From: Jon Hughes [mailto:[email protected]]
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Dear Mr Hughes,
It seems to me that your 'thesis' (the hackneyed 19th century trope of exciting and sexually-explicit 'paganism') runs completely counter to what I say on this website.
We know almost nothing about Celtic religion, and what we do know for certain (reverence for trees and water) is largely ignored. Celtic religion stretched from Ukraine and Romania to Ireland, but the Irish seem to have assumed ownership rather as the English assumed ownership of Ireland. I find this despicable. I live in a country where people are still sent to places of healing waters as part of the healthcare system. I live just 2 kilometres from a sacred spring. Forests are still sacred in France as they are not in Ireland.
You mention "early-Christian images" on my website, when it is crystal clear that my website is concerned with the late-mediæval phenomenon of exhibitionism on churches, which I am at pains to point out derives from the plentiful Classical antique models which were visible at the time. There are no exhibitionist early-Christian images in Ireland. Those that do exist in the Christian world are Coptic or Byzantine images of the baptism of Jesus.
You have not read my text, nor have you bothered to do any fieldwork for what I take to be yet another meretricious work in the titillating, popular market for pseudo-Celtism.
So, although anyone can pirate my non-copyright pictures (which come from 40 years of research) from the web, I will not sign your publisher's agreement, especially having read their book-list.
mise, le meas,
am also grateful to Julianna
Tina Negus    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157600159376057/),
John Harding    (www.sheelanagig.org),
Sean Breadin, photographer
Joël Jalladeau and Jacques Martin    (http://jalladeauj.fr/modillonsbis/styled/index.html),
for several important photos on these pages, which have been expanded from the website
is the worst form of Avarice'
'La pruderie est une espèce d'avarice, la pire de toutes'
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- Antonio Dominguez Leiva, Reader in comparative literature at the University of Burgundy, Dijon.
updated June 2021