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By Sharon Paice Macleod

ISBN-10: 0786464763

ISBN-13: 9780786464760

This booklet presents a complete assessment of Celtic mythology and faith, encompassing various points of formality and trust. subject matters comprise the presence of the Celtic Otherworld and its population, cosmology and sacred cycles, knowledge texts, mythological symbolism, folklore and legends, and an appreciation of the flora and fauna. proof is drawn from the archaeology of sacred websites, ethnographic money owed of the traditional Celts and their ideals, medieval manuscripts, poetic and visionary literature, and early sleek bills of folks healers and seers. New translations of poems, prayers, inscriptions and songs from the early interval (Gaulish, previous Irish and center Welsh) in addition to the folklore culture (Modern Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, Breton and Manx) supplement the textual content. details of this type hasn't ever sooner than been gathered as a compendium of the indigenous knowledge of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose traditions have persisted in quite a few kinds for nearly 3 thousand years.

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Apparently they told him that no name would be more famous in the history of Rome than the future descendants of Claudius. 11 These two reports could be interpreted as stories created after the fact to provide support for the Gaulish campaigns and propaganda validating Roman rule. However, a third account stated that a woman of the druids shouted in the Gaulish language to Alexander Severus as he departed, warning him to hurry onwards, but not to hope for victory or put trust in his soldiers. It is notable that these women are consulted as seers, but no other mention of their druidic roles is mentioned.

It is notable that these women are consulted as seers, but no other mention of their druidic roles is mentioned. A druidess working as (or for) an innkeeper in Diocletian’s account is also hard to account for, unless the druids’ status had declined so dramatically that they took on other work and served as fortune tellers. 12 Female druids are mentioned in the myths and legends (although this does not necessarily equate with historical fact). Two female druids were said to have raised the Irish legendary hero Finn mac Cumhaill.

27 30 Part One. Celtic Religion and Mythology This poem goes on to relate a famous story of the seven sons of Daire (all named Lugaid ) who pursue an enchanted fawn through the forest. They go to gather water from a well that was guarded by an old hag. The woman said that if they did not sleep with her she would kill them. One of the sons agreed, so that the others might live. The hag then transforms into a beautiful woman whose eyes contained three shafts of sunlight in each. 28 Some centuries after the introduction of Christianity, the role and prestige of the druids began to wane.

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