Celtic Mythology: The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth by Ward Rutherford

By Ward Rutherford

This can be a full of life and soaking up account of the area of Celtic delusion and the function it has performed within the improvement of western tradition. integrated the following are:

• the realm of the Celts, together with an historic assessment from their emergence as an identifiable humans round one thousand B.C. additionally incorporated is an exploration in their social structure.
• The contents of Celtic myths and the variations and similarities among their manifestation in Britain and Ireland.
• The topography of the supernatural international of Celtic fable, together with dialogue of Druidism, Shamanism, and the which means of Celtic myths.
• The impression of Celtic delusion in English literature from Arthurian legend to the Grail legends.

This hugely literate, full of life, and soaking up exploration of 1 of the jewels of eu cultural history demonstrates how deeply Celtic mythology has turn into embedded in Western attention. it truly is for a person drawn to historical past, mythology, spirituality, and tradition.

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By Ward Rutherford

This can be a full of life and soaking up account of the area of Celtic delusion and the function it has performed within the improvement of western tradition. integrated the following are:

• the realm of the Celts, together with an historic assessment from their emergence as an identifiable humans round one thousand B.C. additionally incorporated is an exploration in their social structure.
• The contents of Celtic myths and the variations and similarities among their manifestation in Britain and Ireland.
• The topography of the supernatural international of Celtic fable, together with dialogue of Druidism, Shamanism, and the which means of Celtic myths.
• The impression of Celtic delusion in English literature from Arthurian legend to the Grail legends.

This hugely literate, full of life, and soaking up exploration of 1 of the jewels of eu cultural history demonstrates how deeply Celtic mythology has turn into embedded in Western attention. it truly is for a person drawn to historical past, mythology, spirituality, and tradition.

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38. Curt Sachs, World History oj the Dance (1937), pp. 124, 208. 39. See the abundant documentation in Evel Gasparini, II Matriarcato Siavo, pp. 667 fT. 40. G. DieterIen, Koumen; cr. Henri Lhote, "Les gravures et les peintures rupestres du Sahara," pp. 282 fT. 26 THE PALEANTHROPIANS H. C. ). To give only one example, a cosmogonic myth brings on the stage the primordial Waters and the Creator, the latter either as anthropomorphic or in the form of an aquatic animal, descending to the bottom of the ocean to bring back the material necessary for the creation of the world.

32. Alexander Marshak, The Roots of Civilization, pp. 81 ff. Equally significant is the ability of the Paleolithics accurately to observe and draw the phases of plant life (see Marshak, Roots, pp. , and his" Le baton de com man dement de Montgaudier (Charente)," pp. 329 ff. Rites, thought, and imagination 23 Whatever may be thought of Marshak's general theory concerning the development of civilization, the fact remains that the lunar cycle was analyzed, memorized, and used for practical purposes some 15,000 years before the discovery of agriculture.

Curt Sachs, World History oj the Dance (1937), pp. 124, 208. 39. See the abundant documentation in Evel Gasparini, II Matriarcato Siavo, pp. 667 fT. 40. G. DieterIen, Koumen; cr. Henri Lhote, "Les gravures et les peintures rupestres du Sahara," pp. 282 fT. 26 THE PALEANTHROPIANS H. C. ). To give only one example, a cosmogonic myth brings on the stage the primordial Waters and the Creator, the latter either as anthropomorphic or in the form of an aquatic animal, descending to the bottom of the ocean to bring back the material necessary for the creation of the world.

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