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The religion of the ancient Celts

Author: J A MacCulloch
Publisher: Edinburgh : T. & T. Clark, 1911.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scant records remain of the ancient Celtic religion beyond some eleventh- and twelfth-century written material from the Irish Celts and the great Welsh document Mabinogion. This classic study by a distinguished scholar, first published in 1911, builds not only upon the surviving texts but also upon folk customs derived from the rituals of the old cults. A masterly and extremely readable survey, it offers a  Read more...
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MacCulloch, J.A. (John Arnott), 1868-1950.
Religion of the ancient Celts.
Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1911
(OCoLC)608983236
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A MacCulloch
ISBN: 0094709300 9780094709300
OCLC Number: 1053186
Notes: "List of abbreviations used in the notes throughout this work": pages xiii-xv.
Description: xv, 399, [1] pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introductory --
The Celtic people --
The gods of Gaul and the continental Celts --
The Irish mythological cycle --
The Tuatha De Danann --
The gods of the Brythons --
The Cuchulainn cycle --
The Fionn saga --
Gods and men --
The cult of the dead --
Primitive nature worship --
River and well worship --
Tree and plant worship --
Animal worship --
Cosmogony --
Sacrifice, prayer, and divination --
Tabu --
Festivals --
Accessories of cult --
The Druids --
Magic --
The state of the dead --
Rebirth and transmigration --
Elysium.
Responsibility: by J.A. Macculloch.

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The author portrays the Celt as a seeker after God, linking himself by strong ties to the unseen and eager to conquer the unknown by religious rite and magic art. The earliest aspect of the religion  Read more...

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