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Introduction Celtic knots are complete loops without any beginning or end, this

Summary: Introduction
Celtic knots are complete loops without any beginning or end, this
unending style is called pure knots. The knots vary from simple to
complicated ones. The use of only one thread highlights the Celts' belief
in the interconnectedness of life and eternity. They strongly believe in
the symbolism reflected in Celtic knot works from the old Celtic myths
and legends.
In earlier times, the elaborate designs were mainly used for
decorative purposes. However, overtime, people began to come up with
their own interpretations, and began to understand the designs at a
deeper level. They saw the constant interlacing as the physical and the
spiritual crossing of paths, expressing permanence, and the endurance of
life, love and faith.
origins of Celtic knotworks
The Celtic knots were the creation of Celts in the early Celtic
Church who resided mainly in Ireland. Around AD 450, Christian Celtic
artwork was influenced by pagan Celtic sources which incorporated an
additional knotwork category of life form motifs. The Celtic knots then
spread to the Scottish Highlands and Europe via missionary expeditions.


Source: Aslaksen, Helmer - Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore


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