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Celtic Mythology

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This guide to Celtic mythology explores the Celtic world and its beliefs, describing Celtic archaeology and the insight it gives into the lives of these ancient peoples, whose civilization spread widely through the British Isles and beyond. The book is part of a series on myths and legends.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published October 1st 1969 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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Jul 28, 2011 dragonhelmuk rated it it was amazing
Mac Cana is like a 1960s Rhys with a bit more learning. My dissertation adviser suggested him to me as a scholar equally at home in the Welsh and Gaelic traditions, and this is, in some ways, true and quite impressive. With Celtic studies going the way it is, I suppose he and I are dying breeds. He doesn’t do much evaluation of his evidence, but he does present more evidence for various monomythaisms than any other scholar. I get the impression he doesn’t draw any strong conclusions from them at ...more
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Mar 11, 2016 Saskia (Smitie) rated it it was ok
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Sadly, this book disappointed me a bit. Maybe it is because the Celts left little written history, maybe the writer thought you have a basic knowledge of Celts, but this book often confused me. I expected a book with explanations of the gods/goddesses of the Celts, rituals and stories. I got this, but the writing is all over the place. The writer easily mixes names, events and the geographical differences, but there is no simple summery or a table to help you keep track of all the information. A ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
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For a scholarly book published in the 70's, it's not to eggregious. There are a lot of fallacies and asumptions in the writing and the research, but there's also some great information in there. And even in black and white, the pictures of the ancient arceological finds are gorgeous.

However, it's less a relating of Celtic Mythology and more an attempt to trace the "veracity" of the various Celtic myths and theology from a basis of archeology, Ceaser's observations and folklore. If you're just lo
Ian Chapman
Sep 20, 2014 Ian Chapman rated it liked it
A very old fashioned scholarly author by modern standards.
Aug 14, 2009 Maya rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to get an introduction to Welsh and Irish Mythology
Recommended to Maya by: CR Reading list
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Celtic Mythology by Proinsias MacCana
This seemed to be a well written overview of Celtic Mythology. My only complaint is that there is no guide regarding any of the Irish words so one is left guessing how to properly pronounce them.
Feb 27, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
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This is an excellent book full of great references and pictures of archeological finds backing up the information presented. I highly recommend it!
Feb 10, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing
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A good first edition with a nice dust jacket is on ebay for another day
Feb 01, 2013 Jolene rated it it was amazing
Pretty neat book! I never knew that there was a such thing as Celtic Mythology!!!
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