Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adders Snakes and Druids

Adders Snakes and Druids:
Adders Snakes and Druids:

You will hear (read) at times me and other Druids refer to themselves or ancient Druids as Adders (a kind of Snake).

There are many references to Snakes and old Celtic Gods and Goddesses, also Druids having a special relationship with them. I will only go into one here that I often use. As it seems many Neo Druids still have the Christian phobia of snakes even as they walk the Druid's Woods.

>> Ref 1 In a poem of Taliessin, translated by Davies, in his Appendix No. 6, is the following enumeration of a Druid's

"I am a Druid; I am an architect; I am a prophet; I am a serpent" (Gnadr).From the word "Gnadr" is derived "adder," the name of a species of snake. Gnadr was probably pronounced like "adder" with a nasal aspirate.

 “Ophiolatreia” is a interesting read and has a section on Druids and their special relationships to snakes.

“Ophiolatreia”The Rites and mysteries connected with the origin, rise, and development of serpent worship in various parts of the world, enriched with interesting traditions, and a full description of the celebrated serpent mounds & temples, the whole forming an exposition of one of the phases of phallic, or sex worship.|By (Anonymous) [1889]

Here is a free Download link to it!http://archive.org/details/ophiolatreiaacco00nppr

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The "Beyond Weird" Celtic Books and Tales List

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 Legends and Sagas  England Ireland  Wales  Scotland  Brittany  Manx  Fairies  General  Links Some of these books and texts are translations of Celtic legends and sagas; others are retellings of the material, folklore, or literary works based on Celtic themes. During the 19th and early 20th Century there was a resurgence of interest in the folklore of Ireland, Wales and Scotland. This was reflected in a huge amount of literature based on the rich Celtic mythopoetic heritage, most of it very faithful to the original material, some in a more modern voice.A good number of these files were originally scanned by Phillip Brown for his (now defunct) Celtic Folklore website. These are indicated by [PB].Celtic Midi files Music to listen to while you read Celtic folklore.IrelandThe Voyage of Branby Meyer Kuno [1895]Old Irish saga of a voyage to the pagan Celtic otherworld, with parallel English and Gaelic. The Second Battle of Mag Tuired (Cath Maige Tuired) This Irish saga, first written down in the ninth Century A.D. is an account of the epic battle between the mythical Tuatha De Danann and Fomoire for Ireland. It has deep roots in Indo-European mythology, told with Homeric grace and bawdy humor. There are many allusions to ancient pre-Christian Celtic traditions. The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúailnge) The Cattle-Raid of Cooley is the central epic of the Ulster cycle. It tells of the great Irish hero, Cuchulain of Ulster, and his battle against the forces of Queen Medb of Connaught. The Destruction of Dá Derga's HostelTranslated by Whitely Stokes [1910] Heroic Romances of Ireland (2 Vols.). by A. H. Leahy [1905-6]Includes the Courtship of Etain, the Boar of Mac Datho, the Sickbed of Cuchulain, and the five "Tains" or Cattle-Forays, including the bizarre Tain bo Regamna, The Apparition of The Great Queen to Cuchulain. This etext has been submitted to Project Gutenberg.Lady Augusta Gregory was a close collaborator with W.B. Yeats, the Irish poet and mystic. These three books are her retellings of Irish mythology and folklore, and are among the best of the genre. Cuchulain of Muirthemne by Lady Gregory [1902] [PB] Gods and Fighting Men by Lady Gregory [1904] [PB] A Book of Saints and Wonders by Lady Gregory [1906] [PB] Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland by Lady Gregory [1920] [PB] Yeats IndexFairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry    Edited and Selected by W. B. Yeats [1888] The Celtic Twilight by W.B. Yeats [1893 and 1902]   This short book of essays by Yeats is a must-read. In The Seven Woods by W. B. Yeats [1903]   This is a short book of poetry and a play by Yeats on Irish mythological themes. Later Poems by W. B. Yeats [1922]   Some of Yeats' best known poetry. Legends and Stories of Ireland by Samuel Lover [1831, 1834] [PB]   An early 19th century collection of comic Irish short stories. The Irish Sketch-book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845] [PB]   A travelogue of Ireland of the 1840s, not much in the way of folklore, but good background information. Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde [1887] [PB]   A volumnious collection of Irish folklore, including folk magic, not all of it authoritative. Myths and Folklore of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin [1890] [PB] Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts by Patrick Kennedy [1891] [PB]   A huge collection of Irish folklore and legends, up through Christian times. The Aran Islands by John M. Synge [1907] [PB]   A travelogue of the Aran Islands with beautiful woodcut illustrations. Celtic Wonder Tales by Ella Young [1910] [PB] Beside the Fire by Douglas Hyde [1910] [PB]   A scholarly collection of Irish folk stories. The Preface of this book reviews many of the books included on this page. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens [1912] [PB]   This is a novel based on Irish folklore. In Wicklow and West Kerry by John M. Synge [1912] [PB]   A travelogue of rural Ireland at the turn of the 19th Century The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum [1916] [PB] The Druid Path by Marah Ellis Ryan [1917]   This is a collection of short stories set in ancient and modern Ireland by an American author. The Candle of Vision by AE (George William Russell) [1918]Essays on Celtic mysticism. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens [1920] [PB] WalesThe Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest, tr. [1877]   The Mabinogion is a group of Welsh tales from the Red Book of Hergest, a 14th Century manuscript maintained at Jesus College, Oxford. The Four Ancient Books of Walesby William F. Skene [1868]This is the only available translation of the complete corpus of Welsh Bardic poetry. Prolegomena to the Study of Old Welsh Poetryby Edward Anwyl [1903] The Gododdin Poems   from The Four Ancient Books of Wales by William F. Skene [1868] British Goblins by Wirt Sikes [1881] [PB]   Despite the title, this book is actually a study of Welsh fairy folklore. The Welsh Fairy Book by W. Jenkyn Thomas [1907] [PB]   A collection of Welsh legends and folktales for young readers. Celtic Folklore: Welsh and Manx By John Rhys [1900] [PB] The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. I [1862]The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. II [1874]J. Williams Ab Ithel (editor) Vol. I [1862]A visionary reconstruction of the Druidic and Bardic tradition, which had a huge influence on the modern Celtic and neo-Pagan revival. Or a notorious forgery, you decide...ScotlandCarmina Gadelica, Volume ICarmina Gadelica, Volume IIby Alexander Carmicheal [1900].Prayers, invocations, blessings and charms, in English and Gaelic, from the Western Isles of Scotland. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child [1882-1898].This is the motherlode of ballad collections, including many variations on each ballad. Popular Tales of the West Highlands by J. F. Campbell. [1890]This is a four-volume comprehensive sourcebook of Scottish folklore. The Poems of Ossian by James Macpherson [1773] Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales by Sir George Douglas [1773] Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend by Donald Alexander Mackenzie [1917] Notes on the Folk-Lore of the North-East of Scotland by Walter Gregor [1881] BrittanyLegends and Romances of Brittany by Lewis Spence [1917]Folk Tales of Brittany by Elsie Masson [1929, Copyright not renewed]ManxThe Phynodderree and Other Legends of the Isle of Man by Edward Callow [1882] The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man by A.W. Moore [1891] Traces of the Norse Mythology in the Isle of Man by P.M.C. Kermode [1904] Celtic FairiesThese are texts and studies about Celtic fairies, elves, and other supernatural creatures (as opposed to fairytales, which are a different matter altogether). Some of the books listed here are listed elsewhere on this page.The Secret Common-Wealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies By Robert Kirk, 'Comment' by Andrew Lang [1893]   This monograph, originally written in 1691, is a classic of Scottish fairy folklore, and this etext was scanned from a very rare first printing of the Lang edition. Fairy Legends and Traditions by Thomas Crofton Croker [1825] [PB] A Peep at the Pixies by Anna Eliza Bray; Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne [1854]. [PB] The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley [1870]. [PB] British Goblins by Wirt Sikes [1881] [PB]   Despite the title, this book is actually a study of Welsh fairy folklore. The Phynodderree and Other Legends of the Isle of Man by Edward Callow [1882] Tales of the Dartmoor Pixies by William Crossing [1890]. [PB] The Science of Fairy Tales by Edwin Sidney Hartland [1891]. [PB] Tales of Fairies and of the Ghost World by Jeremiah Curtin [1895] [PB] The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz [1911] [PB]   This is a serious study of Fairy folklore and mythology, with an ethnographic approach. This was the first book by Evans-Wentz, who later went on to translate many of the books of Tibetean Buddhism. Fairies by Gertrude M. Faulding [1913]. [PB] The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]A study of the famous Cottingley fairy photographs, by the creator of Sherlock Holmes. General StudiesCeltic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire [1905]A comprehensive treatment of Irish, Welsh, and British mythology, from the ancient pagan pantheons up to the Arthurian legends. The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J. A. MacCulloch [1911] Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs [1892] [PB] More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs [1894] [PB] Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race by Thomas Rolleston [1911] [PB] On the Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867] [PB] A Book of Folklore by Sabine Baring-Gould [1913] [PB] Tom Tit Tot, An Essay on Savage Philosophy in Folk-Tale by Edward Clodd [1898] [PB] 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Internet Sacred Text Archive

The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.

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>>The sole purpose of this website is to provide the largest on-line library of ancient texts in the world. This includes, but is not limited to, religious, metaphysical, mythological, philosophical, and historical texts.
Currently, there are many websites on the web that contain specialized ancient texts such as www.sacred-texts.com . It is my dream that these texts, which are in the public domain, can all be brought together in one place so you, the reader, can easily get the material you're seeking. It is a massive undertaking, one that will undoubtedly take many years to complete. Besides compiling what's readily available, there is still much work to be done in translating and transcribing those texts which are still housed in libraries such as the S.Liddell MacGregor Matthews library, and L'Arsenal de Bibliotheque in Paris, France. We hope to be able to send a team of translators to such places to continue the work, there.

We have several hundred texts and documents waiting to be coded. There's just a smattering of texts, online, at the moment, (about 2,000). Many of these texts have been transcribed, scanned, and formatted by www.sacred-texts.com as well as many others whose links you will find at the tops of various pages. I am extremely thankful that these people have been kind enough to present their work to the public for non-commercial use, and to those who have allowed us to use their copyrighted material. If you would like to contribute e-texts to us, or have comments about the site, please write to us at texts@ancienttexts.org.<<

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Table of Contents

Also see:The Latin Library Over 2000 texts in Latin.

Adapa and the Food of Life
The Adventures of Art son of Conn
The Adventure of the Churlish Clown in the Grey-Drab Coat
The Adventures of Connla
The Adventures of Nera, or, the Cattle-Raid of Angen
The Adventures of the Sons of Eochaid Mugmedon
Alcibiades 1
Arthur and the Eagle
Ath Cliath Cualann: Dublin
The Auguries of the Year

The Battle of Cen Abrad
The Battle of Magh Mucrama
The Battle of the Trees
The Beheading of John the Baptist by Mogh Ruith
Bend Boirche
Bile Tortan
Bhagavad Gita
The Birth of Aedh Slaine
The Birth of Conchobhar
The Birth of Cormac, Version 2
The Birth of Cú Chulainn
The Black Book of Carmarthen
Boand: the Boyne River
The Book of Aneurin
The Book of Enoch
The Book of Invasions: Irish Texts Society
The Book of Taliesin
The Book of Invasions: The Book of Leinster Version
The Boyhood Deeds of CuChulainn (Hull,Eleanor,Standish Hayes O' Grady trans.,The Cuchullin Saga,(London 1898),pp.135-154.)
The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulainn (Tom Cross and Harris Slover. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1996. reprint.)
The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn
The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn
Branwen Daughter of Llyr
Brugh na Bóinne: Newgrange

Carn Mail
The Cattle-Raid of Fraech
The Cattle-Raid of Regamna
The Cattle-Raid of Regamon
The Cause of the Battle of Cnucha
The Code of Hammurabi
Cnogba: Knowth
The Colloquy of the Two Sages
Corpus Hermetica
Crith Gabhlach: An Early Legal Poem
Culhwch and Olwen

The Death of Celtchar
The Death of Conchobar
The Death of Cormac mac Airt
The Death of Cuchulain
The Death of Crimthann
The Death of Cynddylan
The Death of Dermot
The Death of Drudwas
The Death of Fionn
The Death of Maelgwn Gwynedd,
The Death of Muircertach mac Erca
The Death of Niall of the Nine Hostages
The Debility of the Ulstermen
The Descent of Ishtar Into the Lower World
The Descent of the Men of the North
The Destruction of Dind Rig
The Disappearance of Caenchomrac
The Dream of Maxen
The Dream of Oengus
The Dream of Rhonabwy
The Driving of Flidais' Cattle
The Drowning of the Bottom Hundred
Dubad: Dowth

Egyptian Book of the Dead(The Book of Coming Forth)
Emerald Tablet
The Enchanted Cave of Keshcorran
The Enumeration of Finn's People
Eo Rossa, Eo Mugna
Epic of Gilgamesh
The Executioner of John the Baptist

The Fairy-Palace of the Rowan Trees
The Fate of the Children of Lir
The Fate of the Children of Turenn
Finn and the Man in the Tree
The Five Munsters
The Fosterage of the House of Two Milk-pails
The Frenzy of Conn

Gereint and Enid
Grianan an Aileach

The Heroic Birth of Cormac, Version 1
The Hiding of the Hill of Howth
How Finn Found Knowledge
How Ronan Slew His Son
The Hills of Tlachtga
The History of Taliesin
The History of Peredur

The Instructions of King Cormac

The Juvencus Englynion

King March's Ears
King Urien and Modron

Laeghaire mac Crimthann’s visit to the fairy realm
Lebor Gabala Errin(Book of Invasions)Lesser Hippias
The Life of St. Kieran
The Little Brawl at the Hill of Almhain
Lludd and Lleuelys

Magh Sleacht: The Plain of Adoration, or, Cromh Cruach
Melwas and Gwenhyvar Version One
Melwas and Gwenhyfer Version Two
Manawyddan son of Llyr
Math son of Mathonwy
Mide Myrddin Wyllt

The North Britain Triads
Nynniaw and Peibaw

The Ode of the Months
The Ogham Tract from the Leabhar Baile an Mhota The Tract on the Kingship of Ireland
Cormac's Glossary
The Fitness of Names
On the Loss of a Pet GooseThe Heavy Hosting of Guaire
Owain, or, the Lady of the Fountain

The Panegyric of Cormac mac Airt and the Death of Finn
The Peniarth 54 Triads The Phantom Chariot of Cú Chulainn
The Phantom's Frenzy, or, the Vision of Conn the Hundred-Fighter
Pwyll Lord of Dyfed

The Quarrel of Arthur and Huail, and the Death of Huail ap Caw
The Quarrel of Rhun ap Maelgwn and Elidir Mwynfawr
The Questions of Catwg the Wise

The Raid for Dartaid's Cattle
Rath Crinna
Rath Mor of Mag Line The Red Book of Hergest (including Guest's Mabinogion, the Triads, and poetry)
The Red Book of Hergest Triads Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
The Rule of Cormac mac Culennan

The Second Battle of Magh Turedh
Sephir Yetzirah
The Settling of the Manor of Tara
The Seven Evils
The Shadow-House of Lugh (poem)
Sinend: the Shannon River
The Shepherd of Myddfai
St. Collen and Gwyn ap Nudd
The Stanza on Mabon ap Modron's Grave
The Stanza on Merlin's Grave
The Stanzas of Wise Sayings
The Story of Aedh Baclamh

Tailtiu: The Fair of Teltown
The Tale of Liban the Mermaid and the Death of Eochaid
The Tale of the Ordeals: Cormac's Adventures in the Land of PromiseTales of Mongan
Temhair: Tara Hill
The Testament of Morann
The Three Drinking-horns of Cormac ua Cuinn
The Tidings of Conchobar son of Ness
The Tidings of Moshaulum
Tonn Clinda
The Tragic Death of Connla, or, the Death of Aoife's Only Son
The Tragic Death of Cu Roi mac Dairi
The Tragic Death of Fergus mac Leide
Treatise on the Emerald Tablet
Trystan and Esyllt
The Twenty-Four Knights of King Arthur's
Two Poems of Columbcille


The Voyage of Bran mac Febral;

The Wooing of Becfola
The Wooing of Emer
The Wooing of Etain

The Yew Tree of the Disputing Sons
and the Decision as to Cuchulain's Sword