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Celtic Women The Genetic Code

Updated on August 30, 2017

What Are The Characteristics Of Celtic Women?

I am a Celtic Woman of Irish-Scott descent. The "genetic code" for the physical appearance of Celtic women has remained greatly unchanged throughout time. Read on to discover a little bit about what it means to be a Celtic Woman. Who are we? What are we about? What are the characteristics we share?

Celtic is pronounced like Kel-tic.

"I fear for the era when there will be no more Celts remaining. When this somber time comes to pass, the world will be left a darker, more bleak place to live. I hope that I do not live to see it." ~~┬ęDale Dassel 2001

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is pronounced like Kel-tic

What is "Celtic"?

It is important to briefly note that the term "Celtic" refers to a diverse body of languages and a varied group of people. The Celtic language includes Irish, Manx, Scots-Gaelic, Welsh, Breton and Cornish. Further, the term "Celtic" has only be en in use since the 18th century classicists coined it. It was they who "lumped together" the Celts as "noble savages" and circulated the modern stereotypes persistent to this day.

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The Genetic Code For The Celtic Woman - by Dale Dassel

Who are the Celtic Women? Dale Dassel writes that the "genetic code" for the physical appearance of Celtic women has remained greatly unchanged throughout time, and can be readily identified by a number of similar features of modern women of Celtic descent, proving that the lineage remains unbroken to this day.

He writes that the "Celtic lineage is one of the oldest in the world, yet few people of this bloodline are to be found in modern times."

In fact, it almost becomes a challenge to locate a person of pure Celtic origin. Through research and observation, Dale Dassel has managed to pinpoint certain physical characteristics that are indicators of a person of Celtic lineage. In his comparative study, he describes and demonstrates the features that are predominant to women of Celtic descent.

The Celtic woman of ancient and modern times share many of the same physical features, the two most distinctive being red hair and extremely pale skin (another sign, though not always present, are freckles). But there are additional signs of Celtic ancestry that have been carried in the blood through the millennia since the Gauls and Celts ruled Europe thousands of years ago. In women of pure, unbroken Celtic lineage, we see strikingly similar, beautiful facial features.

Read the article with the examples Dassel uses to make his point.

Maureen O'Hara Celtic Woman

Dale Dassel, author of The Celtic Woman, writes "The shape of the nose and the high forehead, in combination with each other, are probably the two most prominent symbols of Celtic lineage outside of having red hair and pale skin."

  • "pale skin possibly with freckles
  • fiery red hair which pulls away from the head and flows back
  • the distinctive, delicately pointed, prominent nose
  • high forehead
  • firm jaw
  • thin arching eyebrows"

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Irish Colleen (Celtic Woman) - Traditional Irish Dress, 1890

Irish Colleen Celtic Woman
Irish Colleen Celtic Woman | Source

This Library of Congress print is of a 1890s photochrom of a beautiful Irish Colleen, or Celtic woman. She is dressed in traditional clothing of the era, wearing a traditional Irish woolen cloak, frequently known as a brat, pulled over a patterned scarf that is pinned near her breast. Elegant dark lace shows at her sleeves. She wears a white apron and clutches a rosary in her hands.

Image: Forms part of: Views of Ireland in the Photochrom print collection. Library of Congress

The photochrom process is a combination of photography and lithography.

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The Celtic People

"The Celtic people have long been an enigma to the world for their historically independent- thinking minds and for their kind of natural mysticism."

What We Know About the Celts - And some things we don't know

No literature survives from ancient Gaul and records of the people are fragmentary. Carolyn Larrington in her book, The Feminist Companion to Mythology says,

"We do not know the Celts but only the Gauls, Irish, Welsh, and Bretons...archeological evidence (of the Celts) is related to the continental Celts, vernacular literature to the insular Celts, thus the two cannot validate each other without the risk of circularity, but they can tell us about their myth and beliefs" (121).

The Celts - Lost Treasures Of The Ancient World - Episode 1


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A Celtic Tale
A Celtic Tale

"This lush, evocative "soundtrack" by the Brothers Danna brings to life the legend of Deirdre with mystery, excitement, sorrow and Celtic flare." ~ Brianna Neal


Celtic Tale: Legend of Deirdre

(Irish pronunciation: Derdriu)

Deirdre is the foremost tragic heroine in Irish mythology and probably its best-known figure in modern times. She is often called "Deirdre of the Sorrows." Her story is part of the Ulster Cycle, the best-known stories of pre-Christian Ireland.

An illustrated booklet includes John Stuart Dick's rendition of the tale.


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The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon

Young and old alike will enjoy this magical Arthurian reinvention by science fiction and fantasy veteran Marion Zimmer Bradley. --Bonnie Bouman Review


Mists of Avalon A Book About Celtic Legend - by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I love this book about the Authutian legend telling the story from the women's point of view. It's one of those books that I've read several times.

The following is the description from Amazon:

"Even readers who don't normally enjoy Arthurian legends will love this version, a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. The Mists of Avalon's Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes."

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Loreena Mckennitt - The Mists of Avalon

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Worshipful Spirit

"The heathen Irish had a worshipful spirit. As to their morals, they certainly honored woman more than did the favoured Jews or accomplished Greeks."

James Bonwick, Norwood, 1894

NOTE: The word "heathen" refers to the people who live on the "Heath" rather than in the towns and cities.

Sacred Sites

Have you visited any sacred Celtic site?

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Loreena McKennitt - Caravanserai

Sacred Chalice Well Symbol of Avalon - in Glastonbury

The following describes the symbolism of this beautiful jewelry.

"The Vesica Piscis is a sacred geometric symbol found at the site of the Chalice Well in the center of Avalon at Glastonbury Tor. The circumference of one circle goes through the center of another identical circle and the ellipse in the center is the Vesica. The two circles represent the joining of the spirit and the material."

Family Tartans

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How to Tie a Big Celtic Heart Knot - by TIAT

What Do You Think Of Celtic Women? - I love to hear from my readers

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      Great lens about a fascinating subject! Thanks!

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      jen17 lm 4 years ago

      Love your lens! I'm from Ireland, but now living in Canada, and seeing all this celtic stuff is making me a little homesick. Brought back some great memories for me, thanks for sharing!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I learned a bit here about Celtic women, interesting! I have some Irish ancestry but doubt enough to be considered Celtic. Also a fan of Leonie Dawson, she's a delight!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Beautiful review, and beautiful women!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Thank you for posting about this page on Pinterest! Yes, Enya is Celtic! I agree, her music is fabulous!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Oh my I've been on this lens for ages; really enjoying listening to all the youtube vids- truly beautiful music! Lovely lens! Blessing if it will let me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens. I'm putting it on my GIRL POWER Pinterest board.RE: Celtic women? Thankful for Enya who introduced me to this world through her fabulous music.She's Celtic, right?

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens! Will need to come back to check out your music lists soon. Thanks for all the info. Ps: my squidoo name is a tribute to my Celtic heritage!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @Aunt-Mollie: That's an interesting idea. Certainly takes history back a long way!

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      Some people say that the Celts, especially Gauls, are descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel. There is a famous group in England called British Israelites who studies this and the evidence seems quite convincing. What do you think?

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love the Celtic Music and have a nice collection here!

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Do you suppose Celtic DNA is arranged in Celtic knot patterns? I hope so.

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      Enjoyed this lens-and I love Noirin O Riain

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens for one of the world's most prominent very small minority groups!

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      I am fascinated about Celtic culture!

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      love those gals, hope to get some of their music in the near future! Thanks so much for sharing and giving us gals, the Celtic ones anyway, another reason to crow a bit!

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      whoisbid lm 7 years ago

      Wow! I did not know you could actually identify a Celtic woman by her features.. Thanks!

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens celebrating Celtic women, a subject I am passionate about! Blessed, and featured on my Squid Angel Pagan Blessings lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So wonderful lens about Celtic women.. dear lady :) It's so perfect with gorgeous presentation. My special happiness is to see you and your mom.. You both so beautiful :) 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. always.. dearest lady PatinKC :)

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I have the pale skin and freckles, missed the red hair even though it runs in my family.I love listening to the Celtic Women and Loreena McKennitt!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I have the high forehead, freckles, but missed on the nose (mine must come from some other branch of ancestors than my celtic ones. I lensrolled this to all my celtic topics:Celtic Music That I LoveIreland-Blessings Make Great GiftsIrish Roots Go DeepIrish Windows: Prints and PostersIf You Liked Angela's Ashes, Try These BooksScotch-Irish Ancestry: My Family Roots

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Lovely lens

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Lovely lens. I love Celtic women too - such beautiful music and loved all of the other information too. Leaving you with a Lucky Leprechaun Blessing on this magical day. Your lens has been added to the St. Paddy's Day Blessings on "My Squid Angel Wings" lens.

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      Great lens! I love how you've put it together, with wonderful information and great pics and video as well. :-)

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      I love Celtic women.....I just played the piano at a Celtic art exhibit in Redding, California, last Saturday - so I was glad that I stumbled onto your lens. Thanks.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Excellent lens full of good information.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Returned to sprinkle a little stardust - blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      aerome 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens with nice music and eye for detail ;-) Very much liked reading it.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @trezpazz: trezpazz, I'm glad you like the music!

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      trezpazz 7 years ago

      Loreena music is simply hypnotising and exalted at times.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Oh MY You have an incredible resource lens about Celtic Women. My week Angel wings is Blessing Celtic Women.ReagrdsMicheygag

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've always been inspired by the strong, independent and spirited nature of Celtic women. It was fun to discover, after doing a little family tree research, that I am mostly of Celtic ancestry. Great lens.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @Kiwisoutback: Hi Kiwi, mostly Irish is good enough around here!

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @kimmanleyort: Thanks, Kim! I like Mary Black a lot, also!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Loved these Celtic Women! It was fascinating to learn of the physical characteristics of these women. The only one I have is the high forehead. I really enjoy Celtic music, especially Mary Black.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love Celtic women! I'm mostly of Irish descent myself.

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      What a fascinating read and so many great links to visit. I thoroughly enjoyed this lens. 5 stars

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      Obey_The_Goddess 8 years ago

      This is an excellent lens! I just love it!

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      surfsusan 9 years ago

      Darn it ... my nose is all wrong :-( Fine 5 star lens though :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love Celtic women!Thanks for such a great lens, Pat.I was listening to a Celtic Woman DVD when you tweeted me with a link to this lens. What a treat on a Saturday evening.

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      papawu 9 years ago

      Och aye, lass, ye done a wunderrful job on this lens! Lensrolling to CELEBRATION AT EDINBURGH CASTLE

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      Jennifer Derrig 9 years ago from New York

      great it

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Oh Holy Night is one of my very favorite songs and I have never seen it done more beautifully. Thanks. This goes onto my squidoo library lens so I don't lose it!

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      MobyD 9 years ago

      5 stars! I also lensrolled this to several of my Celtic Music lenses.

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      I'm a Celtic Woman, too! 5*s, rolled to St. Patrick's Day lens as well.

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      Tonie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful lens after me heart.

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      Winter52 LM 10 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by today. I lensrolled you to Loreena McKennit as well. Also enjoyed learning more about your Celtic ladies. :)

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      Allan R. Wallace 10 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Ah, and you're a fine colleen yourself.

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      Achim Thiemermann 10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A beautiful masterpiece lens! I linked you to my new "Bowfire Video Showcase". 5*s

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      This is a wonderfully fun page and isn't she lovely Maureen?

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      TriviaChamp 10 years ago

      I can't see anyone giving you less than five stars on this lens. Very interesting and well organized.~Jane

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      BeccaFletcher 10 years ago

      Beautiful lens - thanks for sharing!

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      The Riverdancers send you St. Patrick's Day greetings. Celtic music sooths the soul.

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      WhitePineLane 10 years ago

      Nice lens! I lensrolled you back on my Celtic Woman lens!

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      ocarinaman 10 years ago

      Nice lens. Nice music. Thanks for putting it together. 5 stars.

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      coollikeme 10 years ago

      Nice lens love the music.


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