As we look at Celtic Mythology, there is a wealth of material that will be brought out in this series of articles that is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more. Sources are spread throughout the Celtic nations and we will look at each in turn, starting with Irish Mythology.
The three main manuscript sources for Irish mythology are: -
Despite the dates of these sources, examination of the language used date most of the material further back to the 8th century and may even go back to the 6th century from even earlier oral retellings. Other important sources are: -
It has to be noted that most of the manuscripts were created by Christian monks (especially the later works), whose religious hostility to pagan beliefs resulted in some of the ancient stories being adapted and reworked to fit in with accepted Greek or Biblical genealogy.
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