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The Gods of the Celts
The Gods of the Celts
This is a fascinating book about the Celts and their religion, which covers all aspects of the gods, ritual customers, cult-objects and sacred places of the ancient Celtic peoples. The first chapter introduces the Celts and the evidence they have left behind, and places them in their geographical and chronological context. The following chapters cover the various cults of ...more
ebook, 131 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by History Press (SC)
(first published January 1st 1986)
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Excellent foundational knowledge on Celtic religious practices. The text mainly sticks to descriptions of artefacts, with a minimal amount of interpretation about their ritual usage and the religious beliefs suggested therein. It both surprised me how little is known about the specifics of Celtic religious practices, but also how much archaeologists are able to extrapolate from the finds. A wonderful book for igniting curiosity. I'm so grateful to live just a few minutes away from the National M ...more
I found this book to be totally different to what it seemed, it was based more on what other people had found and other peoples studies, with little said about the celts, their practices or their beliefs. I see this may be meant for people interested in archeology but either way this book had little to no information that I was looking for.
A scholarly review of the archeological finds and survey of some historians opinions of the finds. I would recommend the book to those trained to read that genre only. One caution, sensitive readers like myself will find some of the human sacrifice grave finds very disturbing.
Miranda Green was born in London and educated at Greycoat Hospital, Westminster. She took an Honours degree at University College, Cardiff and an M. Litt. at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She gained a research scholarship at the Open University and was awarded a doctorate in 1981 for her thesis on Romano-Celtic sun-symbolism. She has received research awards from the Society of Antiquities of London ...moreMore about Miranda Aldhouse-Green...