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6 years ago  ::  Feb 04, 2009 - 5:50PM #1
gorm-sionnach
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So, one of the most common questions a lot of first time CR's have is in regards to the available books and sources. There are much more comprehensive source lists out there, so all of you newbies, I would highly recommend having a gander at the CR FAQ over at Paganachd (link below) and their extensive books list.

Several of the sites I have listed are also run by those users who have become the CR regulars on beliefnet, so questions are always welcome.

As it is here are a couple of sources to get you on your way.

Printed sources:

Gods and Heroes of the Celts by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt. Still in print and available inexpensively from online book retailers. Covers all the bases of Celtic Mythology, including both Continental and Insluar Celtic cultures.

Celtic Heritage by Alwyn and Brinley Rees. This is a bit more complicated than some of the other sources out there, but highlights a great deal of the relationship between Celtic culture and other Indo-European societies.

Celtic Mythology by Proinsias MacCana. An easy read with a lot of colour photograhps of sites and artifacts, nice coffee table book.

A Circle of Stones by Erynn Rowan Laurie. No longer in print, but available from the authors website in .pdf format. It was written over a decade ago and the author has stated there are many things she woudl change, but none the less it remains one of the few books which contains ritual and issues with altars which is lacking in a lot of other materials (or has too much of a neo-Pagan influence). Especially useful for those with an Irish/Scottish leaning. It is also available to purchase from online book retailers, though you'll have to settle for a used copy.

Web resources:

The CR FAQ: By and large the single best resource for a broad overview of CR, with an excellent book list, what to avoid and so on. http://www.paganachd.com/

Paganachd: A live journal community which also has several essays. It's sort of slow but not a bad place to ask questions of other, more experienced CR's. http://community.livejournal.com/paganacht/

Imbas: a collection of articles and essays on various practices and beliefs, as well as information on mythology, culture, language and history. They also have a public mailing list, although the discussions can get a little academic. http://www.imbas.org/

Gaol Naofa: a Gaelic Polytheistic orginization which has members across the US, and seeks to foster further development of GP traditions and practices. The site also features essays and artilces dealing with rituals, devotions and further source lists.There is also a members mailing list where discussions are frequent and informative, but requires membership (free) to participate. http://gaolnaofa.org/index.html

Tairis: Another gaelic Polytheist site (from the UK), though leaning more to the Scottish side of things. The overview of CR provided is good and the whole site is choc full of information. There are an awful lot of good essays and devotionals available as well as a book list, and even a few reviews of those books. http://www.tairis.co.uk/

Mythological Sources:

Varried and difficult to find in print, a lot of them are available through university web sites or litteray collections. Depending on the Focus of your path, the mythological texts vary from group to group. The CR FAQ has a pretty god breakdown of the actual sources, so I'm just going to provied a few links to sites which have a lot of the texts.

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts, a huge archive of sources on Celtic mythology, in both engish (when available) and their original languages. http://www.ucc.ie/celt/publishd.html

Sarcred texts: A huge database of Mythological texts from an assortment of cultures, but with a good selection of Celtic texts as well. http://sacred-texts.com/index.htm

Celtic Literature Collective: Another large site with translations of various Celtic texts. http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/index.html
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6 years ago  ::  Feb 04, 2009 - 7:52PM #2
gorm-sionnach
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And by all means, if there are other sources out there you think merit being on this list, suggest them.

Knowledge is good.;)
Truth in our hearts, Strength in our arms, Fulfillment in our tongues.
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6 years ago  ::  Feb 18, 2009 - 12:43PM #3
Ladyanastasia
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gorm-sionnach wrote:

And by all means, if there are other sources out there you think merit being on this list, suggest them.

Knowledge is good.;)


Knowledge is very good... Do you mind if I steal this list for Mystics?

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6 years ago  ::  Feb 18, 2009 - 10:19PM #4
gorm-sionnach
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LadyAnastasia wrote:

Knowledge is very good... Do you mind if I steal this list for Mystics?


Crib away.:D

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6 years ago  ::  Mar 06, 2009 - 11:29AM #5
Pacificheart
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I knew pretty much all of these except Tairis - looks like a nice site for us Scottish types.

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5 years ago  ::  Apr 17, 2009 - 8:41AM #6
Chiah
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Mar 6, 2009 -- 11:29AM, Pacificheart wrote:


I knew pretty much all of these except Tairis - looks like a nice site for us Scottish types.




Thanks :) That would be my site. It's very much a work in progress.


Can I also suggest a link? I think Miadhachain's Path of Eire is well worth a read:


http://www.pathofeire.org/

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