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    Studying Celtic virtues

    I know there's no set list of "virtues" for Celtic paths like there are in some Norse traditions, but if you were going to study virtues important to Celtic peoples, particularly in Ireland (I've seen some on the web listed, such as honor, hospitality, honesty, etc.) what myths and books would you read?

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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Celtic Myth and Magick by Edain McCoy. But I highly suggest almost anything Edain McCoy.
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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Celtic Heritage by Alwyn and Brinley Ress, may also be helpful as well.
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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    I've read Celtic Myth and Magick, and some of it was alright, but I'm looking more for primary sources, myths, and scholarly writing. I will look up Celtic Heritage.

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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm

    has a number of public domain works to take a look at. I've got two warnings regarding it.

    1) It's mostly late 19th and early 20th century works so some of it may be generally discredited by more modern historians

    2) A lot of work from that time period can make for very dry reading
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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Personally I'd suggest any and all of the Irish saga's from the Invasion Stories and such, ie Cattle raid of Cooley for instance. Anything else is pretty much what other's are telling you they are supposed to mean and influence you. http://adminstaff.vassar.edu/sttaylor/Cooley/

    As far as McCoy goes i'd say if its a choice of Edain's work or nothing, go with nothing.
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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Quote Originally Posted by witchyhomestead View Post
    I've read Celtic Myth and Magick, and some of it was alright, but I'm looking more for primary sources, myths, and scholarly writing. I will look up Celtic Heritage.
    Then I would look for books by Anne Ross and Miranda Green perhaps. Definitely not fluffy, but 20th century (and 21st too¬!) and with an academic basis. Just search for them as authors and see what takes your fancy. And do listen to Monsno_Leedra about McCoy.
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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Uh I'd hesitate to advocate Edain McCoy (sorry but Witta made me doubt every thing she writes). I'd suggest starting here: http://www.paganachd.com/faq/ethics.html

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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    That was kind of my reaction to McCoy...I didn't want to be rude lol. I've read the Cattle Raid of Cooley. I will check out those other sources. Thanks!

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    Re: Studying Celtic virtues

    Most of McCoy's stuff angers me. However I do like her list of deities.
    "If you want to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." -- Sirius Black

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