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Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses

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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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Jan 20, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for a different view of Celtic mythology
R.J. Stewart's idiosyncratic take on Celtic mythology.
Feb 20, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celtic
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.)
Feb 27, 2014 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Art and a good overview of some of the Celtic Pantheon.
Lisa James
Sep 23, 2011 Lisa James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 04, 2010 Maya rated it liked it
Please read my review here: Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm planning to read this book as part of an online discussion group.
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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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