Monday, December 28, 2009

New Book: Brigid - Goddess, Druidess and Saint

As has been mentioned in a couple other threads, there's a new book out, Brigid: Goddess, Druidess and Saint, by Brian Wright.

I'm wondering if anyone else is reading it -- or plans to -- and whether anyone would be interested in a book discussion thread.

So far, I've only just started chapter 2 (I read very slowly now and don't retain well, thanks to a brain injury), but I have some issues with what I've read so far.

F'ex, the author seems to be a proponent of the Great Universal Mother theory, although I could be drawing incorrect inferences on that. He also posits that the Irish goddess Brighid was a deliberate, first-century AD creation specifically designed by Brigantian druids who fled to Ireland when Britain was romanized. His theory is that they made Brighid up -- as the daughter of two pre-existing Irish deities, the Daghda and the Morrigan -- as a way of uniting the Celtic tribes in the hope of resisting the Romans.

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