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The Sacred World of the Celts: An…

The Sacred World of the Celts: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic Spirituality… (1997)

by Nigel Pennick

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It is a good introduction to things Celtic: where the Celts originated, what different gods and goddesses they worshipped depending on the region, where place names derived from their deities, and the incorporation between Celtic spirituality with the Celtic Christian church. And the photos in this book are extraordinary! Many of them I have never seen before, such as medieval tapestries depicting British Celtic royalty or horse bronzes from different Western European countries. Those alone are worth the printing of this book.

However, this book suffers from a lack of scholarship and reference material. There is no bibliography, certainly no footnotes, and no reference to any prior publications. Granted, it is an introduction to the subject matter, but it would stand up much better if it had at least a source of references for further study or source material. ( )
  threadnsong | May 2, 2017 |
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At the present time, every aspect of Celtic culture is a very visible part of a multicultural world.
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The Sacred World of the Celts is a comprehensive and richly illustrated examination of ancient Celtic traditions and their continuity and relevance to the present day. 

Celtic language and legend were largely passed down through the monks of Ireland and Wales and consequently were "christianized." In turn, these renditions were subject to the interpretations of various "Celtic" revivalists that further concealed the true nature of the Celtic world. Nigel Pennick pushes back these disfiguring overlays and restores to us the primordial Celtic tradition, one which interweaves the spirit into all aspects of daily life. 

Examines all aspects of Celtic life, including myth, the status of women, and the bardic tradition. 

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