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Exploring the Myths, Folklore and Legends of the pre-eminent Celtic Hag Goddess|
VISIONS of the Cailleach - The British Celtic Hag Goddess of the Land
Author: Sorita d'Este & David Rankine [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Category: Celtic Mythology, Goddess, Witchcraft, L Level: Intermediate
PB, RRP £9.99, 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-905297-24-5
First published by Avalonia, 2009
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.
See our website Avalonia Books @ www.avaloniabooks.co.uk for more information on this wonderful new book!
Table of Contents:
Origins Set in Stone
The European Origins of the Cailleach
From Spain to Ireland
A Maltese Origin?
The Irish Manuscripts
Goddess or Spirit?
The Different Names of the Cailleach
The Possibility of a Priestess Cult
1. The Cailleach in Scotland
2. The Cailleach in Ireland
3. The Cailleach in England
4. The Cailleach in Wales
5. The Cailleach on the Isle of Man
6. The Cailleach in Jersey
7. The Cailleach in Brittany
8. The Cailleach in Norway
1. Predicting the Weather
2. The Cailleach in the Carmina Gadelica
3. Summoning the Water
Crone of Winter
1. Winter Customs
2. The Cailleach and Bride
3. The Woman of the Mist
1. The Cally-Berry
2. The Cold May-day Monday
3. The Cailleach Bhéarthach and the Walker
4. The Cailleach Béarra’s Box
5. Never Ask A Woman Her Age
Lady of the Beasts
1. The Lucky Poachers
2. The Cailleach and the Stupid Deer
3. The Cailleach’s Song
4. The Story of Mongan
5. The Old Woman Outwits the Devil
6. The Cailleach Ends the Viking Age
7. The mark left by Cailleach Béarra
1. The Cailleach Bheur and Loch Bà (I)
2. The Cailleach Bheur and Loch Bà (II)
3. Thomas the Rhymer
Bestower of Sovereignty
1. Princess Beara
2. Niall of the Nine Hostages
3. The Adventure of Daire’s Sons
4. The Daughter of the King under the Waves
Seer & Foreteller of Doom
1. The Caillagh ny Gueshag
2. The Golden Apples of Lough-Erne
3. Foreteller of Doom
1. The Gyre Carling
2. The Cailleach of Gleann na mBiorach and the Black Bull
3. The Cailleach Bhéarthach and Donnchadh Mór Mac Mánais
4. The Cailleach Mhore of Cilbrick
5. The Heron of Lock a-na-Cailleach
Possible Cailleach derivatives
1. Black Annis
3. Juan White
4. Mala Lia
7. St Bronagh
See our website - Avalonia Books @ www.avaloniabooks.co.uk for more information on this exciting project!
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