The Religion of the Ancient Celts
Councils and edicts prohibited these processions in Gaul, but a
more effectual way was to Christianise them. The Rogation
tide processions with crucifix and
Madonna, and the carrying of S. John's image at the Midsummer
festivals, were a direct continuation of the older practices.
Images were often broken by Christian saints in Gaul, as they had
been over-turned by S. Patrick in Ireland. "Stiff and deformed"
many of them must have been, if one may judge from the
or "Venus of Quinipily," for centuries the
object of superstitious rites in Brittany.