The Religion of the Ancient Celts

J. A. Macculloch

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The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J. A. Macculloch was first published in 1911. In the book, the author details the Celtic belief in reincarnation and a spectral otherworld; documents the enormous pantheon of gods and goddesses, including many local deities; and describes totemistic and animistic beliefs. It also has information about the Druids, and goes into detail about other Celtic practices, such as the famous 'Burning Man' human sacrifices, cannibalism and incest. Chapters include: The Celtic People; The Gods Of Gaul And The Continental Celts; The Irish Mythological Cycle; The Tuatha Dé Danann; The Gods Of The Brythons; The Cúchulainn Cycle; The Fionn Saga; Gods And Men; The Cult Of The Dead; Primitive Nature Worship; River And Well Worship; Tree And Plant Worship; Animal Worship; Cosmogony; Sacrifice, Prayer, And Divination; Tabu; Festivals; Accessories Of Cult; The Druids; Magic; The State Of The Dead; Rebirth And Transmigration; and, Elysium.

This book has 108,568 words, 165 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1911.

Production notes: This ebook of The Religion of the Ancient Celts was published by Global Grey on the 12th November 2018, and updated on the 3rd August 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Deirdre at her Dun' by George William Russell.

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