Welcome! In this page you fill find a selection of videos devoted to one of the best Reenactors group worldwide portraying the Ancient Celts, the "Terra Taurina" cultural association from Torino, Italy. The association, which is aimed to preserve and spread the knowledge of the rich historical, archeological and cultural heritage of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley regions, reenacts the Taurini tribe, an ancient Celto-Ligurian Alpine folk, which was settled in the territory of the upper Po valley (in today Piedmont region) during the Iron Age.
The video below, "Terra Taurina demo", offers an ideal overview of the skills, the top authenticity degree and the wealth of the activities and interests of the Terra Taurina's girls and guys in the beautiful setting of Valdieri, a town located about 90 km from Turin and 15 km from Cuneo, in the Maritime Alps, along the border with France. The video provides us with a unique glimpse into the Celtic arts & crafts and combat skills to end with the evocative night celebrations around the bonfire to honour the Beltane festival, one of the great four seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh.
The following video bring us in the magic atmosphere of the "Trinoxtion Samonii", the three nights of Samonios, or Samhain, when god Cernunnos dies to give strength to the silently spinning eternal wheel, the fires burn high in the sky for the last time, and the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest point of the whole year, so that the spirits and the fairies can more easily come into our world. Samonios is one of the great four seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh, and represents the most magical moment of the Celtic year, marking the new year of the Celtic calendar, the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year.
In the video below the Terra Taurina members perform the breathtaking "Dance of Swords", a kind of warrior sacred dance with a strong spiritual meaning. Based on some petroglyphs from the river Cenischia valley in Piedmont, which depict a warrior holding high the sword with one hand while keeping the other one free on his side, and according to Latin written sources (Titus Livius' works), the association Terra Taurina has developed the reconstruction of evocative ancient rites from the Iron Age II.
The video below shows the celebrations for the Celtic feast of Beltane, which is associated to the God Belenus, and is the festival of spring and rebirth of nature, marking the beginning of the pastoral summer season and the "brighter half" of the year. The druids used to light bonfires on top of the hills and lead there the cattles from the villages for a purification rite and as a sign of good luck. Just like Samhain, also Beltane was seen as a liminal time, when the border between this world and the otherworld becomes thinner, thus making it easier to communicate with those who have left this world.
Two videos about the Imbolc celebrations, the Celtic feast associated with the goddess Brigid. Imbolc was the festival of hearth and home, when the ancient Celts celebrated the nature awakening and days lengthening after the long cold winter.
And finally two Terra Taurina's promos from the year 2012.