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Celtic Tomes:                     Readings from Bygone Books

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

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.

 


Jan 19, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 9: Gods and Men

by

J. A. MacCulloch

In this chapter, he examines the Gods of the Celts and their relationships to man. How kings adopted divine names and characteristics.

 

Names Used in this Section

Bran

Fionn

Fians

Tuatha Dé Danann

Manannan

Goibniu

Boduogenos


Jan 5, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 8: The Fionn Cycle

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The story of the mighty hero, Fionn and his warband, the Fianna. McCulloch examines the origins of the Fionn myth and asks how much of the Epic McPherson poem is truly ancient.

 

Names Used in this Section

Cumal

Oisin

Diarmaid