About Bessus Nouiogalation
Bessus Nouiogalation (Custom of the New Galatîs) or just Galatîbessus for short are both terms related to Gaulish inspired revivals of custom and religion, which are both intricately intertwined and inseparable. There are many faces of this, with many different intentions. The goal of the work here is to give those interested a foundational set of traditions with a focus on establishing Galatis identity.
Many people out there feel a lack of positive identity, one not tied to colonialism or racism. Finding Galatîbessus has been a great help to me. I hope that by sharing mine and others works that together we can establish a positive, decolonized, antifascist, anti-racist, and anti-bigotry identity that is also rooted in cultural tradition that helps us reconnect with our roots. Those who seriously wish to participate in Galatîbessus and practice are fellow Galatîs if they choose to identify as such. Regardless of any other identity they may also have.
Just as blood did not make a Gaul in the past (notice how Gauls ceased to exist as such, but do have genetic descendants worldwide), and genetics as we know of them now were unknown in the past, they have absolutely no bearing on who can be in Galatîbessus. Much less who can worship the Dêuoi (Gods). Genetics do not determine culture, and cannot, shall not determine who is a Galatis. Millions, probably billions likely have at least one Gaulish ancestor anyway. Gaulish identity was determined by culture anyway, so there is no moral or logical reason to exclude anyone by genes.
This is not to minimize the historical impact of the Gauls (mainly in France, also in Switzerland, Belgium, southwest Germany, and many other places in Western and Central Europe all the way to Turkey, in fact). We are interested in a modern form of Ancient Gaulish identity, not in co-opting the modern identities of people living where the Ancient Gauls once did. Some individual Galatis may, but it is not the focus of Galatîbessus.
Galatîbessus does have parameters. It is Polytheist, meaning we worship many, distinct, and individual Ancient Gaulish gods. It was and is not monotheistic, atheistic, pantheistic, etc. We believe that the Dêuoi are real and interact with them through gifting and offering in ritual. As well as prayer, meditations, and other spiritual experiences. The gods — all gods — Gaulish or not, are believed to be real. Some may also worship foreign gods, and that is okay. Other kinds of spirits, beings, and ancestors (Gaulish and not) are also worshipped or otherwise engaged with in various ways.
Tegos Nemotarvi (the “v” has a “w” sound) is the Tegoslougos (household) of mine that I share with my wife. In which these customs are put into practice.
We are a Gaulish Polytheist household based in Ohio. I (Leitonellos Tarvogenos) formed this household practice and am joined in it by my wife. I partake in the Gaulish Polytheist and cultural revival, creating from Gaulish roots a viable religion and lifeway for modern people. I am a Cobrunos in Toutâ Galation.
My wife is a fiction writer. She specializes in fantasy and urban fantasy. She also makes crafts and is a far more creative and free spirit — especially in contrast to yours truly, who spends most of my time learning about the Ancient Gauls, and working on my practices and everything related to it.