THE EPICS OF CELTIC IRELAND: ANCIENT TALES OF MYSTERY AND MAGIC, Markale, Jean

Author Name    Markale, Jean

Title   THE EPICS OF CELTIC IRELAND: ANCIENT TALES OF MYSTERY AND MAGIC

Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   Near Fine

Publisher    Inner Traditions 2000

ISBN Number    0892818158 / 9780892818150

Seller ID   RWARE0000025472

A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: A world-renowned Celtic historian restores the classic Irish epics to their original sacred context. Restores the true Celtic morality and sentiment to these tales, which were expurgated by Christian monks. Reveals how deeply these mythic tales have shaped modern sensibility. Shows how the ancient Celtic tradition provides answers to contemporary spi ritual needs. Some of the most powerfully moving tales in Western literature are to be fo und in the epics of Celtic Ireland. Heroes and heroines like Finn Mac Cool, Grainne, and Cuchulainn are now familiar names, and their exploits have ev en been novelized for the contemporary reader. But the value of these stori es extends far beyond mere entertainment. In Celtic myth the adventure of a hero and a warrior is not only an instinctive search for answers to the gr eat human metaphysical problems, but also a palpable, even sensual experien ce. The dividing line between sacred and profane is forever shifting in way s that can be shocking, if not incomprehensible, to a person accustomed to the logical systems based on classical thought. Distrustful of the written word, Celtic druids forbade anything involving their tradition from being put into writing. However, Christian monks chose to preserve all they could of the oral tradition on paper. Unfortunately, they did not hesitate to alter what they couldn't comprehend, or what their Christian sensibilities found shocking. In this collection of some of the most important narratives in the rich Irish tradition, Jean Markale restores these texts to their original form and reveals how t

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