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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 382 pages of information about The Religion of the Ancient Celts.

[1295] P. 107, supra.

[1296] For parallel myths see Rig-Veda, i. 53. 2; Campbell, Travels in South Africa, i. 306; Johnston, Uganda Protectorate, ii. 704; Ling Roth, Natives of Sarawak, i. 307; and cf. the myth of Prometheus.

[1297] This is found in the stories of Bran, Maelduin, Connla, in Fian tales (O’Grady, ii. 228, 238), in the “Children of Tuirenn,” and in Gaelic Maerchen.

[1298] Martin, 277; Sebillot, ii. 76.

[1299] Burton, Thousand Nights and a Night, x. 239; Chamberlain, Aino Folk-Tales, 38; L’Anthropologie, v. 507; Maspero, Hist. anc. des peuples de l’Orient, i. 183.  The lust of the women of these islands is fatal to their lovers.

[1300] An island near New Guinea is called “the land of women.”  On it men are allowed to land temporarily, but only the female offspring of the women are allowed to survive (L’ Anthrop. v. 507).  The Indians of Florida had a tradition of an island in a lake inhabited by the fairest women (Chateaubriand, Autob. 1824, ii. 24), and Fijian mythology knows of an Elysian island of goddesses, near the land of the gods, to which a few favoured mortals are admitted (Williams, Fiji, i. 114).

[1301] P. 274, supra.  Islands may have been regarded as sacred because of such cults, as the folk-lore reported by Plutarch suggests (p. 343, supra).  Celtic saints retained the veneration for islands, and loved to dwell on them, and the idea survives in folk-belief.  Cf. the veneration of Lewismen for the Flannan islands.

[1302] Gir.  Camb. Itin.  Camb. i. 8.

[1303] Translations of some of these Voyages by Stokes are given in RC, vols. ix. x. and xiv.  See also Zimmer, “Brendan’s Meerfahrt,” Zeits. fuer Deut.  Alt. xxxiii.; cf.  Nutt-Meyer, ch. 4, 8.

[1304] RC iv. 243.

INDEX

Abnoba, 43.

Adamnan, 72.

Aed Abrat, 65.

Aed Slane, 351.

Aeracura, 37, 44.

Afanc, 190.

Agricultural rites, 3, 4, 57, 80, 107, 140, 227, 237.  See Festivals.

Aife, 129.

Aillen, 70.

Aine, 70 f.

Aitherne, 84.

Albiorix, 28.

All Saints’ Day, 170.

All Souls’ Day, 170.

Allat, 87, 100.

Alpine race, 8, 12.

Altars, 282 f.

Amaethon, 107, 384.

Amairgen, 55, 172.

Ambicatus, 19, 222.

Amours with mortals, divine, 128, 159, 348, 350, 355.

Amulets, 30, 327 f., 323.

Ancestor worship, 165, 200.

Andarta, 41.

Andrasta, 41, 125.

Anextiomarus, 125.

Animal gods, anthropomorphic, 34, 92, 106, 139 f., 158, 210, 212, 226.

Animal worship, 3, 92, 140, 186, 208 f., 260.

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