Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird discusses various aspects of Celtic myth and culture, with a particular focus on Welsh and Irish source texts.
64. The Ancient Celtic Horse Goddess?
15:00What do we mean when we say that Celtic goddesses like Rhiannon and Macha are medieval variations of an older, original horse goddess? What are we missing out in that apparently simple statement? Courses on Celtic myth and folklore: https://celticsource.online/courses-page
63. The Blessings of the Táin
15:58The Táin Bó Cuailnge, often simply called the Táin, is one of the most important Irish myths, and perhaps even one of the most important in Europe, with some claiming that it’s the earliest surviving epic in Western vernacular literature. You can sign up for the course here: https://celticsource.online/courses/the-tain/
61. Myth Mountain: Why Myth and Why Mountain?
46:17This is a new podcast my wife and I will be making over the next few months. If you want to hear more, please search for the Myth Mountain podcast on your favourite platform and subscribe. You can find us on Spotify here. This podcast explores many of the ideas behind the Myth Mountain programme that you can find here. "Join Lucy and Gwilym as they unpack why we are compelled by myths, what role they play in enriching our lives, why we are drawn to the myths of our ancestral lands and how this gives us a sense of the sacred. Sharing personal stories and their experience of being in the wild, vision quest and connection to place."
59. Is Taliesin a god?
32:18The answer may not be what you think . . . I also respond to a question about the apparent difference between myth and folklore. This is an edited version of a talk I gave for Druids Down Under. You can still buy the book here: https://celticsource.online/product/taliesin-origins-signed-paperback/
57. Taliesin Origins - An Introduction
30:32There's not many folks who end up in my line of work, and I often reflect on how I've ended up here, why I'm still following the path of Celtic myth. It all began with Taliesin, and I have a very distinct set of memories from my youth about those first tentative steps. This is a recorded version of the introduction to the new book (and now course), Taliesin Origins. https://celticsource.online/product/taliesin-origins-signed-paperback/