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Celtic Mysteries (Art and Imagination)

The Ancient Religion

John Sharkey


This richly illustrated introduction to ancient Celtic religion brings to life the mysterious and fascinating beliefs, rituals and art of the last tribal culture in Europe


The Celtic Mysteries took shape in the flux of in-between states ... Bards and Druids evoked a supernatural landscape of spirits and omens, heroic deeds and wonder voyages, all echoed in the sinuous patterns, potent symbols and shape-shifting figures of Celtic art.

Here are the twilight of dawn and dusk; the dew and mist, neither air nor water; the warrior’s demi-divine frenzy; and the dream-state between life and death.

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'Well laid out, with many lavish colour and black and white photographs'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 117

Publication date: 4 February 2013

ISBN: 9780500810569

Contents List

The Ancient Religion; The Triple Goddess; Heroic Realms; Shamans and Rituals; Wonder Voyages; Christian Heroes; Themes: Temples of the Sky , The Inner Quest, The Spir al J ourney , The Primal Ener gy , The Sacr ed W ell, The Horned One, The Eternal Presence, Warriors, The Act of Naming, Intricate Contemplation, The Power of Beasts

About the Author

John Sharkey was an author, artist and researcher into Celtic ancient history, spirituality and archaeology. Among his numerous other books are The Meeting of the Tracks: Rock Art in Ancient Wales and The Medicine Tree: Traditional Healing in Wales from Prehistory to the Present.

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