There are lyrical poets among them, whom they call bards. These, with instruments similar to lyres, evoke those whom they praise as well as those whom they mock.
(Diodorus of Sicily, Historical Library, V, 31, 2)
The image above is a Bardos Inscrîbatus (Sigil, Mark). This Inscrîbatus is found on a coin from Northwest Gaul in the territory of the Coriosolites tribe. Now this image is also found on a few other coins around Gaul. This coin is thought to be from around 100-50 BC. The image is speculated to be a stylized Lyre – one of the reasons I picked it.
This image, whether or not it is a Lyre, matters not cause it is now. This image resonated with me in the Bardos sense. The circle represents The Bardos; the steams coming from it represent the power of the Bardos, inspiring and resonating with the people connecting the people with what the Bardos is trying to relate you to—transcending you to another place. It is the magical flow of poetry, song, storytelling, and the arts in their many forms. So in all, the Lyre is the perfect Inscrîbatus for the Bardos.
Bardos (Praise Poet)
These are the Poets and singers
Bardos should understand the Gaulish poetic word forms Brixtu, Sulabaros Tritanuos, and the many forms that will follow. A Bardos will be devoted to the creation of prayers, stories, songs, and incantations. They are the mockers and praisers in their words to those unjust and those that are just but always following the Rextus. They should know the collective lore and knowledge from all around that being the different Customs and Traditions that emerge. They should be able to recite from memory and have an Oral tradition. Taking priority in the Gaulish language is very crucial to a Bardos. They may also help guide and mentor people in the making of such things. A Bardos is connected to Bitus sharing and helping folks understand the beauty of this world. Singing praises of heroes, ancestors, and the Deuoi. But they can also dive deep into the otherworld to bring back creative thoughts. A Bardos knows the myths and the history of the Senogalatis and Nouiogalatis. The Bardos must be in connection with Auenâ srourâ, meaning Flowing Inspiration.
Within Bardobessus is also a sub-Bessus that will allow for the modern form of visual arts so as not to take away from our Recon of the Bardos. So think of it as a branch that evolved from the Bardos tree into the modern day.
Molatucerdos (praise artist)
These are the Artists
All the same, things apply to the Molatucerdos but in the form of Visual Art. Creating forms of Gaulish art that tell a story, using old forms of art and making that new or adding to old art styles found around Gaul. There are many magical forms of art to explore. This is a new thing so give it time to evolve and contextualize.
No Initiatory required
- The keepers of Lore
- Holders of the Words
- Teachers, through the words
- Gaulish Language
- Connecting to people and using the magic of their form to influence.
- Making Incantation’s
- Invoking feelings within the people
- The making and playing of Music
More to come as this role is more forged out.
Criteria to help the Building of Bardobessus
You must have provided an essay of what you know of Gaulish things; this is a must.
This is truly the only Bessus under Drunemeton that is of top priority and one of the most important Bessus. At the moment, this is one that you can be actively building and doing at the same time.
- One has to be a Storyteller
- Have poems or stories published
- Have a site where you share your words
- Have finished school with Mythology studies
- Have finished school with Language studies
- Have gone to school for art
- Have art that you can show
- At the least, show us, you know, and have a deep passion
- At least one of the above should be crossed off.