Online Class: Celtic Mythology 101
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!
Lesson 1: Celtic WorshipThere are things we know for certain about Celtic polytheism and mythology, and things upon which we can only speculate.
Lesson 2: The Celtic GodsWhen 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.
Lesson 3: The People of the Goddess DanuDanu 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".
Lesson 4: The Rennes DindshenchasThe Dindshenchas is one of two books of Celtic myths written down in Medieval times.
Lesson 5: The Lebor Gabala ErennThe Lebor Gabala Erenn is the second of the surviving texts we have that tried to record Celtic mythology for the ages.
Lesson 6: Art and IconographyAs 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.
Lesson 7: Celtic Mythology TodayCeltic mythology is somewhat unique in the western world, as it is in many cases still practiced.
Lesson 8: Celtic Mythology and the WorldClassical writers were influenced by the memories of the violent impact of the Celts on the Mediterranean world, especially, the invasions of Italy and Greece.
- 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.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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