The ancient Celts had a noted abhorrence of written records. They kept no scriptures, history, or genealogy and preferred to preserve their religious teachings through the sacred oral traditions of the druids. Unfortunately, the majority of this ancient wisdom was lost forever with the coming of Christianity to the Celtic Isles. Druidry gave way to the persuasive proselytizing of westward-sweeping Christians, and with none to take on the bardic task, the old ways gradually fell away. Ironically, the task of recording the remnants of Celtic mythology fell to the Christian monasteries; thus, the remnant of Celtic wisdom was preserved by those who destroyed it.