April 2, 2013

Guises of the Morrigan

The Guises of the Morrigan
The Irish Goddess of Sex and Battle Her Myths, Powers and Mysteries
By Sorita d’Este  & David Rankine
2005, 
ISBN 9781905297009, RRP £14.99, PB, 210 pp

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The Guises of the Morrigan, Irish Goddess, Celtic Goddess, by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine

About:  The Morrígan is the pre-eminent and most powerful of the Celtic Goddesses. She is a Goddess of sex and battle, the Irish Bestower of Sovereignty, and it is she who shapes the land and rules the fairy as Queen. Her raw power manifests through the Irish myths and legends, a prophetess and shapeshifter who uses her potent magic to shapeshift, assuming the forms of numerous wild animals and delivering victory to her chosen heroes.

Her manifold roles, titles and guises weave a rich and colourful tapestry showing the continued dominion of the Morrigan in mythology, folklore and literature. She was the tutelary goddess to the ill-fated hero Cu Chulainn, she was the Fairy Queen and the Washer at the Ford.  She was also the wise crone the Cailleach, and the battle crow Badb, the frenzied Nemain and Warrior Queen Macha.

Her roles and guises which are brought together for the first time in this carefully researched volume, the work of many years of study, demonstrate clearly the significant status that she held in the ancient Celtic world and continues to enjoy today.

 

Note from the authors (2005): The Morrígan is probably the most powerful figure amongst the Celtic gods. The popular image of the Morrígan is as the goddess of battle and sex, a perception that only scratches the surface of this complex and manifold goddess. From bestower of sovereignty to earth goddess, from mistress of the animals to faery queen, the Morrígan stands out as the preeminent Celtic goddess, and it is our hope that this book will restore a clearer perception of her awesome scope to all those people interested in the Celtic world.

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Extracts from Reviews:

“There is a lot of material about the Morrigan. Myths, legends, attributes and influences. It is wonderful to have it all collected in one place for those who follow either the Morrigan or one of her aspects. This complex Celtic Goddess has plenty of material about her, and I am happy David Rankine and Sorita D’Este put it all together for us in this well researched book.” Boudica Foster, Amazon Reviewer

“If you’re interested in the Morrigan, this is a good place to start your research. It is best approached as a textbook for study rather than something you might read through cover to cover.” David Steele, Amazon Reviewer

“This is a wonderful collection of research on the Morrigan, as well as other goddesses whose myths and stories are mixed up with hers. The authors provide a great deal of source material and that is one of the great things about their work which shines through every time. ” Stella Arbol, Goodreads Reviewer

“Authors, David Rankine and Sorita D’Este, give us a short but information packed book on Morrigan that takes us back all the way to her Celtic roots. Be prepeared to read this one over mopre than once because you will not want to miss any of the detail. Morriogan’s various guses and forms are analyzed in various literature in which she appears.” Steve Cran, Goodreads Reviewer

“Excellent work and my sincere thanks to the authors for the work and dedication they put into this book which makes available so much information in one place.” Marcus Celt, Amazon Review

“I loved it. Read it cover to cover and still delve back into it from time to time. These authors are on a roll, their work is well researched and academic, without being boring and dull.” WizardofGlasgow, Amazon Review

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