Women in ancient celtic society: their role and symbolic influence modern day people of celtic descent in europe are concentrated on its western shores they predominately live in brittany, cornwall, wales, scotland, the isle of man and ireland. The status and role of women in any era prior to the modern one revolves around these categories within celtic cultures, women had the possibility of higher autonomy and place in ireland, as one example, the roman church had less influence 3 thoughts on “ women in celtic society. A famous celtic warrior queen, from the english perspective was boudicca several of the books about celtic women have an account about her and her association with the goddess andrast when boudicca’s husband prasutagus died, who was the king of the iceni, a prominent tribe of east anglia, boudicca assumed queenship. The lives of ancient celtic women celtic women were distinct in the ancient world for the liberty and rights they enjoyed and the position they held in society compared to their counterparts in greek, roman, and other ancient societies, they were allowed much freedom of activity and mediating role in their own tribal assemblies.
Ancient celtic women did all of those things, too, exceptshow more content ancient celtic society was a little bit different from those of today they were governed by a council of nobles the king was not the law maker, but rather law applier. Women in celtic society references to celtic women are not only rare but are also excluding medieval source material from the inhabitants of brittany, wales, ireland and scotland, derived from the writings of the celts' greek and roman neighbours in addition, the overwhelming majority of these sources come from the first century bc and the first century ad.
But that is one woman out of thousands upon thousands who were born, worked, and died within 5 miles of their home at the same time, within celtic cultures, women had the possibility of higher autonomy and place in ireland, as one example, the roman church had less influence.
The role of women as priestesses is one which would have appeared quite acceptable to the romans and greeks, as the only public role allowable to their women was that of religious functionaries40 divination, sacrifice and offering, as a physical connection to gods and goddesses was supposedly an important tool in celtic and germanic decision making.
In women of the celtic in myth, legend and story, accounts referring to celtic women’s involvement in warfare, include, the roman historian diodorus siculus who observed, “the women of the celts are nearly as tall as the men and they rival them also in courage” (celtic women,1999). In the words of dorothy watts, celtic women were “considered valuable members of society and, indeed, some had considerable power and influence” women could become druids and fight in battle “between the ranks dashed women dressed in black like the furies, with hair dishevelled, waving torches” - tacitus.