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Celtic Myth

The Ancient Celtic Festival of Lughnasadh

by Erin on August 1, 2012

Lughnasadh is a festival celebrated August 1st. It was traditionally held in honor of both the sun god Lugh and the harvest.
It is one of the four major Celtic festivals celebrated in Ireland, along with Beltane, Imbolc, and Samhain.

Today, it seemed appropriate to include some relatively timely information about one of the four major Celtic festivals. May 1st is the traditional day on which Beltane (or Beltaine) is celebrated. Beltane takes its name from Bel or Bile, who was a god of both life and death in Celtic mythology. The ancient Romans, in [...]

Mything Words - Avalon

by Erin on May 2, 2012

If you are familiar with Arthurian legend, then you may have heard references to a mythical place called Avalon in the stories of King Arthur and his knights.
Avalon is a term for the Otherworld in Celtic mythology. It is also known by other, more poetic phrases, including “The Summer Land” and the “Land of the [...]

Ancient Celtic Festivals

by Erin on April 12, 2012

Please note that these versions of Celtic festivals were celebrated in primarily in Ireland. In addition, there are many variations on the spellings of the following names.
Beltane | Beltane is a festival that took place on May 1st. It is associated with fertility, and participants traditionally danced around fires.
Imbolc | The Celtic festival of [...]

The Legend of How Ireland Got Its Name

by Erin on March 17, 2012

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would feature a tale from Celtic legend. It’s the story of how Ireland got its name. You see, the Irish call their home Éire. This name was given by a goddess. Indeed, Éire (or Ériu) was part of a trio of goddesses, along with her sisters [...]

Mythology - The City of Ys

by Erin on December 21, 2011

Ys is the name of a mythical city in Celtic legend. Indeed, Ys, or Is as it is sometimes spelled, originated in Breton myth specifically.
My introduction to the legendary lost city came from a book. Or rather a novel, to be precise. Possession by A. S. Byatt. It was in the context of a discussion [...]

Celtic Mythology

by Erin on January 5, 2009

Learn about Celtic mythology and art, with recommended books and resources.

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