A beautifully produced guide to the world of Celtic mythology, bringing together archaeology, history, and fantastical stories to paint a vivid picture of Celtic heritage
From gods, heroes, and monsters to Druids, sorcerers, and talking animals, The Celtic Myths explores every aspect of Irish and Welsh myths in this appealing and authoritative guide. Besides vividly retelling the tales, Miranda Aldhouse-Green brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical world she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies.
Starting with a discussion of how myths are transmitted and by whom, Aldhouse-Green continues with an account of Irish and Welsh myths, their key actors and motifs, and themes such as heroes, animals, women, environment, and the Otherworld. The book concludes with a look at the influence of monastic chroniclers on the tales, which they preserved and adapted.
Boxed features, quotes from primary texts and contemporary sources, two-color illustrations, photographs, and drawings all come together to create a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in Celtic history or the history of myth as well as anyone who simply loves a good story.
|Publisher:||Thames & Hudson|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
Prelude: The Celtic World: Space, Time and Evidence 10
1 Word of Mouth: Making Myths 15
2 The Myth-Spinners 38
3 A Plethora of Irish Spirits 58
4 Enchanted Wales: A Magical Land 77
5 The Champion's Portion: Mythical Heroes 98
6 Enchanting Animals and Edgy Beings 116
7 Dangerous Liaisons: Monstrous Regiments of Women 138
8 Land and Water: A Seethe of Spirits 156
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good overview to the Celtic myths. Excellent introductory book.