Celtic Pagan Religion

The pre-Christian Celtic gods - the Dagda, kindly lord of the sun, Danu, goddess of wealth, the divine race of the Tuatha De Danaan - and the old pagan feasts such as Samhain and Lughnasa were not only central to Irish life at the coming of Saint Patrick, but have continued in folk legend and practice even to the present day. Pagan Celtic religion, its druid priests and practices - including human sacrifice - are at the heart of the story told in the 'Dubh Linn', 'Tara' and 'Patrick' chapters of the first book of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel and never showed it to the world. It was only after her mother’s death some twenty-eight years later, when she was sorting through old papers with her sisters, that she found the manuscript in a drawer. After the manuscript found its way to publishers, the book – The Young Visiters – came out in 1919, (yes, that is how the title was spelled) to great acclaim. After the book went into several editions, Daisy bought a farm with her earnings, commenting, “I like fresh air and royalty cheques”.




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