In Celtic myth, the mixture of wise spiritual teaching and dramatic imagery creates new, potent, and disturbing visions. This selection of eleven storiessome more than 3,000 years old focuses on the women of ancient British mythology, from the formidable women warriors who trained heros to fight and kill to the beautiful companions who led them to higher realms of feminine intuition and spiritual wisdom. Caldecott goes beyond a mere recounting of female strength, providing lucid personal commentary that illuminates the complete myth and the culture from which it springs. These powerful stories transmit a recognition of the mystery of being and an understanding of the powerful magic of inner transformation.
Moyra Caldecott (1927-2015) was the author of more than 17 books and novels set in prehistoric times, including Guardians of the Tall Stones and Crystal Legends. With degrees in both English literature and philosophy, she devoted the major portion of her life to collecting and examining myths and legends across the world. Women in Celtic Myth shows how these tales form a code of universal symbolic importance in expressing the eternal journey of the human spirit.
Women in Celtic Myth Tales of Extraordinary Women From Ancient Celtic Tradition Introduction Rhiannon Arianrod and Blodeuwedd The Three Etains Emer and the Women Who Loved Cuchulain Macha The Morrigu Deirdre Findabair and Maeve Grania The Farmer's Youngest Daughter The Sea-Maiden