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MordredRedeemed

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Celtic Research Suggestions?
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:19:25 pm »
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I have been doing a little bit of religion exploration lately and i am leaning heavily towards Eclectic Wicca for its Ethics and Magic views. As far as spirituality goes I'm looking through different pantheons to see what Gods i can associate with/ get general knowledge about. I know Greek/Roman and Egyptian gods fairly well, but when i was researching Celtic Gods (I have heavy Irish/Scotch/British heritage) I seem to have hit a brick wall. Can anyone suggest a few decent books or websites that i can mine for information?
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Re: Celtic Research
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 07:28:23 pm »
Quote from: MordredRedeemed;83617
Can anyone suggest a few decent books or websites that i can mine for information?


Try the new "Celtic Religion" book by Sharon MacLeod- I haven't read it yet as I only just got it, but I have met her a few times and she really knows her stuff. I think she's had a paper published by the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Plus, her band "The Moors" was really cool.

You should bear in mind, though, that the direction symbolism used in Wicca is not Celtic, nor can it easily be reconciled as the Celtic directions are embedded in a lot of the lore. Plus, Celtic mythology has seven elements rather than four, and there are a lot of other things that don't match up.

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Re: Celtic Research
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 07:33:59 pm »
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Can anyone suggest a few decent books or websites that i can mine for information?

 
Head over to the CR FAQ: they have a huge Reading List with lots of ideas. You can also check out Land, Sea, and Sky, an online book that is a great place to start when researching Celtic religions.

However, off the top of my head, essential books on the Celts and Celtic religion include:

Celtic Heritage by Alwyn and Brinley Rees
Celtic Gods and Celtic Goddesses by Miranda Green (see her qualified recommendation in the CR FAQ for all the caveats, but these two books remain great introductions, and have lots of pretty pictures)
Gods and Heroes of the Celts by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt (translated by Myles Dillon)
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions and Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson

You can probably find most of these in your local library or very cheaply on used book websites.
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Re: Celtic Research
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 08:36:48 pm »
Quote from: MordredRedeemed;83617

Can anyone suggest a few decent books or websites that i can mine for information?

 
Sacred Texts has a great compilation of Celtic folkloric texts-- not exactly a cut-and-dry resource on just the gods, but they do have an online copy of the Mabinogion.

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Re: Celtic Research
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 11:09:51 pm »
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Head over to the CR FAQ: they have a huge Reading List with lots of ideas. You can also check out Land, Sea, and Sky, an online book that is a great place to start when researching Celtic religions.

However, off the top of my head, essential books on the Celts and Celtic religion include:

Celtic Heritage by Alwyn and Brinley Rees
Celtic Gods and Celtic Goddesses by Miranda Green (see her qualified recommendation in the CR FAQ for all the caveats, but these two books remain great introductions, and have lots of pretty pictures)
Gods and Heroes of the Celts by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt (translated by Myles Dillon)
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions and Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson

You can probably find most of these in your local library or very cheaply on used book websites.

 
Second the Green recommendation and anything by Sharon Macleod

Add to that "Myth, Legend & Romance" by Dáithí Ó hÓgáin - an encyclopedia of sorts

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Celtic Research Suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 11:46:15 pm »
Quote from: Finn;83622
Head over to the CR FAQ: they have a huge Reading List with lots of ideas.

What Finn said.

Another good and very accessible intro book is RJ Stewart's _Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses_.

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Re: Celtic Research Suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 02:05:31 am »
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Can anyone suggest a few decent books or websites that i can mine for information?

 
I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned Mary Jones and her Celtic Encyclopedia project.

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