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The Celtic Goddess: Great Queen or Demon Witch? Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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'Very interesting reading for anyone with an interest in Welsh mythology.' -- Dalriada: the journal of Celtic Culture, Heritage and Tradition 'An illuminating new study of the ancient Goddess of pre-Celtic and Celtic times.' -- Cygnus Review, 2002
An illuminating study of the ancient Goddess of Celtic times, reflecting the change in social attitudes to women across the centuries. Claire French describes how the Goddess figure was transformed as the shift from egalitarian to patriarchal societies took place. She draws on the Welsh Mabinogion myths to trace the decline of the Great Queen of early British origins into the demonised witch/fairy of the Christian era. For millennia the tribes of Britain had worshipped the Triple Goddess: Virgin, Mother and Crone. She was the Earth and the Earth was sacred. The Year of the Lady was a continuous ritual in her honour, from her Sacred Marriage to the sacrificial death of her chosen hero, the Year King. From about the fifth century bc, the goddess was displaced by Druidism and their Celtic sky gods who vied for her possession as spouse. Land and queens became the property of kings, while priestesses were declared witches and exterminated. Finally, under Christianity, goddess worship was further condemned and degenerated into fairy belief and witchcraft.See all Product description
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In the book she tries to discount Jean Markales WOMAN OF THE CELTS proposal that the Celts might have been a Matriarchal Society.
Little things in this book just stood out like Mor Rigan (for The Morrigan). The study of Lugh/Lew and Bran-I think she spent way to much time on the Celtic Gods. And Lastly she spend time on the Legend of King Arthur. I didn't neccearliy agree with her understanding of Rhiannon - How she might have been a form of Epona-and possibly the Morrigan.
Some of her arguments are very unclear and didn't complete follow where she was going. I understood that she wanted to show the development of the Celtic Goddess to Demon Witch but she fails.
There are some good things in this book, but it's not the first book that I would pick up if I was to start my journey into mythology. Before you read this book you should have an understanding of the MABINOGION and Irish Folklore.