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What this book does best is provide a general introduction to the goddesses, gods, and themes or trends that appear in Celtic mythology as a whole. All of these aspects are introduced in very broad terms, with little to no reference to the original texts, but they are for the most part accurate and, as stated, the authors differentiate between Celtic myth and their interpretations and understandings of those myths. As such, this text is a broad but fairly accurate introduction, and I recommend it to readers who are curious about Celtic myths and gods but don't yet want to delve into original texts or hard to read textbooks. Celtic Gods and Goddesses introduces some of the bigger ideas and characters that appear in Celtic mythology, and provides just enough information to help the reader figure out if the topic interests him.Read more ›
With the gluttony of books in the pagan and new age market, it is refreshing to read a book that uses research and historical documents as its starting point with the authors acting as both scholars and storytellers. The chapter on Cernunnos was one of my favorites and a shinning example of the authors explaining a deity's occurrences in history and archeology along with hypothesizing possible cross cultural connections.
This book is accessible to beginners as well as those who are more advanced in their studies and is a great addition to anyone's library that is interested in mythology.
Having read nearly all of the books listed in these authors' Bibiography, I firmly disagree with their interpretations of The Morrighan, entirely. In essence, they seem to have been imposing their views onto the evidence at hand. Further insulting was the way in which they extended an olive branch to Medb in an effort to completely excuse Her from War-Goddess status. However, they refuse to extend the same grace to The Morrighan when, according to the Medieval concepot of war-fare [inter-tribal catle raids] Medb is more of a War-Goddess than The Morrighan will ever be!
Most scholars, today, seem to be referring to Her not as a War-Goddess, but as one of the following: Tutelary-/Sovereign-/Earth-Goddess. In fact, recent academic articles by one Maire Herbert have exploded this out-dated War-Goddess model as it's applied to The Morrighan. This out-dated model is, unfortunately, the result of early Classicist idealogy being imposed onto non-Classical Gods and Goddesses (this model stems ONLY from one article written in 1870, and has stuck ever sense, unquestioned, and undefied erroniously-so by Pagans).
He further insults any well-informed reader by calling Her a "Battle Fury" (scholars are unanimously firm in their belief that She never actually engages in battle). Some other choice descriptions (which are abhorantly over-stepping the bounds of all reasonable research) are: She is a Goddess of a severe psychotic episodes, and that She is the personification of the cool, calculated, mentality of a serial killer!Read more ›
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This book is only an introduction to the old religions, and how the stories were told . Doesn't tell you much about the gods and the roles they play.Published on August 28, 2013 by robert 47
I loved the book it had everything I was looking for with my research. It was an helpful and informative read.Published on June 21, 2013 by Mikeart36
I am still not sure why I didn't like it. Because it has the information I was looking for, or at least some if it, maybe it was because how it was narrated. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Patricia Avila
Very well written. Very informative. Never have I been so captavated by a book before. I would so buy this book for friends and family. A must have in anyones book colloection.Published on October 3, 2012 by angela morrisey
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