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Mabinogi

a 19 week online course with Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird

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.

The Four Branches are set in a past where the Welsh aristocracy still claim the Crown of Britain, and consider the whole island to be their sovereign territory. They speak of a time where the Romans, never mind the Saxons, are yet to arrive in Britain. Historically speaking, this would have been about 2000 years ago.

The general approach on this course is to read The Four Branches as teaching tales for the young nobility of medieval Wales. We will consider how this ancient Celtic mythology was used by storytellers, and ask what the tales could mean, because, as Pwyll himself declares in the first branch “There is some magical meaning there.”

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This course is made up of pre-recorded video lessons, detailed notes and translations, and 19 live Zoom calls, every Sunday starting 27 November at 8pm (UK Time) / 3pm (EST) / 12pm (PST).

The course chapters are:

Chapter 1: What are these stories for?
Chapter 2: The Welsh Bardic Tradition.
Chapter 3: The Magical Huntsman.
Chapter 4: Rhiannon.
Chapter 5: The Voyage To Annwfn.
Chapter 6: The War in Annwfn.
Chapter 7: The Young Fool.
Chapter 8: The Wise Hero.
Chapter 9: Plight of the Sacred Feminine.
Chapter 10: A Broken Myth.
Chapter 11: Culhwch and Olwen.
Chapter 12: Interlacing.
Chapter 13: Magical Speech.
Chapter 14: Liminal Identities.
Chapter 15: Bird People.
Chapter 16: Special Children.
Chapter 17: Hunting the Sacred.
Chapter 18: Further and Deeper.
Chapter 19: Ouroboros.

Membership also gives you access to all of the materials on the website, including 4 other video courses to follow at your own pace: The Taliesin Tradition, The Native Tales, The Three Romances and The Welsh Fair Folk.

The Mabinogi course is part of a two year programme of live calls available with the same regular monthly membership fee of £49 / $59 per month.

Winter / Spring 2022/23:

Mabinogi Parts 1, 2 and 3 (19 weeks)

The Native Tales of the Mabinogion (6 weeks)

Autumn / Spring 2023/24:

Tales of the Tuatha De Danann (10 weeks)

Tales from the Ulster Cycle (10 weeks)

Tales from the Fenian Cycle (10 weeks)

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