Friday, June 05, 2015
Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite book on Celtic myths
Favorite book: Women in Celtic Myth by Moyra Caldecott
About the book on amazon.com:
In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven stories some more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heroes to fight and kill to the beautiful companions who led them to higher realms of feminine intuition and spiritual wisdom. Caldecott goes beyond a mere recounting of female strength, providing lucid personal commentary that illuminates the complete myth and the culture from which it springs. These powerful stories transmit a recognition of the mystery of being and an understanding of the powerful magic of inner transformation.
This is a great book on myths featuring Celtic women: Rhiannon, Arianrod and Blodeuwedd, The Three Etains, Emer and the Women who Loved Cuchulain, Macha, The Morrigu, Deidre, Findabair and Maeve, Grania, The Farmer’s Youngest Daughter, and The Sea-Maiden. This is a great collection of stories and translated as close to the Celtic versions as possible. I love them all, but the tragic tale of Deidre and The Morrigu are my favorite ones. After each story, there is a commentary from the author discussing themes, which I really enjoyed reading. Ms. Caldecott also lists the sources she used for each one. Highly recommended.
Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author