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Studying Irish myth

Postby darthwibble » 19 Feb 2012, 15:35

Hello all. I have decided to take a break from the Mabinogion and to start studying Irish myths. I was hoping for some advice on good sources. I'm looking for books mostly, but audio and video will also be welcome.
Currently, my only sources are the general overviews given in some Druid books, and from the Celtic Myth podcast, etc. I am purchasing some used copies of The Celtic Twilight by Yeats and Celtic Myths and Legends by Ellis, and a new copy of The White Goddess by Graves. I was thinking about Gods and Fighting Men, when I have some money saved. Are there any other good books I should look for?
Thanks in advance

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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby Dathi » 19 Feb 2012, 21:37

Greetings Darthwibble, and welcome.

There is plenty of "stuff" out there, but these are some of the online resources I find myself returning to:

Linking mythology to astronomy.
http://www.mythicalireland.com/mythology/

All the "books" you want are here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm#ireland

Corpus of Electronic Texts
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/irlpage.html

http://www.maryjones.us/index.html

Good luck and have fun.

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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby darthwibble » 19 Feb 2012, 23:19

Wonderful, thanks!

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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby Art » 20 Feb 2012, 05:13

It sounds like you have a good plan. Remember however that "The White Goddess" is purely a work of fiction not necessarily derived from any particular myths and legends. Graves himself called it a silly book. It is a depiction of the way he felt thing should have been rather than as they were.
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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby DJ Droood » 20 Feb 2012, 14:54

Linking mythology to astronomy.
http://www.mythicalireland.com/mythology/
I really enjoyed this page...thanks for the link!
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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby Gus » 27 Feb 2012, 16:01

"Pagan religions of the British isles is " is an excellent read - its very good for a dry academic view of what is known about th epast from archeological and historical sources - some really interesting stuff in there :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pagan-Religions ... 0631189467

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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby Aynfean » 27 Feb 2012, 16:15

The Lore of Ireland by Daithi O Hogain
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Lor ... kwsec=Home

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Re: Studying Irish myth

Postby Mannan » 11 May 2014, 13:40

Dont forget to study as many old (pre-13thC) saints' lives ('hagiographies') as you are able. Most of these stories were designed to incorporate important pagan doctrines into a christian narrative, and many 'saints' might just have been literary inventions for this reason. The hagiographies of Patrick and Brighid are good places to start.

Use CELT, Mary Jones and the 'Confessio' website as a starting point. If you wish to go deeper, archive.org has copies of books by Whitley Stokes, John O'Donovan and Kuno Meyer which include translations and commentaries of Irish mythological literature. Google Books is eminently searchable - you'll need plenty of food and candles to go down those rabbit holes!


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