Welcome to Everything you want to know about The Celts


Hello there! We are a modern day Northern European Style tribe called Maers Khohias. We are of both Norse and Celtic decent here. Come sit. Warm yourself by our fire!! We want you to feel at home as we share some of our Celtic tribe's hospitality. Come. Join in our sitting circle, round the central cauldron and have something to eat, in our Celtic round house. Once fed, sit back, relax, read and listen to some of our stories. Here you will find great information, taking you back in time to meet the ancestors.

If you have the opportunity to come in person to Crawford Bay, BC and take in our courses taught at our school, you'll hear more information, on the Celts and the Vikings, not shared here, as well as live music. We'd love to hear your stories too!!

In no time, you'll be dancing, sharing some good mead or ale and adding to the rooms boasts and toasts.
We Northern European Celts and Vikings are waiting for you.

Having and event? We offer lots of props to choose from as well as great musicians and entertainers. This will be the icing for your Celtic or Viking medieval style event. Need some costumes or warrior gear? We shall help you there too. ... Or Maybe you are the studious type and want to study Celtic ritual, dance, music and beliefs, or have a you have a gift. If so you might want to take a course from our Druid/Bard schools. See here.

Slainte!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Medieval Hair Combs


The earliest Hair combs in Celtic areas are from Atlantic Scotland. But combs in general can be traced to as far back as 5,000 years ago. The material most used for medieval combs was reindeer or deer antler. 

Pictish Celts, Scottish Celts and Scandinavians had 14 different style medieval hair combs found. Very decorative as well. Later on during Viking ages, these medieval hair combs developed elaborate metal engravings on them as well, although it is argued that these were also available earlier. 

Medieval Hair Combs were not only used to tame stray hairs or detangle hair, but for cleaning purposes.

Both sexes would use medieval hair combs and medieval pins to braid their hair and fasten hollow golden balls, feathers and other beads to the ends of the braids. Another style that was popular among some medieval Celtic men was the glib (short all over except for a long, thick lock of hair towards the front of the head).  It was kind of a buns or ponytails atop their heads we hear, in at least one tribe. 

The Irish, both men and women, took great pride in their long hair and their law books state that those who cut off another's hair against their will would pay a heavy fine of two cows. Women had very long hair which was their mark of beauty. 

A band or ribbon around the forehead was another typical way of holding one's hair in place but it was only nobility that wore an often a thin and bendy strip/ribbon of burnished gold, silver or findrinny. 

There are three types of medieval hair combs; hair combs to comb the hair to detangle, decorative medieval hair combs to stay in the hair and what we would call flea combs today. 

Brahva 

Laurie L. Mills

Copyright August 3rd, 2012

2 comments:

TheWoodElf said...

It is interesting that this same respect for hair was also seen amongst Merovingian warriors and Spartan warriors too, who also took pride in the grooming and appearance of their hair. I found a great website that sells reproduction combs and I have always wanted to buy one.

Brahva said...

Interesting Wood elf, but not surprising. While studying the Northern European tribes for some time and their myths and ways, i have also found that all the cultures were very similar, just changed the names and slight variations. Thanks so much for your comment! it is much appreciated!