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« Topic Start: December 28, 2009, 12:47:52 am »

As has been mentioned in a couple other threads, there's a new book out, Brigid: Goddess, Druidess and Saint, by Brian Wright.

I'm wondering if anyone else is reading it -- or plans to -- and whether anyone would be interested in a book discussion thread.

So far, I've only just started chapter 2 (I read very slowly now and don't retain well, thanks to a brain injury), but I have some issues with what I've read so far.

F'ex, the author seems to be a proponent of the Great Universal Mother theory, although I could be drawing incorrect inferences on that.  He also posits that the Irish goddess Brighid was a deliberate, first-century AD creation specifically designed by Brigantian druids who fled to Ireland when Britain was romanized.  His theory is that they made Brighid up -- as the daughter of two pre-existing Irish deities, the Daghda and the Morrigan -- as a way of uniting the Celtic tribes in the hope of resisting the Romans.

Oh, and he doesn't footnote anything.  Sad
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The first I'd heard about it was your LJ post in the CR community; from the sounds of it, I won't be picking it up. A lack of footnotes/citations, especially when making the claims he seems to be making, gives me a big red flag warning.
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« Reply #2: December 28, 2009, 01:36:04 pm »

As has been mentioned in a couple other threads, there's a new book out, Brigid: Goddess, Druidess and Saint, by Brian Wright.

I'm wondering if anyone else is reading it -- or plans to -- and whether anyone would be interested in a book discussion thread.



Based on the title alone, I'd love to read it.  But, based on your review so far, I'm not so sure! However, I will look and see if I can pick up a copy cheaply or at the library.  It might be worth a read.  If I can get my hands on a copy, I'll try to catch up to you and discuss.
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« Reply #3: December 28, 2009, 02:11:46 pm »

If I can get my hands on a copy, I'll try to catch up to you and discuss.

That shouldn't be hard.  I read VERY slowly these days.  Undecided

So far, I'm not impressed.  But I'm definitely going to try to finish it.  It's just one of those things I have to do.
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