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Celtic Tomes:                     Readings from Bygone Books

Gary & Ruth bring you readings from the Classic Books of Celtic Lore and Study

Mar 29, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 14: Tree and Plant Worship

by

J. A. MacCulloch

Animal worship pure and simple had declined among the Celts of historic times, and animals were now regarded mainly as symbols or attributes of divinities.

Names Used in this Section

Tarvos Trigaranos

Esus, Juppiter, and...


Mar 15, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 13: Tree and Plant Worship

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The Celts had their own cult of trees, but they adopted local cults. This chapter also details how the Celts made their sacred places in dark groves, the trees being hung with offerings or with the heads of victims.

Names...


Mar 1, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 12: River and Well Worship

by

J. A. MacCulloch

Among the Celts the testimony of contemporary witnesses, inscriptions, votive offerings, and survivals, shows the importance of the cult of waters and of water divinities. This chapter also details the many fairies and...


Feb 16, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 11: Primitive Nature Worship

by

J. A. MacCulloch

McCulloch talks about animism, where everything was a person and the greater objects of nature were worshiped for themselves alone.

 

Names Used in this Section

Gildas

Loegaire

Da Derga's Hostel

MacCecht

Gara

Morrigan


Feb 2, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 10: The Cult of the Dead

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The custom of burying grave-goods with the dead, or slaying wife or slaves on the tomb and other grave customs is the subject of this chapter. McCulloch also talks about the role of fairies and the festival of Samhain.