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Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Many of the beliefs and customs of the ancient Celts persist even today, sometimes in surprising ways-and interest just keeps growing. Through illustrations old and new, this guide to Celtic magic and religion examines their enduring strength and continued relevance. It provides background on the Celts and their relationship to nature, their totem animals and mother goddes ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Cassell (first published 1991)
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This is a weird one. Unlike most works on the Celtic deities, Stewart here presents a cross-culture view that enables him to get at his understanding of the underlying roles and similarities of the various god/desses. It usually works, but ends up being rather cursory on any individual deity's lore. Fine, of course, but expectations, etc.

The format (7 x 9.5 inches, soft cover) is a bit off-putting; it feels unserious in a way that belies the effort Stewart puts forth — though it does allow for a
Alexa Cascade
Dec 12, 2007 Alexa Cascade rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for a different view of Celtic mythology
R.J. Stewart's idiosyncratic take on Celtic mythology.
Certainly colored by Stewart's personal opinions and philosophy, yet informative, interesting, and full of sources and clues for further study. (I don't think the book description is correct.)
Beautiful Art and a good overview of some of the Celtic Pantheon.
Lisa James
Beautifully written, easy to read & understand book on the Celtic pantheon. Tells you the stories of the deities, what they preside over, what is associated with them, & gives you very nicely drawn illustrations. I have this one in my personal pagan library, & I would highly recommend it.
I really liked it and I would have rated it as 'amazing' as there is some amazing art, but RJ Stewart has the tendancy to rub me the wrong way from time to time. Still and all I liked it!
I'm planning to read this book as part of an online discussion group.
Pamela B
very text-book structured
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Robert John Stewart (Bob Stewart) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father came from a Gaelic speaking family originally from the Western Highlands. His mother was Welsh, from a Welsh speaking family from the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, with a tradition of singing and playing the Welsh triple-harp. He is known today as a composer, author, and teacher, with 40 books in publication, translate ...more
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