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Women in Celtic Myth: Tales of Extraordinary Women from the Ancient Celtic Tradition

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In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven storiessome more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heros to fight and kill to the beautiful companions who led them to higher realms of feminine In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven storiessome more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heros 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.


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In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven storiessome more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heros to fight and kill to the beautiful companions who led them to higher realms of feminine In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven storiessome more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heros 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.

30 review for Women in Celtic Myth: Tales of Extraordinary Women from the Ancient Celtic Tradition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    Moyra Caldecott takes the legends and myths of Ireland, Wales and Scotland and tells some fo the stories of women from these myths, retelling the stories in her own words and then talking about some of the meanings and roots of the stories and what she can see behind the story. It's an interesting read, if only for the stories, the interpretation is also quite interesting and does look at the myths and talk about their universality and how they would be a teaching tool.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer James

    Excellent book, very engaging and entertaining. Retells tales of strong women such as Rhiannon and Deirdre from Welsh and Irish mythology. One story, that of Findabair, I have not seen fleshed out as much anywhere else.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Georgene

    A collection of Celtic myths mostly from Ireland plus a couple from Scotland. Each story is told, then is explained. The stories are well written, as are the explanations that follow. Well worth reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.D. Gorri

    Very cool book for the mythology addict to add to his/her collection. I enjoyed tales and the insights afterward. Thanks

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    A wonderful collection of Celtic myths about strong women who defined their Culture. From the Tuatha, to the tragic Deirdre, this book has many mythical beings to read and learn from.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle | michelledevoursbooks

    This was my first foray into reading mythology in a nonfiction sense (i.e. not YA fae and fairy stories) since high school. I would highly recommend starting with a book like Caldecott's "Women in Celtic Myth" if you're being introduced to a new mythological world and history. Stories and commentary are blended together to provide the backdrop for tales of magic and heroism, but also glimpse the story's depths through cultural history and Celtic symbolism. The role of women in Celtic This was my first foray into reading mythology in a nonfiction sense (i.e. not YA fae and fairy stories) since high school. I would highly recommend starting with a book like Caldecott's "Women in Celtic Myth" if you're being introduced to a new mythological world and history. Stories and commentary are blended together to provide the backdrop for tales of magic and heroism, but also glimpse the story's depths through cultural history and Celtic symbolism. The role of women in Celtic myth is varied and diverse. Each extraordinary woman in each of the tales Caldecott presents has a personality, desires, and destiny all her own. Some are fair maidens, some are warriors, some are tricksters, and they all have varying depths of character and personal journeys that I truly appreciated. My favorite was Emer and the story of her love and the loves of Cuchulain. Right from the beginning, Emer is a headstrong and formidable woman. Her love, loyalty, and intuition grow and evolve and it's a beautiful, if not tragic, story (like most to the myths). Emer is also my favorite exemplification of the "woman's intuition" that is pervasive in these myths. Intuition allows them to see through magical illusion. This running theme and the theme of men ignoring their intuition, was unique and entertaining. There are a frustrating number of times a woman should have said "I told you so" in this anthology. As with most mythological histories, I struggled to keep the names of people and places and their relationships to each other straight. A reference, guide, and/or map would have been helpful and could have provided more clarity and an easier read. Overall, this was a wonderful introduction to Celtic mythology and truly showed the appreciation of women and their many roles in this society. The commentary by Caldecott provided an additional dimension to the anthology that gave the history and tales further depth. I believe the lessons in this book can be applied to further readings on Celtic myths and histories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This is an insightful and enjoyable collection of Celtic stories where women are not only at the forefront of the story but are also shown to be independent, strong and more than capable of running their own lives and making their own decisions. Each tale shows a different character ranging from warriors and queens to farmers and homemakers, all of whom take the lead and show themselves to be decisive and determined. Caldecott also provides her own interpretations for each of the stories which a This is an insightful and enjoyable collection of Celtic stories where women are not only at the forefront of the story but are also shown to be independent, strong and more than capable of running their own lives and making their own decisions. Each tale shows a different character ranging from warriors and queens to farmers and homemakers, all of whom take the lead and show themselves to be decisive and determined. Caldecott also provides her own interpretations for each of the stories which allow the reader to think about the deeper meaning behind each one as well as enjoying each as a story in its own right.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aran

    I appreciated the commentary that followed the myths--good to have background on the symbols and general context for the stories. The myths themselves were re-written to perhaps be more appealing to a modern reader but came off a little clunky.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna-lee

    This is a nice introduction to Celtic Mythology. The author did a good job selecting tales that built upon one another. Each consecutive myth introducing characters that popped up later. The names are so rich and diverse it can feel like you are in a tossed salad searching for a splinter of dried rosemary. It is worth it in the end when the names become familiar and the stories integrated. I found the analysis and application of the myths to be shallow and short winded. Not so much as to be reje This is a nice introduction to Celtic Mythology. The author did a good job selecting tales that built upon one another. Each consecutive myth introducing characters that popped up later. The names are so rich and diverse it can feel like you are in a tossed salad searching for a splinter of dried rosemary. It is worth it in the end when the names become familiar and the stories integrated. I found the analysis and application of the myths to be shallow and short winded. Not so much as to be rejected though. I will not seek out this author in future reads about Celts and their feminine glory, but I will be looking for more Celtic mythology.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hansen

    This book was not what I was expecting. I wanted to learn about actual women of Celtic histroy, this book is merely a book of fairytales.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    The retellings are engaging but her commentary is lacking. Some insightful comments, some were just opinions that didn't need stating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Loved it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    lovely interpretations and view points on Classic Celtic Myths, from the female leads point,

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alisa Books and Sequins

    The tales were exciting and suspenseful and as I haven't read much mythology I really appreciated the commentary after each one. Loved that they were all centered around women too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrine Morse

    This is one every Gaedhil child should be given to read. The Author's insightful commentary at the end of each myth sheds light on our archetypes. Great read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Murtha

  17. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean Andres

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charity Sheppard

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  29. 5 out of 5

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