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The author of the book: Caitlín Matthews
ISBN 13: 9781852300753
Language: English
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Edition: Element Books
Date of issue: 1989
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Mi sono approcciata alla lettura di questo breve volume con l'intenzione di avere una panoramica generale, semplice e adatta ad una persona con poca conoscenza dell'argomento, di quella che era la storia, la spiritualità e la mitologia celtica. Se, da una parte, ho trovato qualche informazione interessante per una neofita, dall'altra ho trovato questa lettura perlopiù troppo complessa, assolutamente inadatta per iniziare ad esplorare il mondo celtico.
Il difetto principale è che l'impostazione del saggio è molto confusionaria. La struttura si basa su piccoli capitoli tematici, che partono con poche righe di spiegazione dell'argomento trattato, per poi immergersi in estratti di racconti e leggende, elenchi di nomi e avvenimenti che non vengono praticamente mai spiegati, con riferimenti che possono essere chiari solamente a chi ha già un'ottima padronanza del folklore di questa tradizione. Ogni capitoletto tratta un argomento diverso, di conseguenza la struttura, per quanto apparentemente voglia sembrare in qualche modo tematica, appare disorganica e difficile da mettere insieme.
Ci sono comunque diverse sezioni interessanti e alcuni accenni alla cultura celtica che mi hanno permesso di approfondire la mia conoscenza di questa popolazione, ma, essendo un libro breve e soprattutto a causa delle molte digressioni e inserzioni di porzioni di racconto, si tratta solamente di brevi nozioni, che non vengono esplorate più di tanto. Ho apprezzato, comunque, i riferimenti all'alfabeto e al suo utilizzo, alla mitologia degli alberi e al ruolo dei druidi all'interno della società, mentre ho trovato che le sezioni dedicate alle divinità dessero troppo per scontato una conoscenza pregressa delle varie figure, risultando fin troppo confusionarie.
Probabilmente è stato un mio errore quello di considerare questa una lettura base (anche se il libro stesso, fin dalla sua introduzione, si presenta come tale), mentre immagino che per chi ha più dimestichezza con l'argomento possa risultare anche molto appassionante, perché le inserzioni narrative e gli estratti delle leggende, ad esempio, sono godibili e curiosi - ma, ovviamente, bisogna sapere di chi/cosa si sta parlando per riuscire a capirci davvero qualcosa, specialmente per quel che riguarda il destreggiarsi fra il numero praticamente infinito di personaggi leggendari e divinità a cui si fa riferimento. Magari ritornerò a questa breve lettura quando avrò acquisito maggiore consapevolezza della materia, ma, nel frattempo, lo considero un saggio un po' confusionario e solo in parte divulgativo, che sicuramente mi sento di sconsigliare come approccio iniziale alla storia e alla mitologia celtica.


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Ebook The Elements of Celtic Tradition read Online! Caitlín Matthews is a writer, singer and teacher whose ground-breaking work has introduced many to the riches of our western spiritual heritage.

She is acknowledged as a world authority on Celtic Wisdom, the Western Mysteries and the ancestral traditions of Britain and Europe. She is the author of over 50 books including Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, a study of Divine Feminine in Gnostic, Jewish and Christian thought and King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld, a new translation and study of the Welsh poet Taliesin’s extraordinary poem, itself a major cross-roads of British mythology.

Caitlín was trained in the esoteric mystery traditions through the schools founded by Dion Fortune, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and Gareth Knight. Her shamanic vocation emerged early in her ability to sing between the worlds and to embody spirits. She has worked in many of the western traditions with companions upon the path including R.J.Stewart. Like him, she teaches the many strands of the ancestral European traditions. She specializes in teaching traditional European spirit-consultation oracles where the diviner draws directly upon the spirits of nature for answers and in the use of the voice to sound the unseen. Caitlín has been instrumental in revealing the ancestral heritage of the Western traditions through practical exploration of the mysteries as well as through scholarly research. Her teachings are couched in a firm historical and linguistic framework, with respect to the original context of the teachings, but never loses sight of the living traditions of these teachings which can be explored through direct application to their spiritual sources.

Trained as an actress, Caitlín is in demand as a storyteller and singer. She appears frequently on international radio and television, and was the song-writer and Pictish language originator for the Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur. With John Matthews, her partner, who was historical consultant on the film, she shared in the 2004 BAFTA award given to Film Education for the best educational CD Rom: this project introduced school-children to the life and times of King Arthur. She and John are both concerned with the oral nature of storytelling and its ability to communicate the myth at a much deeper level than of the commercial booktrade. This is apparent in their forthcoming project, The Story Box. For Caitlín, her books are merely the tip of a much bigger oral iceberg which is her teaching.

With her partner, John Matthews, and with Felicity Wombwell , she is co-founder of The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the sacred arts that are not written down. Their FíOS shamanic training programme teaches students the healing arts as well as hosting masterclasses with exemplars of living sacred traditions. Caitlín has a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to addressing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation, as well as helping clients find vocational and spiritual direction. Her soul-singing and embodiment uniquely bring the ancient healing traditions to everyday life.

Caitlín’s other books include Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, The Psychic Protection Handbook, and Celtic Devotional. She is co-author, with John Matthews, of the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom and Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend. Her books have been translated into more than nineteen languages from Brazil to Japan.

The author lives in Oxford with her husband and son in a kind of book-cave or library, whichever you will. They share their home with a white cat and a black cat.



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