We tend to romanticize that the Ancient Indo-Europeans lived a simple life. I know in my own imagination that the kings and heroes I have read about live in large dwelling places with no one else around and separated by wilderness from their nearest neighbors. I imagine the producers eking out a living, battling the elements and ever encroaching forest. I have the same mental image of Appalachian settlers in the US. We do know that this image is untrue. Most Celts, for instance, lived in farming villages. This is where the population gathered together for protection and comfort with agricultural land surrounding the village proper. Smaller settlements were often linked together with larger towns which would have been the center of culture and entertainment. In fact the lone farmer who lived far away from his neighbors on his lonely farm would probably have been a rarity in Ancient society. And living in the wild unheard of. Which might explain why tales of those who reportedly did, like the Fianna warriors, would have captured the imagination of the people. Well traveled roadways throughout the continent attest to the mobility of the ancients, and fortified cities and temples along these roadways suggest a culture much more advanced than the primitive, barbaric hordes we all were taught existed before the machine that was Rome entered into the picture. A culture that was complex with distinct styles and modes of dress and adornment for varying tribes and castes within each society. Gaulish men, for instance, were known to spike their hair and bleach it to almost white in color. Other peoples had elaborate tattoos. Their technology was some of the best in the world, especially in regards to metal work and art. It was their superior Iron weapons, in fact, that made many IE societies a force to be reckoned with.
What does all of this have to do with Technopaganism? When we allow our romantic notions of how the ancients lived to prevail over archaeological evidence we often end up with a honorable, but primitive, picture. Living as one with nature and eschewing the evils of society and technology. Too often we raise this false image up as part of what it means to recapture the pagan soul. Technopaganism, in our tradition, should take a different approach. One that says that culture, technology, society, and yes my friends even fashion was exceedingly important to the ancients. And as such honoring those same concepts in our own lives, deliberately, thoughtfully, and spiritually, is in line with ancient thought and an authentic concept of what it means to be pagan.