A world-renowned Celtic historian restores the classic Irish epics to their original sacred context.
• Restores the true Celtic morality and sentiment to these tales, which were expurgated by Christian monks.
• Reveals how deeply these mythic tales have shaped modern sensibility.
• Shows how the ancient Celtic tradition provides answers to contemporary spiritual needs.
Some of the most powerfully moving tales in Western literature are to be found in the epics of Celtic Ireland. Heroes and heroines like Finn Mac Cool, Grainne, and Cuchulainn are now familiar names, and their exploits have even been novelized for the contemporary reader. But the value of these stories extends far beyond mere entertainment. In Celtic myth the adventure of a hero and a warrior is not only an instinctive search for answers to the great human metaphysical problems, but also a palpable, even sensual experience. The dividing line between sacred and profane is forever shifting in ways that can be shocking, if not incomprehensible, to a person accustomed to the logical systems based on classical thought.