Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore

Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore

by Bob Curran, James Cantrell
     
 

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Tales of vampires, headless horsemen, witches, devil dogs, and banshees can all be traced back to the ancient Celts. Their mythology included a mystic otherworld from which the souls of the dead, malevolent spirits, and fairies could influence the mortal realm and this was said to be the source of such supernatural beings. Many legends grew from these primitive

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Tales of vampires, headless horsemen, witches, devil dogs, and banshees can all be traced back to the ancient Celts. Their mythology included a mystic otherworld from which the souls of the dead, malevolent spirits, and fairies could influence the mortal realm and this was said to be the source of such supernatural beings. Many legends grew from these primitive beliefs and crossed the ocean with immigrants to the New World. In the wilderness of an untamed America, old legends found new life and were adapted by settlers to explain the strange land in which they now found themselves. From Tennessee's Roan Mountain Shapeshifters and the Quaker Seeress of Massachusetts to California's Lost World, Bob Curran explores haunting regional tales and how Celtic mythology has become America's own.

Bob Curran is a prolific writer and expert on Celtic culture and folklore, penning more than fifty books in eleven languages on the subject. He teaches in Ireland and gives speeches throughout Northern Europe and the United States on folklore and education. Curran lives with his family in Coleraine, County Derry, Northern Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589807433
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
720,740
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Curran is a prolific writer and expert on Celtic culture and folklore and has penned more than fifty books in eleven languages. He teaches in Ireland and lectures throughout Northern Europe and the United States on folklore and education. Born in Northern Ireland, he held a series of odd jobs in the United Kingdom and the Americas before returning to his native land, including gravedigger, journalist, scriptwriter, mortuary attendant, and radio programmer. Curran has also worked on underground publications, including Oz, a counterculture magazine in London, and as an educational and cultural adviser for the government of Ireland.

James P. Cantrell studied Gaelic and Cymric languages and Irish literature for his M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later earned his Ph.D. in American literature with an emphasis on Southern literature from the University of Arkansas.

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