Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales

In this widely acclaimed study, Alwyn and Brinley Rees reinterpret Celtic tradition in the light of advances made in the comparative study of religion, mythology and anthropology Part One considers the distinguishing features of the various Cycle of tales and the personages who figure most prominently in them Part Two reveals the cosmological framework within which the aIn this widely acclaimed study, Alwyn and Brinley Rees reinterpret Celtic tradition in the light of advances made in the comparative study of religion, mythology and anthropology Part One considers the distinguishing features of the various Cycle of tales and the personages who figure most prominently in them Part Two reveals the cosmological framework within which the action of the tales takes place Part Three consists of a discussion of the themes of certain classes of stories which tell of Conceptions and Births, Supernatural Adventures, Courtships and Marriages, Violent Deaths and Voyages to the Other World, and an attempt is made to understand their religious function and glimpse their transcendent meaning.
Celtic Heritage Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales In this widely acclaimed study Alwyn and Brinley Rees reinterpret Celtic tradition in the light of advances made in the comparative study of religion mythology and anthropology Part One considers th

  • Title: Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales
  • Author: Alwyn Rees Brinley Rees
  • ISBN: 9780500270394
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Celtic Heritage Alwyn Rees, Brinley Rees Celtic Heritage Alwyn Rees, Brinley Rees on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In this widely acclaimed study, Alwyn and Brinley Ress reinterpret Celtic tradition in the light of advances made in the comparative study of religion Celts The Celts k l t s, s l t s , see pronunciation of Celt for different usages are an Indo European ethnolinguistic group of Europe identified by their use of Celtic languages and cultural similarities. The history of pre Celtic Europe and the exact relationship between ethnic, linguistic and cultural factors in the Celtic world remains uncertain and controversial. Celtic Tattoo Shop,Newport,RI Large Celtic Cross Tattoo on Back The Vegvisir, also known as the Runic compass or the Viking compass, is a symbol of protection and guidance believed to be used as a compass by the Vikings. Celtic Tattoo History and Symbolism In recent years Celtic Tattoos have enjoyed a revival We specialize in historical knotwork and Celtic ornamental style Tattooing Our research on the subject has provided a wealth of new and exciting knots for applications as Tattoos Anyone who desires a Historical Celtic Tattoo, Mythological Celtic Tattoo or a pride in their heritage Celtic Tattoo will be pleased with our vast collection Celtic languages The Celtic languages usually k l t k , but sometimes s l are a group of related languages descended from Proto Celtic, or Common Celtic a branch of the greater Indo European language family The term Celtic was first used to describe this language group by Edward Lhuyd in , following Paul Yves Pezron who had already made the explicit link between the Celts Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society NACHS was founded in The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture Our goal is to educate the public about the heritage, language, traditions, art, and history of the Celtic people both ancient and modern. Women in Celtic Myth Tales of Extraordinary Women from Women in Celtic Myth Tales of Extraordinary Women from the Ancient Celtic Tradition Moyra Caldecott, Anthea Toorchen on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions This selection of eleven storiessome than Irish Celtic Symbols Explained And Their Meanings In For centuries, Celtic symbols and signs held incredible power for the ancient Celts in every way of life The word Celtic refers to people who lived in Britain and Western Europe from BC and AD Celts were of the Iron Age and lived in small villages which were led by warrior chiefs With its rich history and culture, Ireland has been home to various civilisations for thousands of years. Ancient Signs of Pride and Power Unravelling the Secrets The ancient Celts believed their symbols and signs held amazing and meaningful powers which could influence their lives Bards and storytellers have carried on the stories and meanings behind Celtic symbolism from one generation to another. Celtic Spirit Journeys Sacred Sites Tours Britain UK Experience the sacred journey of a lifetime at the ancient sites of the Celtic lands We specialize in high quality tours with small groups to explore the most remarkable sacred sites in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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    1. I read this book at 14 and it quite literally changed my life.In later years I came back to the book for its scholarly analysis. At 14, though, what it did was introduce me to a world of stories that never showed up in my schoolbooks. On the one hand, Gulliver's Travels; on the other hand, the Voyage of Brendan. On the one hand, excerpts from the matter of Arthur; on the other hand, the Mabinogion. That interest in the literature grew into a desire to learn about the culture, which in turn grew [...]

    2. I read this probably not long after it was re-issued in 1989. I remember it as giving a deep insight into the pagan Celtic life and mind-set, relying heavily on the limited amount of Celtic literature that remains to us and within that most heavily on the Irish works as having been least Romanised/Christianised but also delving into historical and archaeological findings.I have no idea how the scholarship stands up to current scrutiny.

    3. This is a good book but not a light book. Alwyn and Brinley Rees analyse and classify the ancient myths and tales of Ireland and Wales. They compare the myths to those of India and sometimes to Aztec myths. I like the fact that they speak of the Druids in their relationship to myth and story, but they do not pretend that they know their religion, as some writers do.

    4. Not only do you get most of the important mythological cycles of the Celts, you get to have them put into context with Celtic society. As a starter book, for someone with lots of Celtic knowledge looking for a way to combine it, or for someone who wants to read just one, all round, great book on Celtic myth and life, it's perfect.

    5. I am grateful to the neo-druids who recommended this book, one of the best on this topic which suggests parallels and connections between the Celtic and other ancient civilizations

    6. Way too deep for me at times, it still offered some interesting thoughts on the Celtic mythology and how it relates to other world mythologies. The connections made between Celtic and Indian mythology I found particularly intriguing. Definitely more a book for the scholar than the moderately interested reader.

    7. I've read it in Russian and was captivated by it. It's not strictly a connected narrative, like many other Russian retellings (we do have gorgeous editions of Cetlic myths), but it's an extensive overall review of all Irish mythological cycles. This is a desk book for any lover of Celtic myths, that's for sure.

    8. We read this book as part of an Ancient Celtic Studies Discussion Group that I run in real life. It took a long time to get through, but it was well worth the effort. The book is chalk-full of information about the Iron-Age Celts, what little there is. Rees and Rees did a great job of analyzing the information they did have and making conclusions based upon the scholarship of the time.

    9. This was our first book of the Celtic Book Discussion group I belong to. It took us almost a year to get through it. It is chock full of information and I learned a great deal from the book. However, it was/is a very dry read.

    10. Rather more like a textbook ,lots of research matrial for the student of celtic lore.I expected just stories and the book is a bit over my head.

    11. Pretty good, and very readable! It draws heavily on parallels with Hindu mythology, and I would like to see some discussion of the arguments for and against that as well.

    12. Fine if you want a light, general glossing-over of the topic. Otherwise, lacks depth as well as a good bibliography.

    13. Extremely well written and packed with information, but also very dense. Definitely NOT light reading. Still if you're into this sort of thing (and I am) it's a great read.

    14. Anyone interested in our Celtic Heritage should read this as it's both scolarly and easy to read. A very full account. Highly recommended

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