The Myths About The British Celts.

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    When England Was Wales :

    The surviving myths of the British Celts, the Brythons, as distinguished from the Irish Celts, existing in many forms of romantic tales, especially in ‘The Mabinogion’. and similar Welsh stories like Arthurian legends and Tallesin literature, or topics referred to in the Welsh Triads, this type of literature is peppered with divinities who act as Kings, Queens, Heroines, Heroes, Druid Magicians and Fairy-Folk, all the ingredients of folkloric tales.

    All retaining their original functions and character traits to embellished the standard format, the question is less easily answered in the case of Irish divinities who are also subjected to the same romantic and euhemerizing told by the ancient bards to mainly entertain the listening audience.

    With religious and constant social changes of the ancient worlds, some of the goddesses became mortal people of tales of revered ancestors that gave societies roots to the lands they farm, for the Medieval story-tellers who pillaged the old tales of antiquity, reinventing them for contemporary audiences, but losing their original meanings and hidden secrets.

    The Mabinogion, like those great Irish manuscripts date from perhaps the 11th & 12th centuries, yet in most cases the reinvented material is much older, when the supernatural elements were much stronger in the vivid imaginations of the ancients, these Medieval stories became good tales to tell at royal courts in the age of knightly chivalry.

    When there was romance placed upon the barbarous hacking of sword and axe, from the qualifications of knighthood, replacing the king’s champion, with the virtues of bravery and also courtesy, as the social code in feudal times.

    These new Welsh Middle Ages tales belonged to a systematize method of treating what they thought was the bizarreness of ancient tales and living traditions, which became the literary stock-in-trade of the Welsh Mabinog and the aspirations of the qualified bards with both the king’s approval and blessings.

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      When The Ancient Welsh Tongue Was Spoken In Edinburgh & London :

      There is a connection between the Welsh stories, the Irish traditional tales and even the Nordic Sagas, perhaps, the retelling of a good story, but between the Welsh and the Irish, it poses the question was there ever a common mythology among the ancestors of the Goidel and the Brython ?

      Or did the Irish and Welsh myths mingle because the ancient Goidels existed on both sides of the Irish Sea, or possible migration from Irish shores to the coasts of Wales, the Mabinogian literature contains the basis of some Brythonic tales, influenced more or less by Goidelic sources, to the presence of Irish names in the Mabinogian.

      The Arthurian & Taliesin cycles are mainly Brythonic, but the Mabinogian deals with lesser known divinities that points in the direction of specific gods and goddesses applicable to a certain district of Wales, a few are more well-known like, Nodens becomes associated with both Nudd & Lludd, the name Maponos associated with the central character of Mabon.

      The mainland European influences of Belenos and Taranos become Belinus and Taran of the Welsh tales, the tale of Pwyll, the Prince of Dyfed, begins by telling why he was called ‘Pen Annwfn’, ‘The Head Of Annwfn’, the Gaulish influenced Elysium, disguised as an old hunting tale, when Pwyll encountered Arawn, the King of Annwfn, who after a hunting disagreement, began a mutual friendship that benefited both Dyfed and Annwfn.

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