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Visions of the Cailleach: Exploring the Myths, Folklore and Legends of the pre-eminent Celtic Hag Goddess by [d'Este, Sorita, Rankine, David]
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Visions of the Cailleach: Exploring the Myths, Folklore and Legends of the pre-eminent Celtic Hag Goddess Kindle Edition

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Standing astride the British landscape, looms the giant blue form of the Cailleach. Whether she is seen as a benevolent earth-shaping giantess, harsh winter hag goddess, shape-shifting crone, guardian of sacred wells and animals, or ancient bestower of sovereignty; the Cailleach appears in many roles and manifestations in myths and legends across the British Isles.

Tracking the Cailleach across thousands of years through folklore, literature and place names, the authors have uncovered startling references which hint at a hidden priestess cult worshipping the Cailleach from ancient times through into the twentieth century. By exploring her myths and legends, they demonstrate the hugely significant role of the Cailleach in the early history of the British Isles.

The demonization of the Cailleach through the Middle Ages by the Christian Church paralleled that of women and witches, and is reflected in various other supernatural hag figures possibly derived from her and discussed in detail, such as Black Annis, Gyre Carling, Mia Lia, Nicneven and the Old Woman of the Mountain.

Looking beyond the veil of the sacred landscape, the vision of the Cailleach confronts the seeker, in hills and rocks, lakes and wells, burial chambers and stormy skies. Now finally the primal elemental power of the Cailleach is revealed in her full glory, in the tales and places of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man; as well as in traces of her presence in England, Wales, Jersey, Brittany, Spain and Norway.

This unique and ground-breaking work brings together for the first time the wealth of folklore, stories and legends regarding this most significant of British supernatural figures, whose myths and wisdom are as relevant today as they have ever been.

"The Cailleach is the British Celtic hag goddess who shaped the land by moving the rocks and rivers. She is also a weather goddess who rules the months of Winter and shape-shifts into animal form. This crone goddess features heavily in the folklore of Scotland and Ireland, and the authors bring together tales from these countries and many others to form a unique and definitive study."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (Jan. 2 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SPPG0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Visions of the crone as a wise and all powerful superwoman myth. I could see why the druids would've been jealous. One of the few books that make you feel proud to be a woman and to have lived on this earth and been a part of nature. Here is a mythic legend worthy of worship by all.
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A good basic overview for the novice Celtic tradition. Well researched. I would have hoped for something a little more in depth and beyond an introductory level.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Jan. 28 2017
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This is a decent place to find sources for stories on the Cailleach. The priestess cult element is weird and seems like a major stretch, but the stories are documented well, and there is decent research on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crone Stories Sept. 9 2013
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I appreciate this compilation of lore from several centers of Celtic culture. The book provides essential information for personal exploration of th Crone for women on their own menopausal adventurer in power and Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it March 6 2014
By Brandon Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
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I just heard about the Cailleach this year and found this book very informative and very easy to read, a valuable source for a important figure in celtic myth that is not so well known
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource April 29 2015
By Stephen Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Well done but a little disorganized in its presentation. A wonderful resource about this folkloric character, nevertheless, and an interesting collection of tales.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Aug. 4 2015
By A. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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a little dry

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