Pagan Texts: My redeemer to the torch and pitchfork mob

Singapore
October 17, 2007 11:58pm CST
In one of my previous posts: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1304816.aspx, I had mistakenly said that there are no pagan texts out there. I have since been corrected and humbled. To appease any assembling leech mobs out there, I have started a blog devoted to the subject. The volume of material on the subject is way beyond what I can squeeze into a tiny post like this, and much much more then what I can finish in a few days of work. This will (hopefully) be an ongoing effort. The blog looks like crap now and only has a few post, but I'm working on it! Any form of constructive comment will be very much welcomed. Here's the link: http://pagantexts.blogspot.com May that which you hold divine, be with you always.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Oct 07
Looks good so far! =) I like the little line at the top, about not making the spin doctors holy. I also like how you put in a lot of links to information about the subject online, instead of relying on just one source for each text. I'm really impressed! I'll have to keep checking this and keep up! I'm excited since my area of expertise is kind of limited (like I said, mostly Celtic and Norse), so the idea of learning about other pagan texts is exciting to me! =)
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• Singapore
19 Oct 07
Thanks for the encouragement lecanis! :D Actually I have to shamefully acknowledge that, though I serve a Celtic Goddess, I have yet to come across references to ancient Celtic material that has not been distastefully 'tainted' (if you know what I mean), e.g. The Red Book of Hergest, etc Would you happen to have any title of a manuscript, book, etc of good ancient Celtic books? I'll do the resource myself, I know I'm pretty good at it (hey, internet research is part of my day job), but I need a lead to follow. Thanks in advance! :D
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
19 Oct 07
It is true that much of the Celtic texts were somewhat "tainted" in a way, because at some point the transcribing of them got taken over by Christians. I'm not sure I can point you to anything completely "pure", but I can tell you the things I have learned about and let you decide for yourself. What most people know is the Táin Bó Cuailnge (usually loosely translated to "The Cattle Raid of Cooley), which is part of what is known as the Ulster Cycle. There are actually four "cycles" of Irish mythology: The Ulster Cycle, the Fenian Cycle, the Historical Cycle, and the Mythological Cycle. It's funny because a lot of these stories actually center around heroes and not Gods, but if you read them, you learn a lot about the society and religion of the time. And you learn about the Gods as well, because in many cases the lives of heroes are intertwined with those of Gods. There are a lot of good translations of the Tain out there, but the other texts might be harder to find.
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• Singapore
19 Oct 07
I'm choking on that lead LOL! Thanks lecanis! I spotted a number of online translations you might be very interested to read, but there is too much data for me to sort out at one go. Give me a few days and I'll release the inform on my blog as I go through them. It goes to show that my research has been too narrow all this time :( but thanks for the wake up call!
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• United States
20 Oct 07
oh, goodie, goodie. I just popped by myLot and saw your post.. Thanks ahead of time for your trouble in pulling some of these together. I can't stop by this morning, not enuff time, but will certainly visit. I so look forwaard to it. I have read several writings about pagan belief systems written long ago. Somtimes I wish there were a central 'text', but then I think of how varied different Pagan paths are. And perhaps it would, in some strange way, make the journey too easy. But nontheless I am so eager to read what you gather, and certainly will try to send any info I stumble across for you to consider. Thanks again.. cats kisses
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• Singapore
21 Oct 07
Omgz, I hope my blog lives up to your expectations =x It's the first time I'm doing such a big scale research project, so if I screw up somewhere, please bluntly put it across to me :) Hopefully this will help us pagans in some ways.