Tradition among Irish dance schools is to use symbols  from the
BOOK OF KELLS on their school costumes and solo dresses.  

There  are 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.
                                                                  
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.

                   Thieves wanted its gold-bejeweled cover!

                    Found a few months later in a bog. But...guess what?

                         No cover !







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  make up:   

         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 IS THE AUTHOR OF THE LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCER MYSTERIES

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