The presence of icons from Celtic mythology and lore is further evidenced by the existence of several images of Ogmios at a location a days walk away from the Inyo location. Dr. Barry Fell made a presentation about this in Bronze Age America. Sun faced, carrying a druids wand in one hand and his name in ogam in the other, the figures from the Coso Mountains share these distinctive traits. The similarities of the Celtic description to what is obviously Native American work is demonstration of a Celtic influence. What is less understood about this is that it was obviously cooperative. The Celts came, not as conquorors, but as brothers.
Roman sources describe Ogmios as an orator of remarkable charisma. Celtic sources from the same era describe Ogmios as a educator and the creator of the ogam writing system. Combining these, Ogmios becomes a wise and charismatic teacher of Celtic ways and scholarly endevour. This was the guide and patron of the Druid Order of Teachers.
Both Lugh and Ogmios are known from European and Irish mythologies. The existence of these icons in a clearly Native American context is cause to wonder.
In a Learning Channel program about a Celtic battle with Roman Forces, the commentator paused to reflect on the dress and behavor of the ill equipped Celtic army. His next comment "......and they all worshipped Lugh." was proper. The worship of Lugh was never restricted to the island of Ireland as some authorities would have you believe. Dating the worship of Lugh among what would later become the Irish is problematical because the source of the migration was mainland Europe. Assigning a pre-Roman date to both Inyo and the source of Ogmios, the Coso's, is quite reasonable.
Ogmios from the Coso Mountain, California location
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