond and seek relationships with them through that experience. They also continue to celebrate them by reconstructing earlier representations of them and their appearances in later folklore, poetry, tales and other cultural forms and by shaping new cultural expressions for our own time based on individual insight and a shared social sense of their continuing presence for us. Devotional practice develops from this making them an important part of our lives as lived from day to day as well as on special occasions.
Dun Brython welcomes all who approach the Brythonic deities with a reverential attitude regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, mental health, spiritual path, or location. By standing with other pagan groups promoting inclusivity and standing against discrimination and hatred we aim to help create a more tolerant world.