Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld

The follow is a reblog of an article entitled, “Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld,” posted on JUNE 25, 2021 BY ZTEVETEVANS. The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region, which is discussed in this article.

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This article was first published on #FolkoreThursday.com under the title, Exploring the Otherworld of the Celts, on 18 March, 20211, written by zteve t evans.

The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region. Their territories included Ireland, the United Kingdom and a swathe of continental Europe, including areas of the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia. As such there were variations in philosophies concerning this world and the next from region to region. Presented here is a brief exploration of their idea of the Otherworld and how it appears in different Celtic regions.

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The Celtic Otherworld is sometimes presented as the realm where their deities lived, or the place…

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Medicinal Plants of Brittany

The following is a reblog of an articled entitled, Medicinal Plants of Brittany,” posted on 5th Jun 2021 Posted on Bonjour From Brittania. It is a fascinating overview of various plants used for medicinal uses before modern medicine.

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In the rural Brittany of yesteryear, where doctors were very rare, the populace were happy to utilise the healing power of plants and other natural remedies. Sometimes, the intervention of the local healer or witch was sought but often people were content to apply the ancient wisdom that had been transmitted within the family from generation to generation. The remedies needed to treat the most common diseases and ailments were well known and families had long learned what plants were essential to cultivate near the home.

In Brittany, healers were generally believed to have been bestowed with their curative powers at birth although certain circumstances were thought more auspicious than others. The most powerful healers were held to be found amongst those born on Good Friday or on the first day of August or on a Friday in March, provided that day was one of the odd days of the…

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Welcome to Day 12 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @Pdoggbiker #Cherries @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

The following is a reblog of Day 12, the last day of Nonnie Jules’s blog tour: NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! The featured author on Day 12 is John Podlaski, a Viet Nam War veteran who has written books using the war as a backdrop to his stories. If you leave a comment at Nonnie’s website, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card.

There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors each day, and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to check out each featured author: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

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12 Days of Authors John Podlaski

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, JOHN PODLASKI!

Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and…

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Welcome to Day 10 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #DaggersDestiny

This is a reblog of my interview with Nonnie Jules, an author who loves supporting other authors. This is why she has revived her “12 Days of Authors” series which she began in 2014, but stopped due to the sudden passing of a very dear online friend. Today, I am featured as part of the May “12 Days of Authors” series and would greatly appreciate it if you would support each author featured in the series. If you leave a comment along with the event, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Nonnie Jules!

Check out the various authors along with each day’s feature. There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to follow: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

Watch Nonnie Write!

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GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 10th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER!

Author bio:

Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. She has also extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology to support her writing and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Of particular interest to her are the enigmatic Celts, reputed as fierce warriors and mystical…

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Thursday Doors – Dover Castle

This is a reblog of a post entitled, “Thursday Doors – Dover Castle.” published by RobertaWrites. The Dover cliffs and the castle has been one of my favorite places to visit in the United Kingdom. As can seen be the photos, its a historical site that dates back to the Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation. The medieval castle has great exhibitions.

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dover Castle is a medieval Castle in Dover, Kent, England. This is my favourite English castle to date and I have visited it three times during three separate visits to the UK. There is a lot to see at Dover Castle including the underground hospital that was established and used during WW2, the Roman lighthouse and a Saxon Church.

Today, I am going to show you a few of my pictures of the castle and its doors.

Dover Castle from the road

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Celtic Lore: Shapeshifters of Myth and Legend

The is a reblog of a MAY 27, 2021 Post entitled, Celtic Lore: Shapeshifters of Myth and Legend,” BY ZTEVETEVANS at the website UNDER THE INFLUENCE. It is a summary of some of my favorite Celtic myths which I think you will enjoy.

Under the influence!

This article was first published 11 March 2021 on #FolkloreThursday.com titled, Shapeshifters from the Celtic World by zteve t evans.

Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters are found in most mythologies and folk traditions around the world from ancient to modern times. In such traditions, humans change into vampires, werewolves, frogs, insects, and just any about any other creature imaginable and back again. Sometimes the transformation is controlled by the transformer who shifts shape at will.  Other times it is an unwelcome event such as a punishment and sometimes it is forced by a magical spell but there are many other reasons besides. Shapeshifters can be good or bad, often moving the story forward in a novel way or have some kind of symbolism that the teller wants to get across to their audience. There are many different kinds of shapeshifting and here…

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Welcome to Day 1 of Nonnie’s “12 Days Of Authors” (May) Series! @AuthorFleur

The following is a reblog from WATCH NONNIE WRITE! This is Day 1 of Nonnie’s “12 Days Of Authors” (May) Series featuring AUTHOR, CAROLINE FLEUR!

Author Nonnie Jules loves supporting other authors. This is why she has revived her “12 Days of Authors” series which she began in 2014, but stopped due to the sudden passing of a very dear online friend.

I will be featured during this May “12 Days of Authors” series and would appreciate greatly if you would support each author who is featured each day of the series. If you leave a comment along the event, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Nonnie Jules!

I hope to see you following along with each day’s feature. There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Here’s the link to follow along… – https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

Watch Nonnie Write!

12 Days of Authors Caroline Fleur

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series+ a $10 Amazon gift card! Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the first day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, CAROLINE FLEUR!

Author bio:

Caroline Fleur lives in the Dallas, Texas, area with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as traveling through the quite easy-to-reach DFW Airport. She is passionate about writing and has a personal interest in food allergy research. Caroline hopes that in addition to reading this fun and flirty story, readers will also gain a deeper understanding of the constant balancing act that those living with food allergies have to perform. She is dedicated to the…

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The Druids of Brittany

The following is a reblog of an article entitled, “The Druids of Britanny,” posted on the website: Bonjour From Brittany. The druids of antiquity remain an enigma and a constant source of, sometimes, fanciful speculation. Their roles in Celtic society were as broad as they were integral to daily life; story-teller, sage, teacher, priest, judge, sorcerer and keeper of the tribe’s traditions. Yet, very little is known for certain about them; they did not share their knowledge with the uninitiated and kept no records of their own but their influence lingered longest in the remotest realms of the Celts, such as in Brittany.

Bonjour From Brittany

The druids of antiquity remain an enigma and a constant source of, sometimes, fanciful speculation. Their roles in Celtic society were as broad as they were integral to daily life; story-teller, sage, teacher, priest, judge, sorcerer and keeper of the tribe’s traditions. Yet, very little is known for certain about them; they did not share their knowledge with the uninitiated and kept no records of their own but their influence lingered longest in the remotest realms of the Celts, such as in Brittany.

The little that we know about the mysterious druids comes from comments made about them in the writings of the Greek historians Strabo and Diodorus of Sicily who drew upon earlier works by Timagenes of Alexandria and Alexander of Miletus. Unfortunately, these earliest sources are now lost but the writings of their Roman contemporary, Julius Caesar, remain in print to this day. His account of the Gallic…

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How to Write a Sidekick

The following is a reblog by Staci Troilo on how to use sidekicks in a story. I learned that a sidekick is an ally of the hero who has a beta role in the story. He can’t outshine the hero, though he might be smart or funny in his own right. Check out Staci’s helpful hints on how to use a sidekick in a story.

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Ciao, SEers! Today I thought we’d talk about a character who isn’t used often enough and is discussed even less.

I’m referring to the sidekick.

Sure, we all write in friends and family. No one writes a single-character story. But I mean a true sidekick. Not a buddy, like in Lethal Weapon or Tango and Cash. Not a romantic partner like in When Harry Met Sally or The Proposal. I mean a sidekick. Like Watson to Holmes or Robin to Batman or Sam to Frodo.

Not sure of the difference? Let me explain.

First, let’s get a proper definition. A sidekick is an ally of the hero who has a beta role in the story.

That’s it. It’s that simple. He can’t outshine the hero, though he might be smart or funny in his own right. Look at Watson. He occasionally gets a brilliant observation…

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART NINETEEN: TRIUMPH AT BADON

The following is a reblog of THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART NINETEEN: TRIUMPH AT BADON Posted on March 2, 2021 by barrycjacobsen at the website The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page. This is a recount of THE BATTLE OF BADON HILL in which King Arthur had to race to the south to counter the Anglo-Saxons.

This is Part 19 of an ongoing series about 5th century Britain, unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire that succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age of Arthur!
The series covers Britain in the 5th through the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome which gave way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”; the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain.

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Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age of Arthur!

This is the Nineteenth-part of our discussion of Britain in the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”; the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain.

(Read Part Eighteen here. Or start from the beginning, with Part One!)

ARTHUR RETURNS SOUTH

Geoffrey of Monmouth states that Arthur was in the north, at Alclud, subduing the “Scots and Picts”. Alclud is obviously Alt Clut, the original name for Dumbarton Rock,  the chief stronghold of Strathclyde. This meshes well with the scenario described here previously, in which…

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