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Overview

Modeled on the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead, this book traces the journey of the soul, and the insights that it must absorb and comprehend in the course of a lifetime. At the heart of the book are the key themes of Celtic wisdom – time, the afterlife, destiny, prophecy, courage, fertility – treated with a mix of Celtic-style artwork and landscapes, as well as color photographs of superb artifacts.

This is a unique distillation of the most fascinating aspects of a rich and enigmatic culture – a beautiful and illuminating hardcover book for all those who wish to move one step closer to the spirit of the Celts.

This book displays a wealth of lore and literature, including timeless and profound poetry and epic battle scenes, to show the Celtic imagination at its most fertile. It also conjures up the mystery and fascination of the Celts with more than 70 pieces of stunning color artwork, symbols and patterns in Celtic style, as well as photographs of evocative landscapes and the finest weapons, carvings and jewelry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785828846
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Juliette Wood, PhD, is Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Welsh at the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. She has taught and lectured widely on Celtic traditions and folklore and was made President of the Folklore Society in 1996. Her many publications include: "Celtic Goddesses: Myths and Mythology" in the Feminist Companion to Mythology : "The Concept of the Goddess" in the Concept of the Goddess . She is also the author of The Little Book of Celtic Wisdom and The Celts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 An Eagle's Flight 8
The Wise Child 10
The Warrior's Way 12
The Honour of Women 16
Last Things 20
This Was the House 22
Chapter 2 The Wheel of Nature 24
Two Faces: Growth and Decay 26
The Wisdom of the Weather 30
The Wisdom of the Seasons 34
The Sun and the Moon 40
Chapter 3 Echoes of the Otherworld 42
The Islands Beyond 44
Impossibilities 48
Veils of Illusion 50
Mystical Creatures 54
Talismans of Power 58
Fairy Mounds 60
Chapter 4 Voyages Between Realms 62
The Threshold of the Beyond 64
The Enchanted Archipelago 68
Visions of Our Ancestors 72
The Wisdom of Water 76
Vessels of Truth 78
In the Guise of a Swan 82
Chapter 5 Fate and Foreknowledge 84
Our Yesterdays are Our Tomorrows 86
The Wisdom of the Salmon 90
The Mystery of the Head 92
Birds of Destruction 94
Chapter 6 Guardians of the Soul 96
The Wisdom of the Druids 98
Magical Contests 102
The Fortress of Love 104
The Wisdom of Inspiration 108
Saints and Angels 112
The Power of Three 114
Spiritual Healing 116
The Wisdom of the Bards 120
Chapter 7 The Wisdom of Eternity 124
The Creatures in the Pattern 126
The Twisted Vine 128
The Endless Knot 130
The Great Bard 132
How to Live, How to Die 134
Pronunciation Guide 136
Primary Sources 136
Further Reading 137
Index 138
Acknowledgments 144
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A Good Overview

    This is a very beautifully illustrated volume with many 'quick-read' subjects that invite the reader to explore further in areas that specifically interest them. A good overview of Celtic culture and a great springboard for further, more in-depth research.

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