The Gods of the Celts

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This fascinating overview of Celts and their religion covers all aspects of the gods, ritual customs, cult-objects, and sacred places of the ancient Celtic peoples
 

Covering 500 BC to AD 400, and embracing the whole of the Celtic world from Ireland to Australia, this rewarding overview of the evidence for Celtic religions, beliefs, and practices uses modern scholarship to bring an obscure, but captivating part of European ...

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Overview

This fascinating overview of Celts and their religion covers all aspects of the gods, ritual customs, cult-objects, and sacred places of the ancient Celtic peoples
 

Covering 500 BC to AD 400, and embracing the whole of the Celtic world from Ireland to Australia, this rewarding overview of the evidence for Celtic religions, beliefs, and practices uses modern scholarship to bring an obscure, but captivating part of European history to life. First, this it introduces the Celts and the evidence they have left behind, and places them in their geographical and chronological context. It then covers the various cults of the sun and the sky; the mother-goddesses and fertility; war, death and the underworld; water gods and healers; animals and animism; and symbolism and imagery. 

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"An excellent detailed survey by one of our leading authorities on Celtic religion . . . an important contribution."  —Antiquaries’ Journal

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Since the Celts left us no written records, much of what we know about them has been culled from the writings of literate Mediterranean societies, especially the Greeks and Romans, who had definite axes to grind with these "barbarians." This book attempts to shed light on the Celts and their religion, embracing the whole Celtic world from about 500 B.C. to A.D. 400. Chapters cover the cults of sun and sky, mother goddesses and fertility, war, death, and the underworld; as well as water gods and healers, animals and animism, and symbolism and imagery. Illustrated with b&w photos of Celtic art and artefacts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750934794
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,405,575
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Miranda Green is the author of Celtic Myths, Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend, and Dying for the Gods.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Excellent source for research

    This is a book by a scholar for scholars. The style is stilted even by the normally-stilted standards of scholarly style. The book at times reads as if it were - and it may be - the complete list of artifacts and written references from the period that have anything whatsoever to do with Celtic gods and religion in the millennium around the Year One. If scholarship is what you wanted, this is your book. If you just thought maybe you might want to become a Druid, go somewhere else.

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