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I am looking for evidence or scholarly relationships between Celtic… 
27th-Sep-2006 03:21 am
I am looking for evidence or scholarly relationships between Celtic Polytheism and possible late (but still pre-Christian) syncretism with Anglo-Saxon and Norse Heathen religions... anyone have any leads?
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27th-Sep-2006 09:40 am (UTC)
the two most obvious books to begin with would be Lady With A Mead Cup by Michael Enright and Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson. i'd also recommend Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies by Claude Lecouteux. mostly, those show the close similarities between the various northern European traditions, however, rather than direct syncretism between them. Scottish tradition, of course, shows the strongest direct syncretism, so sources of folklore should be very helpful there.
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27th-Sep-2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Holy crap... and the book's only 11 years old.

I've got a copy of Lecouteaux en route to my mailbox - it's a major source for some articles that Winifred Hodge Rose is doing on the soul-complex and other wight lore, so I'm looking forward to devouring it.
28th-Sep-2006 01:22 am (UTC)
yeah, the press didn't anticipate the demand for the book (and may still be unaware of the high demand) and let its printrun lapse after only a relatively few copies.
1st-Nov-2006 02:19 pm (UTC) - copy?
Two excellent choices. First, Ill agree with a few folk here: Anything by Davidson is worth its weight and then some. Second, I happen to be looking at Lady/Meadcup right now; loaned to me by a friend. Currently, I am copying it. If anyone wants a copy, I will send it to them for the cost of paper plus S&H. It is well worth having, even in copy form.

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Yngona
27th-Sep-2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
well I can do some asking around. Let me get back to you on that one. One of the best things I can think of is some of the irish sagas maybe.
27th-Sep-2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
I posted on the troth message board this was the first of what will probably be many more responses.. HR Ellis Davidson's "Myths and Symbols of Pagan Europe"
27th-Sep-2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
I've actually read much of H.R. Ellis-Davidson's work, and recommend her stuff highly (some people complain that Roles of the Northern Goddess is a little too syncretic, but I liked it - and it may be exactly the sort of cross-cultural survey you're looking for).

I've read positive reviews of G. Dumezil's God of the Ancient Northmen, which is said to have good cross-cultural info. I've also seen references to books by Jan Puhvel and Mircea Eliade (but I can't find specific titles at the moment).
27th-Sep-2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Got Eliade and Puhvel. the Dumezil looks interesting but the cheapest copy on Amazon is 45 dollars, so it will have to wait a few paychecks.
27th-Sep-2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
oh wait, hardcover is actually CHEAPER than softcover right now.
28th-Sep-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's different.

Dumezil's reputation is mixed among Germanic Studies scholars, and among well-read Heathens. Whatever your opinions about his conclusions, though, the man did his homework...
27th-Sep-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I too have read, and recommend Roles of th Northern Goddess. I will look at my other books (once I get home) to see if any would help.
27th-Sep-2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
thank you very much.
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