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The Ogham Alphabet. Ogham was the first form of writing in Ireland dating back to the 4 th century AD and was in use for five hundred years. Ogham is made up of a series of strokes along or across the edge of a standing stone.

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The ogham alphabet

The ogham alphabet

  • Ogham is also reffered to as the Celtic Tree Alphabet as many of the letters are linked to old Irish names for certain trees

  • A 15th century book The Book of Ballymote confirms that ogham was a secret ritualistic language, however there is no evidence that it had any other magical purposes.

The ogham alphabet

  • Shown at right is a key to ogham. Its consonants and vowels can be recognised by the number, position and direction of the notches.

  • The letters consist of one to five perpendicular or angled lines, meeting or crossing a centere line

  • The form of the letters allowed them to be carved easily with objects on wood or stone

The ogham alphabet

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