Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend (inbunden)
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Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend (inbunden)

Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend

A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore

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In Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Legend, authors John and Caitlin Matthews have compiled one of the most comprehensive collections of Celtic lore ever, drawing from every known source from the Celts' well-known classics, to neglected sources and forgotten archives. Their fresh translations and lucid commentary make this an essential text for students, researchers, and indeed, for anyone who has ever felt drawn to the Celtic spirit. The tales and poems are arranged thematically in keeping with the bardic traditions from which they come, and transport the reader to the shores of distant lands, populated by heroes and heroines, gods and kings, fairy folk, maidens and magicians. Here the ancient legends unfold, telling of battles and births, voyages and visions, love and longing, wooings and wisdom, dreams and vengeance. This collection of Celtic lore represents the lifetime's work of two internationally acclaimed writers. It is their hope that it will inspire those who wish to inherit the "bright knowledge"-the glefisa-of the ancestors, that they may illumine their own lives with this wisdom and, in turn, pass it on to their descendants.
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John and Caitlin Matthews are internationally renowned for their research into the Celtic tradition. As cofounders of The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, they teach worldwide. Their many books include The Celtic Shaman, Singing the Soul Back Home, and The Winter Solstice.


CONTENTS Acknowledgments viii Introduction: The Bright Knowledge 1 Invasions 1. Selections from the Book of Invasions 11 2. The First Battle of Moytura 17 3. The Second Battle of Moytura 44 Conceptions and Births 4. The Conception of Conchobor 67 5. The Birth of Cormac 72 6. The Birth of Noidiu Nae-Mbreathach 77 Cattle Raids 7. The Cattle Raid of Flidais 83 8. The Morrigan's Cow-Raid 87 9. The Cattle Raid of Cooley 91 Voyages 10. The Voyage of Bran, son of Febal 113 11. The Voyage of Mael Duin 123 Hero Tales 12. The Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulainn 153 0 13. Six Tales of Mongan: Conception of Mongan, The Pursuit of Dubh-Lacha of the White Arms, The Death of Fothad Airgdech, The Alms of Mongan, The Telling of Mongan's Frenzy, The Curse upon Mongan's Lineage 166 Dreams and Visions 14. The Dream of Oengus 189 15. The Sick-Bed of Cu Chulainn 195 Battles 16. The Battle of Findchorad 221 17. The Battle of Mag Mucrama 230 Wisdom and Lore 18. Fingen's Nightwatch 245 19. Selections from Cormac's Glossary 256 Sieges, Burnings, and Curses 20. The Destruction of Dind Rig 275 21. The Siege of Howth 281 22. The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel 289 23. The Debility of the Ulstermen 325 Love and Longing 24. The Story of Baile of the Clear Voice 331 25. Trystan and Essyllt 334 26. The Noble Youth 340 Wooings 27. The Wooing of Emer 245 28. Wooing of Luaine and the Death of Athirne 369 Adventures 29. The Adventures of Eachdach's Sons 379 30. The Adventures of Connla 385 Feasts and Visitations 31. Bricriu's Feast 391 32. The Excuse of Guile's Daughter 426 Exiles 33. The Exile of Conall Corc 437 34. The Exile of the Sones of Uisliu 444 Deaths 35. The Death of Conchobor mac Nessa 457 36. The Death of Conn Cetchathach 461 37. The Death of Cu Chulainn 468 Appendix: The Story List 476 Glossary 484 Bibliography 494 Thematic Index 500