Irish Celtic Symbols and What They Stand For
October 17, 2010
The Civilization of Ireland is an old one, dating as far back as 8000 B.C. It’s no surprise that the country has a rich heritage and very old traditions and symbols. The purpose of this paper will help you understand some of the important information on the types of symbols that the Irish cherish.
The first symbol we will talk about is The Claddagh Ring. This ring is the traditional Irish wedding ring. The Claddagh Symbolism refers to love, fidelity and friendship.
Irish People all over the world wear the Claddagh with pride of their heritage. The Claddagh history goes back to Roman times. The design of the ring is two hands holding a heart with a crown on top of the heart. This is one of the most familiar symbols of the Irish heritage (O’Farrel, 2009).
If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing out, then this shows that your heart is not yet won. Worn on the right hand with the heart facing in means you are engaged. Worn on the left hand facing out shows everyone you are married (O’Farrel, 2009). These rings are traditionally passed down within families, when they feel you are old enough to understand the meanings of the way the ring in worn.
The next Symbol we will talk about it is the Shamrock. The Shamrock was once known as “seamrog” which meant little clover. The shamrock grows abundantly in Ireland. Some people believed in latter times that the shamrock was a sacred plant. People today still believe it has mystical powers. People say that the leaves on a shamrock turn upright when a storm is coming (Anonymous, 2010). It is also said that you will never see a snake in the shamrocks ever. They say Saint Patrick vanished them forever from Ireland, and to this day you will not see a snake.
The ancient Irish Celts believed in the Shamrock because it had three leaves and “3” was a scared number that they believed had...