Celtic Mythology 101

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Celtic mythology is a world unlike any you've ever discovered before. It is a place where gods are both dead and alive, where a parallel world lies over top of the world you live in every day, filled with mystical beings that can contact you whenever they please. The Celtic world was one of covens of ancient Druids who spent their entire lives memorizing the totality of Celtic lore in order to pass the knowledge from generation to generation. It was a place of grand celebrations and bloody wars, all of which became anchored in the Celtic mythology.

This course will take you from the mysterious rites of the Druids to meetings between the great Julius Caesar and the land he could not conquer, and back again. By the end you will have an entirely different view of what religion or mythology can be, and has been in the past. Meet devious gods and oppressive kings, learn about mighty conquests and the unconquerable Tuatha Dé Danann.

You will also learn about how Celtic mythology has lived on in the role of globally celebrated holidays, inspiration for some of the world's and history's greatest writers, and in newly founded religions that seek to tap into the ancient wisdom of the Celts. Learning about the Celts and their mythology is truly learning something new--it's a world unlike anything you've learned about before!

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Celtic Worship

There are things we know for certain about Celtic polytheism and mythology, and things upon which we can only speculate. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Celtic Mythology
  • Take Poll: Celtic Mythology
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Celtic Worship
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Celtic Worship

Lesson 2: The Celtic Gods

When we are tackling a strange mythology, we seek instinctively an Olympus where the gods abide, an Erebus, kingdom of the dead, a hierarchy of gods, specialized as patrons of war, of the arts, or of love. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Gods and Goddesses
  • Complete Assignment: Choose a Celtic God
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The Celtic Gods

Lesson 3: The People of the Goddess Danu

Danu is the mother-goddess, and the namesake of the beings of the Otherworld. A common name for all the gods collectively is Tuatha De Danann, or "The People of the Goddess Danu". 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: The Celtic Otherworld
  • Complete Assignment: Goddess Danu
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: The People of the Goddess Danu

Lesson 4: The Rennes Dindshenchas

The Dindshenchas is one of two books of Celtic myths written down in Medieval times. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: The Prose Tales
  • Complete Assignment: The Dindshenchas
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: The Rennes Dendshenchas

Lesson 5: The Lebor Gabala Erenn

The Lebor Gabala Erenn is the second of the surviving texts we have that tried to record Celtic mythology for the ages. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Lebor Gabala Erenn; The Lebor Gabala Erren
  • Take Poll: Celtic Texts
  • Complete Assignment: Lebor Bagala Erenn
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: The Lebor Gabala Erenn

Lesson 6: Art and Iconography

As was stated earlier, there is not a great deal of literature that can be relied upon in a study of Celtic mythology. The key to expanding our understanding of this ancient culture, comes largely from archaeology. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Celtic Art
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Art and Iconography

Lesson 7: Celtic Mythology Today

Celtic mythology is somewhat unique in the western world, as it is in many cases still practiced. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Neo-Druidism
  • Take Poll: Worship
  • Complete Assignment: Celtic Mythology Today
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Celtic Mythology Today

Lesson 8: Celtic Mythology and the World

Classical writers were influenced by the memories of the violent impact of the Celts on the Mediterranean world, especially, the invasions of Italy and Greece. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Celtic Mythology and the World
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe Celtic worship.
  • Describe the Celtic gods.
  • Describe The People of the Goddess Danu.
  • Describe The Rennes Dindshenchas.
  • Describe The Lebor Gabala Erenn.
  • Summarize the art, iconography, and Celtic mythology today, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Celtic Mythology 101
Course Number: 8900138
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (780 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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