- Taschenbuch: 236 Seiten
- Verlag: Columbia Pr (15. Juli 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1856074838
- ISBN-13: 978-1856074834
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 21,6 cm
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In this book, Sean O Duinn OSB, collects Celtic rites and rituals, describes them and shows their relevance at various stages in history and today. He also identifies the places and areas associated with particular customs and traditions.
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Those things said, this is a far more useful book for people looking for ritual ideas and the development of Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism than Séamas Ó Catháin's "The Festival of Brigit." There is a lot more folklore, including material in both Irish and Scots Gaelic, translated in almost all cases. There are no illustrations, which would improve some of its value for reference, but he does talk about where to find pictures of things in some cases. He describes the regional differences in rituals very well, and talks about the roles taken by men, women, and by children in different places.
There's a great deal here about the other festivals throughout the year, and how he feels they're connected to Brigid as a fertility/harvest Goddess of sorts. I do question some of his conclusions about the material, but he does such a fantastic job of describing folk ritual, including what the people say in many cases, that I'm willing to overlook quite a bit of differences in opinion. He draws some very interesting connections between Brigid and other deities, and his descriptions of the place of males in Brigid's rituals definitely lends credence to what some Pagan Brigid orders are doing in allowing men to tend the flame. Not only are there cross-dressing men involved in ritual and processionals, but masked men as well. Sometimes it's solely the duty of the men to play particular parts in ritual.
Ó Duinn also talks about the patterns at the holy wells, and talks about what he feels are the distinguishing features between Christian clerical themes and pre-Christian survivals in the rituals that take place there. He discusses pilgrimages, offerings, and other things that reconstructionists will want to know, and his tone is entirely non-judgmental.
Despite my slight misgivings, I'd give this book four and a half holy wells of five. It's a much more useful source for reconstructionists than the Ó Catháin, he's far better at showing how he gets from one point to another in his arguments, and his style is far more accessible. You'll want both books if you're a devotee of Brighid, but this is the one you'll go to for ritual ideas, trust me.