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Celtic Tomes:                     Readings from Bygone Books

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

May 24, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 18: Festivals

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The Celtic year was not at first regulated by the solstices and equinoxes, but by some method connected with agriculture or with the seasons.

Names Used in this Section

oidhche...


May 10, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 17: Tabu

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The Irish geis, pl. geasa, which may be rendered by Tabu, had two senses. It meant something which must not be done for fear of disastrous consequences, and also an obligation to do something commanded by another.

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Apr 26, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 16: Sacrifice and Prayer

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The Celts offered human victims on the principle of a life for a life, or to propitiate the gods, or in order to divine the future from the entrails of the victim. We shall examine the Celtic custom of human sacrifice from...


Apr 12, 2020

The Religion of the Ancient Celts (1911)

Chapter 15: Cosmogony

by

J. A. MacCulloch

The Celts may have possessed the Heaven and Earth myth, but all trace of it has perished. There are, however, remnants of myths showing how the sky is supported by trees, a mountain, or by pillars.

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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...