Tradition among Irish dance schools is to use symbols from the
BOOK OF KELLS on their school costumes and solo dresses.
"There were colorful birds, and mythological-looking beasts
with bulging eyes, and probably miles of Celtic knots, all
carefully drawn by Irish monks who spent their entire lives
decorating their manuscripts.
Just like Liffey was spending her entire life designing her
solo dress!" ("Liffey Rivers and The Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown")
BOOK OF KELLS KID FACTS:
680 pages-Written around 800 A.D.
Every single page but 2 are decorated.
It was Stolen from monks in 1006 AD because
thieves wanted the real gold-bejeweled cover!
Found a few months later in a bog. But...guess what?
The monks used animal skins (from approximately
185 calves) and handmade inks (some from
pregnant Mediterranean insect goo) to write and
decorate these New Testament Gospels which
The Book of Kells!
You can see it at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
(Only one page a day is displayed.)
Oh--it is written in LATIN!
(So learn some!!)
KELLS FOR KIDS
Scholars say that the early Christian monks and scribes in Ireland saved civilization
because they tediously copied not only the Gospels,(Matthew,Mark,Luke,John) but
other important manuscripts as well which had been destroyed on mainland Europe
during the barbarian invasions.
BRENNA BRIGGS AT DROMARD HOLY WELL