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« Topic Start: June 25, 2007, 09:52:58 pm »

I have always been interested in Celtic things, and therefore want to get started with some Celtic mythology.  If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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« Reply #1: June 26, 2007, 12:41:32 am »

I have always been interested in Celtic things, and therefore want to get started with some Celtic mythology.  If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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Check out the reading lists on these sites:

http://www.ecauldron.com/reconcelt.php
http://paganachd.com/faq/index.html
http://www.imbas.org/
http://homepage.eircom.net/~shae/

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« Reply #2: June 26, 2007, 11:32:20 am »

This author wasn't actually writing scholarly dissertations on Celtic mythology, but he was mentally living it as much as anybody can in the modern age, and he wrote many wonderful books. The guy I am refering to James Stephens, who wrote in the early part of the tywentieth century. His most famous book is The Crock of Gold, but I like The Demi-Gods better. Anything he wrote is good.

I suggest him because it is sometimes advisable to regard art as a means to approach reality in a way that scholarly texts can't do it. However, if you read Stephens, you might find a dictionary of Celtic mythology useful.
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« Reply #3: June 26, 2007, 09:05:08 pm »

I have always been interested in Celtic things, and therefore want to get started with some Celtic mythology.  If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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How serious are you looking for? I could give you a list of books that come highly recommended, but most of them are written more from the historical scholar perspective than that of a religious seeker.
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« Reply #4: June 26, 2007, 09:11:24 pm »

I have always been interested in Celtic things, and therefore want to get started with some Celtic mythology.  If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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This isn't a scholarly type book by any means and some people don't care for the author, but I did enjoy the storytelling and exercises in The Witch In Every Woman by Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills. It is moreso used for female empowerment but I liked it all the same.

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« Reply #5: June 26, 2007, 09:36:43 pm »

This isn't a scholarly type book by any means and some people don't care for the author, but I did enjoy the storytelling and exercises in The Witch In Every Woman by Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills. It is moreso used for female empowerment but I liked it all the same.

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For those with Wiccan-ish leanings, it's not a bad book, but it really has nothing to do with Celtic mythology.
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« Reply #6: June 27, 2007, 12:13:44 am »

For those with Wiccan-ish leanings, it's not a bad book, but it really has nothing to do with Celtic mythology.

It does in a way because she uses alot of Celtic tales in it, including a wonderful one on the Morrighan. That's why I suggested it.

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« Reply #7: June 27, 2007, 02:13:04 pm »


Thanks so much!  These look very interesting and informative.
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« Reply #8: June 28, 2007, 12:35:03 am »

Thanks so much!  These look very interesting and informative.

No problem.  Note that there's a lot of overlap in the lists.

If you have questions about a specific book or books, just ask.  Chances are that someone here will have read it.   Wink
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« Reply #9: June 28, 2007, 01:13:43 am »

If you have questions about a specific book or books, just ask.  Chances are that someone here will have read it.   Wink

Sure thing!  I'm probably going to the library tomorrow to see what I can find.  I'm hoping there will be something in this lovely town I live in  Tongue

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How serious are you looking for? I could give you a list of books that come highly recommended, but most of them are written more from the historical scholar perspective than that of a religious seeker.

Considering I have almost no experience with the Celtic myths, I'm just looking for something with the actual myths in it.  After I get familiar with those, I think I'll start going into the historical things.  Thank you!
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« Reply #10: June 29, 2007, 07:04:20 pm »

I have always been interested in Celtic things, and therefore want to get started with some Celtic mythology.  If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire.
Irish fairy and Folk tales by W.B. Yeats.

Timelessmyths.com/celtic/index.html
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« Reply #11: July 13, 2007, 11:45:13 pm »

Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire.
Irish fairy and Folk tales by W.B. Yeats.

Timelessmyths.com/celtic/index.html


Thanks a lot!  I'm home again for a little bit, so I'll definitely go to the library tomorrow. 
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« Reply #12: July 14, 2007, 01:59:37 am »

Thanks a lot!  I'm home again for a little bit, so I'll definitely go to the library tomorrow. 

There's also http://www.ucc.ie/celt/publishd.html and http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm .
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« Reply #13: July 14, 2007, 10:34:58 am »

Thank you all for the list of resources!  This thread has been of help to me as well! Cheesy
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« Reply #14: July 28, 2007, 11:51:37 am »

if you are interested in celtic myths then you should really buy a copy of the Mabonogion, the original collection of Celtic myths.

also, one of the most useful books on the subject ehich i've read is Celtic britain by Lewis Spence
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