The Great Myths: Celtic

The Great Myths #8: The Dream of Óengus (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

In beginning a new series of Great Myths, now delving into Celtic mythology, I read the short but representative story, "The Dream of Óengus" (Aisling Óenguso). I also discuss how many aspects of the story serve as a nice introduction to the larger stories I will talk about and read from in future episodes. The translation of "The Dream of Óengus" that I use comes from Jeffrey Gantz's wonderful book, Early Irish Myths & Sagas. For anyone entering into these stories, I will also never stop recommending James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. It is one of the great reference books. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Greath Myths #9: The Many Metamorphoses of the Pig Keepers (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

In this second episode on Celtic mythology, I read the story "The Quarrel of the Two Pig-keepers and how the Bulls were Begotten," from Thomas Kinsella's translation and selection from the great Irish epic, The Tain. The other books referred to in this episode are by James MacKillop: the Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology and Myths & Legends of the Celts.  Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #10: The Book of Invasions (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

In this third episode on Celtic mythology, I read a summary of the Lebor Gabála Érenn, otherwise known as the Book of Invasions, or The Book of the Taking of Ireland. I also discuss why, with some of this mythological and folkloric material, reading a summary and not the original is preferable.   The summary I read comes from James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. The 5-volume English translation of the entire Lebor Gabála Érenn (published by the Irish Texts Society) can be purchased in hardcover here; however, each volume is now available for download as .pdfs, here.  Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #11: How Cuchulainn Got His Name Human Voices Wake Us

In this fourth episode on Celtic mythology, I read the story of how the great Irish hero, Cúchulainn, got his name.  The text of the story is taken from Thomas Kinsella's translation of The Táin. I also read a passage about Cúchulainn from James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or  other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #12: Queen Medb of Connacht Human Voices Wake Us

In this fifth episode on Celtic mythology, I read the famous "pillow talk" between Queen Medb and King Ailill of Connacht. Their dispute over who owns more riches, land, and animals leads to the start of the famous Táin Bó Cúailnge/Cattle Raid of Cooley. The text of the story is taken from Thomas Kinsella's translation of The Táin. I also read a passage about Medb from James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or  other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #13: Oisin in the Otherworld Human Voices Wake Us

In this sixth episode on Celtic mythology, I read the famous story of the wanderings of Oisin/Oisín in the Irish Otherworld, the Tir na nÓg. As usual, I make use of from James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. The two versions of the story I read from can be found in James MacKillop's Myths & Legends of the Celts and Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. For W. B. Yeats's 1888 narrative poem, The Wanderings of Oisin, check out Wikipedia. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or  other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #14: The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

In this seventh episode on Celtic mythology, I review one of the greatest surviving stories in the tradition, Togail Bruidne Dá Derga, or The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel. Since it is also a fairly long story, I only share two small sections from the story itself: a piece from the beginning, and from the story's conclusion. You can read more about it here, or in the sources listed below. The translation I use here is by Jeffrey Gantz, in his indispensable book, Early Irish Myths & Sagas. As usual, I also make of from James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, and his Myths & Legends of the Celts. For W. B. Yeats's 1888 narrative poem, The Wanderings of Oisin, check out Wikipedia. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or  other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #15: The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

A reading from great Irish love story, The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne (Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne), versions of which go back at least to the tenth century, details of which inspired the later Romance of Tristan and Isolt. The literary version read from here dates to 1651.  The text I read from is the translation by Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, was published as volume 48 in the Irish Texts Society, Main Series. The text of other translations can be found here. A summary is on Wiki here. My essay on the boar can be found here. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #16: The Story of Taliesin (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of the Welsh story about the poet and seer, Taliesin, as found in the mid-sixteenth century Hanes Taliesin. The translation I use comes from Patrick K. Ford's The Mabinogi & Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #17: Tales of the Elders of Ireland (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of selections from The Tales of the Elders of Ireland (Acallam na Senórach). The translation I read from is that of Ann Dooley and Harry Roe. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #18: Celtic Myth and Scholarship Human Voices Wake Us

Tonight we get back to the Celtic myths, and take a detour from the stories themselves and into what the most recent scholarship has to say about them. The book I read from is Mark Williams’s Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth. Previous episodes on Celtic Myth can be found here: https://wordandsilence.com/2022/03/23/the-great-myths-17-tales-of-the-elders-of-ireland-podcast/ Consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Great Myths #19: Farewell to the Celtic Myths, & One Last Story Human Voices Wake Us

Tonight we leave the Celtic myths with an overview of The Great Myths #8-18 (which can be listened to here), and then read one final story, of Cuchulainn’s fight with Ferdiad, from Thomas Kinsella’s translation of the Táin bo Cúailnge.  The translations I have read from or referenced in these episodes include: Jeffrey Gantz, Early Irish Myths & Sagasand The Mabinogion; Thomas Kinsella, The Táin; Patrick Ford, The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales; Ann Dooley & Harry Roe, Tales of the Elders of Ireland; Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne; Kenneth Jackson, A Celtic Miscellany. The nonfiction books I’ve relied on include: James MacKillop, Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology; Mark Williams, Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth; and the book/documentary series that got me started on it way back when: Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton’s In Search of Ancient Ireland. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. Please consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The translations I have read from or referenced in these episodes include:

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