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Most people know of Valhalla, the World-Tree and the gods of Norse mythology, or the strange hunts and voyages of the ancient Irish tales. Yet, few people realize the significance of the similarities and contrasts between the religions of the pre-Christian people of north-western Europe. The Celts and Germans and Scandinavians had much in common in their religious practices and beliefs, and this is the first serious attempt that has been made to compare them. There are striking resemblances in their ideas about battle-goddesses and protective spirits, holy places, sacrificial rituals, divination and ideas about the Other World; and Myths and symbols in pagan Europe poses questions like: do such parallels go back to early times or are they owing to late Viking contact?
Excellent resource! I find the book to be fascinating and quite easy to understand. It is a great text for those who are interested in the pagan traditions of Europe.Published 2 months ago by A. Blandford
Surprisingly fun read but then again I purchased it for fun/research. Happy to have it!Published 7 months ago by Toni
Bought as a gift for an inmate on Write a Prisoner, and he loved it and was very appreciative.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book starts out a little dry but picks up a lot of steam after the first chapter or so. Davidson throws a ton of information at you at once, and I found myself at least once a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must-have reference work on pre-Christian Celts, Scandinavians, and Germans -- rich, detailed, insightful data on mythology, archaeology, iconography, and literature. Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Kathleen Jenks
This work is typical of H.R. Ellis Davidson. Well researched and written. The comparative nature of this work can, at times, make it seem a little disjointed but it was an... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Ragnar Schuett