The Religion of the Ancient Celts - J. A. (John Arnott) MaccullochLondon: Constable, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank. Pages gently age tanned.
Includes: List of abbreviations;
From the cover: “This classic study (first published in 1911) and long out of print is now reissued as part of a series of books of Celtic interest. The records of the ancient Celtic religion are scanty: from the Irish Celts there is some written material found mainly in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; from Wales there is the classic document Mabinogion. Valuable hints are supplied by early classical documents but more important are the existing folk customs which preserve so much of the old cults. Celtic burial mounds yield their testimony to ancient beliefs and customs: the cult of the dead; river and well worship; tree and plant worship; Druidic rites of rebirth and transmigration.
In this truly masterly and extremely readable study J.A. MacCulloch tries to rebuild Celtic paganism and to guess at its inner spirit. He portrays the Celt as a seeker after God, linking himself by strong ties to the unseen and eager to conquer the unknown by religious rite and magic art. The earliest aspect of his religion was the cult of nature spirits and of life manifested in nature.
How far the Celts cultivated religion in our sense of the term or had a vision of monotheism must remain unknown. But a people whose spiritual influence has been so great must have had glimpses of these things.”