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A Celtic cross is a symbol thatcombines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. The symbolis associated with Celtic Christianity, although it has older,pre-Christian origins. Such crosses form a major part of Celtic art. Astanding Celtic cross, made of stone and often richly ornamented, iscalled a high cross or Irish Cross. Celtic crosses may have had originsin the early Coptic church. In Ireland, it is a popular myth that the Celtic cross was introducedby Saint Patrick or possibly Saint Declan during his time convertingthe pagan Irish.
Carved stone High Crosses are scattered throughout the Irish landscape. The oldest High Cross in Ireland is at the ancient church at Clonmacnois in County Offaly.Celtic crosses are the definitive emblems of the unique evolution of the faith of the Irish people. They symbolize the revolutionary union of Druid and Christian beliefs that makes the Irish people so unique.Whether depicted vertically or diagonally, the cross has long been a sacred symbol, even before the dawn of Christianity.
It represented the four directions of the winds - North, South, East, West. It also stood for the four seasons, and the energy of the male life force.
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