The Religion of the Ancient Celts (Celtic, Irish)

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Scant records remain of the ancient Celtic religion, beyond some 11th- and 12th-century written material from the Irish Celts and the great Welsh document Mabinongion. This classic study by a distinguished scholar, first published in 1911, builds not only upon the valuable hints supplied by the surviving texts but also upon the still-extant folk customs derived from the rituals of the old cults. A masterly and extremely readable survey, it offers a reconstruction of the essentials of Celtic paganism. The Celt is portrayed as a seeker after God who links himself by strong ties to the unseen, eagerly attempting to conquer the unknown by religious rite and magic art. The earliest aspect of Celtic religion lies in the culture of nature spirits and of life manifested in nature, and this book offers fascinating glimpses into primitive forms of worship, depicting Celtic rites centered on rivers and wells, trees and plants, and animals. The Druids maintained an optimistic view of the afterlife, and the author presents the subject from the comparative point of view, drawing upon evidence from Celtic burial mounds to elaborate upon ancient beliefs and customs related to the culture of the dead, including rites of rebirth and transmigration.

Product Details

  • Series: Celtic, Irish
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048642765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486427652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on March 3, 2017
By Michael Silveus
Well written book and enjoy having it in my library

Highly recommended!

 on November 12, 2014
By Wayne Martin
very well written!! the author has done a splendid job in bringing to light ( via comparitive examples ) the hidden culture of the celts.

Five Stars

 on August 16, 2014
By Harriet Horton
Understanding past beliefs tells us how current came from those previous.

The Religion of the Ancient Celts

 on September 28, 2013
By Draugmith
Great Book, a lot of information in it. It is a good tool to use to study and talk with others.

Excellant read

 on February 11, 2013
Enjoying very very much very good read. Learning alot about Celtic religion. Downloaded fast on my Kindle Fire. Would by more.

he enjoyed it and wanted more on Celtic culture

 on March 5, 2016
By Sandra Ash
this was a gift also to my grandson, he enjoyed it and wanted more on Celtic culture.

Four Stars

 on March 10, 2015
By sscoon
very interesting on the Celts

Four Stars

 on May 11, 2015
By Emily D Harris
Very informative

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