I am writing up Celtic and Pagan Goth together as there is probably not enough information on each to make two separate posts; plus, the two are extremely closely related - either could be described as a sub-sub-genre of Medieval or hippie Goth.
|Inkubus Sukkubus show how it's done.|
Source: Google Images
Why are Goths so intrigued by the Celts - more specifically, the ancient Celts? Well, Celtic history is steeped in legend - faerie queens and warrior kings, mythological creatures both treacherous and beautiful such as the Dana O'Shee (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have a 'Dana O'Shee' perfume, and describe them thusly, "In Irish folklore the Dana O'Shee are a fae, elven people that live in a realm of beauty, their nobility akin to our that own Age of Chivalry, eternally beautiful and eternally young. They surround themselves with the pleasures of the Arts, they live for the hunt, and to this day can be seen riding in procession through the Irish countryside at twilight, led by their King and Queen. However, the Dana O'Shee are not benevolent creatures, despite what their unearthly beauty may imply. They are vengeful and treacherous and possess a streak of mischievous malice, and many have whispered that their true home lies deep in the shadowed groves of the Realm of the Dead. Hearing even a single chord of their otherworldly music leaves one stunned and lost to the mortal realms for ever, finding themselves prey to the Dana O'Shee's hunt or enslaved in their Court as servants or playthings."
Additionally, the beauty of the Celtic nations evokes an almost fantastic splendour; the rolling hills, misty glens and ruined castles that are seen as almost synonymous with the word 'Celtic' possess a dark, etheral beauty that is most pleasing to many of those who favour a Gothy aesthetic.
|I found this Polyvore set on Google Images - it combines both Celtic and Pagan influences.|
Musically, Celtic Goths may prefer Celtic-inspired music or music with an obvious Celtic influence such as Corvus Corax, Flogging Molly, and traditional Celtic pipe and harp music. Pagan Goths may enjoy bands such as Faith and the Muse, Inkubus Sukkubus and The Moon and the Nightspirit, which fall under the label of 'Pagan rock'.