Category Archives: Celtic

Reaching Across the Aisle

The Acts of Simon Magus in the First Century AD: A Search in Secret Egypt, by Glendenning Cram – I read a review copy of this after the author commented on my blog post on Simon Magus, and announced that … Continue reading

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Strange Women Lying in Ponds Distributing Swords

While the Lady of the Lake is an important figure in the Arthurian mythos, there doesn’t appear to be much agreement about various aspects of the character, including her name and how many of her there actually were. At various … Continue reading

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Many Monsters

I recently finished reading the book Monster, by A. Lee Martinez, which includes a lot of different mythological monsters. Some are quite familiar, like the sphinx and the hydra, while others are rather more obscure. I’m going to look at … Continue reading

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I Left My Soul in San Francisco

Weird Al: The Book, by Nathan Rabin with Al Yankovic – Weird Al has been highly influential on my tastes in both music and humor, so it’s a shame there hadn’t been a book about him. Well, actually, there was … Continue reading

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Dagda Nabbit!

Marvel Comics’ Thor series has incorporated gods from pantheons other than the Norse, although the degree to which they adhere to the original mythology varies quite a bit. The writers have added some of their own deities to the mix, … Continue reading

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All the Girls Love Annis

Sometimes I feel like I should save posts on wicked witches until October, but I’ll probably forget before then. So here’s Black Annis, the local witch of the Dane Hills in Leicestershire, England. While descriptions vary somewhat, she’s often described … Continue reading

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The Other Leading Bran

Today I’d like to take a look at one of the mythical Kings of Britain, the giant Bran Fendigaid, or Bran the Blessed. His name can mean “raven” or “crow,” and he was large enough to wade through seas. Exactly … Continue reading

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