Myths & Legends of the Celts

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  • 48462
  • 9780141017945
  • 1 Author
  • James MacKillop
  • 2 Publisher
  • Penguin
  • 3 Format
  • PB

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From the Penguin Guides to World Mythology, this book is a brilliant introduction to the world of the Celts. The Celts created an intricately woven mythology describing the deeds of gods and goddesses; legendary heroes such as Cúchulainn, Bran mac Febail and the warrior queen Medb; and shadowy otherworlds that were the home of spirits and fairies. Drawing on recent historical and archaeological research, as well as literary and oral sources, this is a fascinating introduction to the myths and legends of the people who inhabited the north-western fringes of Europe - from Britain and the Isle of Man to Gaul and Brittany. It looks at the nature of Celtic religion, the druids who served society as judges, diviners and philosophers. It examines many Celtic deities who were linked with animals and natural phenomena, or who later became associated with local Christian saints. And it explores in detail the rich variety of Celtic myths: from early legends of King Arthur to the stories of the Welsh Mabinogi.

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