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Celtic Goddesses: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers

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This text offers a wide-ranging review of the significance of the female in Celtic myth and religion. Celtic goddesses presided over nature, animals, healing and fertility. Terrifying battle goddesses were invoked in times of war and a Mother Goddess was supplicated for the fertility of animals and crops. Goddesses were often linked with animals - birds, dogs, bears, pigs ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 25th 1995 by British Museum Pubns Ltd (first published 1995)
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Rebecca
Sep 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great take on the subject of the female Celtic deities - based on both archaeological and historical materials, the archaeological often enigmatic and the historical records even more so (since it is general of later date (often several hundred years and written down after the shift of religion to Christianity) and need to be somewhat deciphered to come to the core of the stories and what it can reveal about the original stories and ideas). All is done skilfully and with an abundance of knowle ...more
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Jul 17, 2009 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What an interesting work! Green's book is very charming and attractive in all possible ways, mixing good academic research and a nice narrative.
I really enjoyed reading. The only bad critic I can make about it is that sometimes she's too 'descriptive' and doesn't analyse some important points since she's only describing them. But that could also be a good thing for those who are not familiar enought with Celtic mythology.
Gabriel Clarke
Aug 28, 2014 Gabriel Clarke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview. Bear in mind that the archaeological research etc underpinning her work is now nearly two decades old.
Angie Curtis
May 22, 2009 Angie Curtis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is a great author and she did a good job of covering all the Celtic Goddesses. She tackles the historical facts as well as the myth surrounding each goddess.
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Please read my review on my website: Celtic Goddesses
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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 ...more
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