Bylaws

Bylaws

Bylaws

1.Preamble: Desiring greater community, as well as the promotion of Gaulish Polytheism, language, culture, and heritage, we pledge ourselves to the Gaulish virtues, hospitality to those within and outside our community, and to protect our community from those to seek to dismantle these structures.

2.Name: We shall be Toutâ Galation, which means “Tribe of the Galatîs”, in one dialect of the Gaulish language. The name may be officially used as translated into other dialects. If you are a Gaulish Polytheist who holds true to our goals, you are one of us. The home of our Toutâ is currently the Gaulchat discord server.

3.Scope: Toutâ Galation is intended as the framework of community for all Gaulish Polytheists who choose to participate, based out of the Gaulchat discord server but present elsewhere. It is meant to provide and maintain trustworthy information, community, security, organization, and democratic progress to meet the needs of the community.

4.Definitions: The following terms are defined for purposes of this document as follows:

a.Toutâ: A tribe or chiefdom sharing common religious worship, customs, and leaders.

b.Celt: A modern term for any of the six modern Celtic peoples: the Irish, Scots Highlanders, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons., as well as any of the ancient peoples who participated in the Hallstatt and LaTene archeological horizons, including their cultural cousins in ancient Britain, ancient Ireland, ancient Iberia, and other parts of ancient Europe.

c.Continental Celts: The ancient Celts of Continental Europe, as opposed to the Insular Celts, who inhabited and still inhabit the British Isles.

d.Gaul: A modern term for the Continental Celts of modern France, Belgium, the Rhineland, Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, parts of Poland, Hungary, the Balkan peninsula, and the Ankara region of Turkey. They spoke the Gaulish or Gallo-Brittonic language, and had various regional and tribal names for themselves.

e.Keltos: Plural Keltoi. A name at least some Gauls used for themselves, particularly in southern, central, and western France, and probably Switzerland.

f.Galatis: Plural Galatîs. A Gaulish-language term meaning “one who is endowed with warrior rage”, used originally as a term for young unmarried members of the warband. Later, the term may have been used for some Gauls, particularly in easterly regions. In modern times the term is used for Gaulish Polytheists.

g.Gaulish Polytheism: A modern religion attempting to revive the worship of the Gods and Spirits of the Gauls, as well as various parts of Gaulish culture.

h.Gaulish Paganism: Another term for Gaulish Polytheism.

i.Gaulish Reconstructionism: Gaulish Polytheism that uses the Reconstructiontionist method. Toutâ Galation is to some extent Reconstructionist in its methodology.

j.Senobessus: “The Old Custom”, a modern, Gaulish language term for Gaulish Polytheism.

k.Celtocrabion: “Celtic Religion”, another modern, Gaulish language term for Gaulish Polytheism.

l.Creddîmâ Celticâ: “Celtic Belief” yet another modern, Gaulish language term for Gaulish Polytheism.

5.Official Language: The official language if the Toutâ is Gaulish. Because Gaulish includes many dialects, no form of Gaulish is privileged over any other until such a time Iextis Galation is sufficiently complete and official adopted by the Datlâ. Business may be conducted and documents published in other languages at the will of the community.

6.Governance: The Toutâ Galation shall be the arm and will of the community, guiding and protecting it. 

a.Uercobretos/-â: “Chief Magistrate”. The Uercobretos shall be the head of the community based out of the Gaulchat discord server, responsible for proposing changes to the bylaws, ensuring the safety of the community, proposing members of the Uxsellos, overseeing disputes in the community within the Gaulchat discord server,  and elsewhere when invited, and providing and maintaining certification programs alongside the Suidus Delgauni. The Uercobretos may create or dissolve committees with the agreement of the Uxsellos, as the needs of the community change.

b.Election of the Uercobretos/-â: The Datlâ shall elect a Uercobretos at the Îuos Lugous meeting, who shall be inaugurated by the Uelitâ, and serve a term of one year. Uercobretoi may succeed themselves. 

c.Uelitâ/-os: “The Seeress/Seer”. The Uelitâ has responsibility for confirmation and inauguration of the Uercobretos, as well as taking of omens, trance work, and divination, among other duties pertaining to direct spiritual communication with the Gods that work to benefit the community. The Uelitâ is nomination by their predecessor who later inaugurates them after displaying sufficient expertise, after a vote from the Datlâ. There is no term length, they may step down upon their choosing after deciding a new Uelitâ. The Datlâ holds the authority to demand an Uelitâ to step down with a 2/3rd vote at any time.

d.Uxsellos: “The Very High”. The Uxsellos is the Board of Directors of the Toutâ, responsible for day to day administration, including administration of any funds acquired. It shall consist of: the Uercobretos: the “Chief Magistrate”;; the Uelitâ/-os: the “Seeress/Seer”; the Uoret(os, â, on): the Helper, responsible for the keeping of minutes, records, and administration of the Suidus Delgauni. Members of the Dannoi may be elected as additional Uxsellos members to serve until the next Îuos Lugous, but may be elected again.

e. Dannoi, singular Dannos, “Officers”. These are positions that are the cogs and wheels of the Touta’s functions. They handle a variety of specialized tasks, depending on their specific role. Dannoi must have at least completed the Mastery of Basics. They may be called on to assist with the Uxsellos with specific tasks outside of their role should they be willing, as they hold the trust of the Touta.

 f. Labâdannos/-â “chat officer”  These Dannoi are the moderators of the Gaulchat discord server and Household servers. They are retired every year at Îuos Lugous, and new Dannoi are selected by the Uxsellos and the caretakers of the Household servers, but individuals may be reselected as many times as they are willing.

g. Uegâdannos/-â “Web officer” This dannos is chosen by the Uxsellos to administer the website. The role includes upkeep, designing pages, and adding content from data provided from members of the Uxsellos. This position is held until the Uegâdannos steps down or until the agreement made between the Uegâdannos and the Uxsellos regarding efficiency at the start of their term is no longer being met. The two parties may re-negotiate this agreement at any time.

h. Argantodannos/-â, “Treasurer” is responsible for keeping track of monies, funds, and assets. This position is held until the Treasurer steps down or receives a vote of No Confidence from the Datlâ. They are responsible for providing a monthly expensive report to the Datlâ, as well as full transparency whenever requested by the Uxsellos.

i. Suidus Delgauni “Order of Keepers”: Suidus Delgauni is in charge of administering the lessons and tests for the basic certification, as well as keeping records on members of the community. At the blessing of Households, the Suidus Delgauni might also choose to administer the tests and lessons for their certifications as well. The members are known as Delgaun(os -â, -on) and are chosen from members of the by datlâ the head of the order, the Uoreton.   

j. Datlâ: “The Moot”, the meeting of all those certified by community leaders to have a , responsible for approving changes to the bylaws, approving members of the Uxsellos, sanctioning or exiling members who bring dishonor on the Toutâ, and other things deemed important enough. In addition to having basic knowledge of lore, members of the Datlâ must agree to uphold an exile when it is voted on. Individuals may step down from the Datlâ whenever they wish, and may be reinstated on the individual’s request to the Uxsellos.  

k. Meetings: The bodies above shall meet at least twice per year, on or around Îuos Lugous (Lughnasadh) and during the month of February. Any five initiates, or any member of the Uxsellos, or the Uercobretos may call other meetings on at least 48 hours notice, preferably more. A member of the Uxsellos may call for a meeting with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Quora shall be one half of the members of any of these bodies. Motions shall pass by simple majority, except in the case of sanctions or exile of members, which we require ¾ of those in attendance. These meetings take place within the Datlâ voice channel in the Gaulchat discord server.

l. The Toutâ may enter into agreements with communities, or organizations including other Toutâs, religious bodies, and so on, as shall be appropriate and mutually beneficial. Such agreements shall be proposed by the Uercobretos, and approved by the Datlâ. The Dannoi may decide on partnerships between other discord servers without  Datlâ involvement.

7. Community Growth: The Toutâ Galation shall assist, mediate, advise, and encourage members of the community to develop local connections and Household Discord servers, in order for members to participate in worship with a more specialized subcommunity and/or in-person.

a.Trebâ, plural Trebâs, the Settlement, shall consist of two or more members of the Datlâ within easy driving distance of one another that meet for regular worship. The Constitution of a Trebâ requires the approval of the Uercobretos or the Uelitâ. A Trebâ shall be headed by a Pennos Trebâs, who shall be responsible for day-to-day administration, but governance shall otherwise be democratic. In order to maintain the safety of the members of the community, the Uxsellos will handle the personal information of members of the community seeking to network locally, until a match for a potential Trebâ is found. To further preserve the safety of the Toutoi, a member of the Uxsellos will assist with the logistics, and all communications regarding the logistics must occur in a location where it can be observed by the representative of the Uxsellos. If a Trebâ becomes inactive, the Gaulchat discord server may choose to no longer host it on the server.

b. Household: Any Tegoslougos may petition the Uxsellos to create/establish a Household discord to host a subsection of the wider community with their blessing and assistance. A Household server must be focused on a specific aspect of the community, such as a specific cultus or tradition, or even a large enough Trebâ.

8.Membership

a.Terminology: Members of the Gaulchat discord server who identify as Gaulish Polytheists shall be referred to as Toutioi, singular Toutios. Members who do not identify as Gaulish Polytheists shall be referred to as Aliotoutioi, singular Aliotoutios.

b.Non-discrimination: Toutâ Galation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, current citizenship, region, ancestry, religion of birth, gender, gender identification, sexual or affectional preference, social class, profession or lack thereof, income, or disability.

c.Rank: Toutioi shall be divided into three classes, as follows:

1.Sepânioi, singular Sepânios, “Students”: Non-voting members who are still studying Gaulish lore, and have yet to demonstrate mastery.

2.Cobrûnoi, singular Cobrûnos, “Initiates”: Voting members who have demonstrated their knowledge of basic Gaulish Polytheism. These members will work on a Gaulish name alongside our experts prior to completing their basics certification and will be initiated with a self-performed ritual before the gods.

3. Suiđ (plural, suides), “Scholars” Members who have gone above and beyond the minimum level of knowledge required for voting rights. This might include displaying a large amount of knowledge on Gaulish Polytheism such as through authorship, speaking at live events, or a significant amount of research and writing. The Uxsellos votes to nominate an individual to this level.

d.Community Initiation: To obtain Cobrûnos rank, a Sepânios shall demonstrate that they have knowledge of the basics of the Gaulish worldview, the names and natures of the Gods, any of several methods of performing rituals, and any of several systems of Gaulish holidays. Prospective initiates shall demonstrate that they have mastered a core religious, philosophical, and cultural vocabulary in the Gaulish language.. They shall have constructed for themselves a name in the Gaulish language.

e.Training: The Uercobretos, alongside the Uoreton and the rest of the Suidus Delgauni shall be responsible for maintaining the training program that will ensure initiates attain a knowledge of the basics. Additional curriculums may be petitioned by a Scholar. In the case the curriculum is accepted, the Uoreton and Suidus Delgauni will work with this Scholar to create this curriculum. Advanced curriculum may not directly contradict the basic curriculum, but may contradict each other.

f.Donations: Toutâ Galation may ask for donations to cover the costs of rituals, materials, time, or costs associated with a meetup outside of the scope of the Trebâ. The decision of whether to ask for donations is left to the Uxsellos. The Datlâ may overrule any imposition of donation requests.

g.Resignation: Any member may leave the Gaulchat discord server or associated servers at any time, and shall be eligible to re-join. Please note that leaving the Gaulchat discord server while staying in a Household server may result in a kick from that server. Additional roles or responsibilities are terminated when a member leaves, and may not be returned if an individual resumes membership in the Gaulchat discord server. 

h.Sanction and Expulsion: In addition to standard server moderation by the Dannoi, members who have committed crimes or serious ethical offenses may be sanctioned or expelled by a ¾ vote of the Datlâ. Such offenses must be actually criminal, legally actionable, violate the bylaws in some way, or severely violate the spirit of Gaulish ethics and culture. Note that racist activities, harassment, sexual or otherwise, and hate speech all fall under the purview of this section of the bylaws. Involving oneself with people or groups with hateful ideologies are grounds for expulsion, with the exception of individuals specifically given permission by the Datlâ to monitor or rehabilitate.