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« Topic Start: May 12, 2007, 10:05:53 pm »

Perhaps I've never found the right resources, though with all the reading I do, and (thanks to suggestions on the boards) that includes ordering books in both for myself and for the store where I work, I've never found a really good book (or books) on solely Scottish myths, or just on British (non-Irish/Welsh).  Plenty of 'Celtic', but much of what I've found in that regard is either Irish or Welsh.  Is it really that difficult to find, or am I just a dunce after all these years and simply not looking in the right places? 

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« Reply #1: May 13, 2007, 12:55:38 am »

Perhaps I've never found the right resources, though with all the reading I do, and (thanks to suggestions on the boards) that includes ordering books in both for myself and for the store where I work, I've never found a really good book (or books) on solely Scottish myths, or just on British (non-Irish/Welsh).  Plenty of 'Celtic', but much of what I've found in that regard is either Irish or Welsh.  Is it really that difficult to find, or am I just a dunce after all these years and simply not looking in the right places? 



I'm much more familiar with the Irish or Celtic resources, but I've seen both Scottish and British resources listed in various places.  Have you checked out the various CR reading lists?

http://paganachd.com/faq/readinglist.html  (a few are noted as specifically Scottish, otherwise, check descriptions on the Amazon listing to get an idea of what's more about Britain)

http://www.imbas.org/imbas/readlist.html  (unfortunately, not well annotated)

http://homepage.eircom.net/~shae/app23.htm  (this one has a pretty good Scottish section)

In all of these, the British books are usually "filed" under Celtic.  F'ex, Anne Ross's Pagan Celtic Britain.  Also check out Ronald Hutton's books.  He tends to focus more on Britain, I think.

You might also try posting this question on the CR list at LiveJournal:  http://community.livejournal.com/cr_r/


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« Reply #2: May 13, 2007, 09:58:57 am »

Perhaps I've never found the right resources, though with all the reading I do, and (thanks to suggestions on the boards) that includes ordering books in both for myself and for the store where I work, I've never found a really good book (or books) on solely Scottish myths, or just on British (non-Irish/Welsh).  Plenty of 'Celtic', but much of what I've found in that regard is either Irish or Welsh.  Is it really that difficult to find, or am I just a dunce after all these years and simply not looking in the right places? 


I was just going to say it is hard to find purely "British" sources, because "Britain" tends to include a lot of different cultures and mythologies and in many cases, the word "Britain" usually means the native Celts, aka the Welsh, in order to distinguish them from the Irish, and the "British" mythology is usually regarded at the same as the Welsh: the Mabinogion and later, the Arthurian romances.  Of course, the Arthurian romances are a good example of this intermingling of cultures, and the trend that Britain follows in gathering together foreign mythologies and influences and adopting them as their own.  "British" mythology is rooted in Celtic mythology, but also includes Saxon, Norse, and Norman.  Kind of makes your head spin.  Tongue


The Scottish should be easier to find because, well, they haven't been invaded nearly so many times as the mainland has.  Wink  I've never read The Silver Bough, but I've heard it's a good source.  The other reading lists Moon Ivy posted lists come good stuff as well.


I would recommend you also look at folklore which is labeled "British", and see what you can find.  Some of what you may find might be from a little too late of a time period for you (maybe?), but I think faery tales and folklore are certainly easier to find, and more well-attested, than anything that claims to be purely "British" (no Celtic influences) mythology.

Here's a start: http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/folklore/folklore.html--just to get your feet wet

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/index.htm--I like Sacred Texts.com a lot, and I think this will give a lot of food for thought (not to mention entertaining stories!)

http://www.indigogroup.co.uk/foamycustard/fc003.htm--this is much more scholarly and is quite good for theories of folklore and mythology


Good luck to you!  Hope you find what you're looking for!
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« Reply #3: May 23, 2007, 11:20:45 pm »

 

Ooh!  Thank you!  These lists look wonderful.  (Perhaps not for my wallet, however, lol.) 

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« Reply #4: May 23, 2007, 11:23:28 pm »

I was just going to say it is hard to find purely "British" sources, because "Britain" tends to include a lot of different cultures and mythologies and in many cases, the word "Britain" usually means the native Celts, aka the Welsh, in order to distinguish them from the Irish, and the "British" mythology is usually regarded at the same as the Welsh: *snipped*  Good luck to you!  Hope you find what you're looking for!
 

I've discovered that difficulty, actually.  <g>  Perhaps what I'm looking for doesn't even exist in modern study?  Who knows?  But I'll have fun researching.  lol

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