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The Goddess of Sovereignty

A free 7 part course to follow at your own pace. The Goddess of Sovereignty is one of the most ancient archetypes found in the Celtic tradition. As well as embodying the abundance and prosperity of the land, she also has a strong connection to sacred wells, divine knowledge and horses. Figures such as RhiannonContinue reading “The Goddess of Sovereignty”

Taliesin Origins

This short course outlines the shape of the Taliesin myth and touches on its origins in the Welsh tradition. It also serves as an introduction to the longer Taliesin Tradition course, available with a paid membership to this website. Click on the chapter headings below to get started. Created by Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird. He completedContinue reading “Taliesin Origins”

The Taliesin Tradition (1)

The Taliesin mythology is one of Britain’s oldest surviving traditions. With its roots in the Celtic Iron Age it continues to flourish to this day as a central part of Welsh language culture, modern Druidry and Paganism. The main sources for this tradition include some of the oldest and most intriguing poems of the WelshContinue reading “The Taliesin Tradition (1)”

Ystoria Taliesin (2)

Ystoria Taliesin is the title given to the earliest complete version of Taliesin’s story to have survived. It was written down by Elis Gruffydd sometime in the 1540s and published as part of his epic ‘Cronicl’ of everything. Gruffydd’s version is a very intriguing record of Welsh folklore and contains many folk verses that have soContinue reading “Ystoria Taliesin (2)”

Mabinogi

The Four Branches of the Mabinogi is an old Welsh classic that was first written down about 900 years ago. It appears to be a collection of traditional tales that probably originated in the oral storytelling tradition of the early Welsh. But in truth, we don’t know much about their history, the only real certaintyContinue reading “Mabinogi”

Native Tales

The Native Tales of the Mabinogion, these being The Dream of the Emperor Maxen, Lludd and Llefelys, How Culhwch won Olwen and Rhonabwy’s Dream, are a mixture of oral and written, Arthurian and pseudo-historical tales that form a significant part of The Mabinogion. They span at least two centuries of written tradition and, as withContinue reading “Native Tales”

Three Romances

The Three Romances of the Mabinogion, Geraint, The Lady of the Well (or Owain) and Peredur, are three Arthurian tales that were copied down sometime in the 12th and 13th centuries. They are similar to the 12th century metrical romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Erec et Enide, Yvain and Perceval, written in Old French andContinue reading “Three Romances”

The Welsh Fair Folk

The Welsh Fair Folk are central to the folk beliefs and practices of Wales. In the Medieval period they were the Plant Annwfn (‘Children of Annwfn’), the Welsh otherworld, but later became Y Tylwyth Teg (‘Fair Folk’) of the modern period. But these supernatural people weren’t fairies in the modern sense of tiny, winged, tutuContinue reading “The Welsh Fair Folk”