Bylaws

Bylaws

1.Preamble: Desiring greater community, as well as the promotion of Gaulish Polytheism, language, culture, and heritage, we hereby form the organization described in this document.

2.Name: The name of the organization 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.

3.Scope: Toutâ Galation is intended as an umbrella organization for all Gaulish Polytheists, due to the small size and highly scattered nature of the Gaulish Polytheist Community. However, it is not intended to force others under its umbrella, and recognizes the right of other Gaulish Polytheists to form other Toutâs and organizations as they will.

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. Business may be conducted and documents published in other languages at the will of the members.

6.Governance: The Toutâ Galation shall be governed as follows

a.Uercobretos/-â: “Chief Magistrate”. The Uercobretos shall be the head of the Toutâ, responsible for proposing changes to the bylaws, approving members and initiates, proposing members of the Uxsellos, proposing agreements with other organizations, and administering the training program in the absence of the Suwides. Until the membership has grown to the point that there is a functioning Uxsellos, he or she shall also be responsible for day to day administration.

b.Election of the Uercobretos/-â: Segomâros Widugeni shall serve as Uercobretos for one year, after which the Datlâ shall elect a Uercobretos at the Îuos Lugous meeting, who shall be inaugurated by the Uelitâ, and serve a term of three years. 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.

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. The members shall be called Dannoi, singular Dannos, “Officers”. It shall consist of: the Uercobretos; the Uelitâ/-os: the “Seeress/Seer” responsible for taking of omens, divination, trance work, and the inauguration of the Uercobretos; the Uerbardos/-â: the Secretary, responsible for the keeping of minutes and records; the Argantodannos/-â: the Treasurer, responsible for keeping track of monies, funds, and assets.

e.Datlâ: “The Moot”, the meeting of all initiates, responsible for approving changes to the bylaws, approving members of the Uxsellos, approving agreements with other organizations, and sanctioning or expelling members who bring dishonor on the Toutâ.

f.Meetings: The bodies above shall meet at least once per year, on or around Îuos Lugous (Lughnasadh). Any three initiates, or any member of the Uxsellos, or the Uercobretos may call other meetings on at least 24 hours’ notice, preferably more. 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 expulsions of members, which we require ¾ of those in attendance. Online meetings shall be permitted and shall have the same powers as in-person meetings.

g.The Toutâ may enter into agreements with other 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.

7.Subdivisions: The Toutâ Galation shall have the following subdivisions to encourage members to develop local connections, and to participate in worship and community with like minded people:

a.Tegoslougos, plural Tegoslougoi, “House Crowd”. The Household, shall consist of at least one initiate who maintains a local and online presence, seeks to network with the Toutâ and with others, and engages in regular worship. A Tegoslougos shall have a name in some form of Gaulish. Constitution of a Tegoslougos requires the approval of the Uercobretos or the Uelitâ.

b.Trebâ, plural Trebâs, the Settlement, shall consist of two or more Tegoslougoi within easy driving distance of one another that meet for regular worship, maintain a collective online and local presence, and seek to network with the Toutâ and with others. 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.

8.Membership

a.Terminology: Members shall be referred to as Toutioi, singular Toutios. Non-members 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 two classes, as follows:

1.Cobrûnoi, singular Cobrûnos, “Initiates”: Voting members who have demonstrated their mastery of basic Gaulish Polytheist lore.

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

d.Mastery of Lore: To obtain Cobrûnos rank, a Sepânios shall demonstrate that he or she has 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 shall be responsible for creating a training program that will ensure initiates attain lore mastery.

f.Dues: The Toutâ Galation reserves the right to charge reasonable dues to cover the costs of rituals, materials, and time. At this time, no dues shall be charged. The decision of whether and how much dues to charge is left to the Uxsellos. The Datlâ may overrule any imposition of dues or change to dues charged. The Uercobretos may not charge dues until the Uxsellos is constituted, but may propose the idea of charging dues if there is not yet an Uxsellos.

g.Resignation: Any member may resign at any time, and shall be eligible to re-apply. After the third resignation, a membership must be approved by the Datlâ.

h.Sanction and Expulsion: Members, except Oigetoi, 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. Oigetoi are not expelled, but rather removed from membership when their sponsor withdraws their vouch. Note that racist activities, harassment, sexual or otherwise, and hate speech all fall under the purview of this section of the bylaws.