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Published by Dover Publications in Mineola, N.Y .
Written in English


  • Celts -- Religion,
  • Mythology, Celtic

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Edition Notes

StatementJ.A. MacCulloch.
LC ClassificationsBL900 .M44 2003
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 399 p. ;
Number of Pages399
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3569988M
ISBN 10048642765X
LC Control Number2002072865

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Originally published in , and now available in Dover paperback, "Religion of the Ancient Celts," is a well written and engaging scholarly work. Well worth its price, the work is suitable to the general public, while still valuable to those interested in the Celts from an /5(27). Originally published in MacCulloch uses various texts as a source to piece this tome on the religion of the pre-Christian Celts together. Overall a good work, especially when you consider this was written before most, if not all, of the major archaeological finds that gave great insight into the ancient Celts/5(21). A few Christian biases creep in (again, it was ) but the author is very sympathetic and respectful towards the religion of the Celts. He covers the expected Irish and Welsh, but also Scottish, Gaulish, and Breton, with a few references to related/overlapping Germanic and Roman beliefs/5(68). In particular, we have no actual sacred texts of the ancient Celts, as their texts were transmitted orally only to initiates, and disappeared forever when the last Druid died. Christianity became the dominant religion in the Celtic area before the oral traditions could .

The author compares Celtic mythology and religion with the beliefs of early Scandinavian society. Vikings and Norsemen who raided British shores ruled parts of Britain for centuries. The religion of the Scandinavians was the same as the religious beliefs and practices of their fellow Teutonic and Germanic tribes, and their chief deities and religious rituals were like those of Teutonic people anywhere. Project Gutenberg's The Religion of the Ancient Celts, by J. A. MacCulloch This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Celtic religion, religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Celts. The Celts, an ancient Indo-European people, reached the apogee of their influence and territorial expansion during the 4th century bc, extending across the length of Europe from Britain to Asia Minor. From the 3rd century bc.   Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

MacCullough details the Celtic belief in reincarnation and a spectral otherworld; documents the enormous pantheon of now-obscure gods and goddesses, including many local deities; and describes totemistic and animistic beliefs. In addition, MacCulloch does not flinch (nor sensationalize) when describing the darker side of Celtic practices, including the famous 'Burning Man' human sacrifices, cannibalism and .   texts All Books All Texts latest This Just In Smithsonian Libraries FEDLINK Spirituality & Religion Sports Videos Television Videogame Videos Vlogs Youth Media. Featured The religion of the ancient Celts by MacCulloch, J. A. (John Arnott), Publication date TopicsPages:   In The Religion of the Ancient Celts, author J.A. MacCulloch presents a learned and engaging survey of this fascinating subject. A must-read for fans of 1/5(1). The Religion of the Ancient Celtsby J. A. MacCullochThe 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 of Celtic man was the cult of.