The Religion of the Ancient Celts
This theory of a bodily immortality is supported by the Irish
sagas, in which ghosts, in our sense of the word, do not exist. The
dead who return are not spectres, but are fully clothed upon with a
body. Thus, when Cúchulainn returns at the command of S.
Patrick, he is described exactly as if he were still in the flesh.
"His hair was thick and black ... in his head his eye gleamed swift
and grey.... Blacker than the side of a cooking spit each of his
two brows, redder than ruby his lips." His clothes and weapons are
fully described, while his chariot and horses are equally