Bnan and lDnanuJGn

Cauldron Druid

The Mabinogion, from which this tale of Bran and Bran wen is adapted, is a major source of Celtic myths and legends from Welsh tradition. Though much of the indigenous culture of Wales and many of its tradition were ruthlessly suppressed by English rule, The Mabinogion demonstrates the richness and complexity of the ancient tales preserved in oral tradition by bards or story-tellers. There are eleven stories in all, written down from oral tradition in two collections Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch The...

Celtic myths Celtic Legends

Gaelic Myths Legends

COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY COURTNEY DAVIS First published 1996 by Blandford a Cassell imprint Wellington House 125 Strand London WC2R OBB Previously published in hardback 1994 Text copyright R.J. Stewart 1994 and 1996 Colour illustrations copyright Courtney Davis Line drawings copyright Sarah Lever The moral rights of the author have been asserted All rights reserved. No part of this book electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any information storage and retrieval system,...

The Cuusg of TTlacho

Macha is a horse goddess, though she is disguised in this legend as a woman who races against horses. Horse goddesses, such as Epona of the Gauls or Rhiannon of the Welsh and the princess-horse who helps N'oun-Doare in the next chapter , were powerful deities in pagan Celtic religion. Emain Macha is an ancient site now called Navan Fort near Armagh Ard Macha in Ulster. It is associated with the goddess or sacred queen Macha at the primal levels of its myth and folklore, and with the Ulster Red...

Ll dont knovo the toLe of noundoane

The Celtic traditions of Brittany are in some ways more complex and yet in others more primitive than those of Wales, Ireland or Scotland. By primitive I mean earlier or foundational, and no value judgement is intended. This particular legend is a perfect demonstration of the rich Breton tradition that exists in oral tales. It is an initiatory or shamanistic tale, involving animal and spirit allies who come to the aid of a naive young man bent upon a seemingly impossible quest. ONE day, when...