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9 years ago  ::  Dec 31, 2008 - 8:29AM #1
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While CR is certainly not as developed as Asatru, there are a bevy of resources available for those who want to learn more or begin a CR path.

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.

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.

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.

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 dealign with rituals and devotions and also has a members mailing list where discussions are frequent and informative, but requires membership (free) to participate.

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.

Sarcred texts: A huge database of Mythological texts from an assortment of cultures, but with a good selection of Celtic texts as well.

Celtic Literature Collective: Another large site with translations of various Celtic texts.

This should provide more than enough info to get you started. As always if you have any questions, concerns or just want to chat with other CR's, head on over to the CR forum, we're always looking for new faces. … .php?f=315
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