5.2 What Is a Bard?
Definition: Bard (n). 1 a poet, traditionally one reciting epics. 2 the winner of a prize for Welsh Verse at an Eisteddfod.
In Celtic Tradition a Bard is recognised as a combination of the following:
- Voice of the people/the tribe/the land/the ancestors.
- Seer-poet (Awenyddion)
In modern times the guidelines of a Bard are:
- Remember and recite
- Tell the stories of old and create new ones
- Compose and perform poems
- Research and disseminate Bardic lore
- Use a musical instrument of some kind
- Use the magic words for healing and inspiring, in a responsible way
- Teach, either directly or indirectly
- Raise the Awen
- Have a basic understanding of the Ogham
- Ideally be able to speak one of the Celtic languages
- Have a mythic legacy – be steeped in myths, legends, and folk tales and recognise the different characters and common motifs.
- Explain Bardic claims. Enter or judge eisteddfodau
- Promote peace, reconciliation, understanding and healing.
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