The Great Queens: Irish Goddesses From The Morrigan To Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Rosalind Clark


The Great Queens: Irish Goddesses From The Morrigan To Cathleen Ni Houlihan

The Great Queens: Irish Goddesses From The Morrigan To Cathleen Ni Houlihan

  • Title: The Great Queens: Irish Goddesses From The Morrigan To Cathleen Ni Houlihan
  • Author: Rosalind Clark
  • ISBN: 9780861402908
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover



Irish Literary Studies Although men dominated early Irish society, women dominated the supernatural Goddesses of war, fertility and sovereignty ordered human destiny Christian monks turned these pagan deities into saints, like St Brigit, or into mortal queens like Medb of Connacht The Morrigan, the Great Queen, war goddess, remained a figure of awe, but her pagan fu Irish Literary Studies Although men dominated early Irish society, women dominated the supernatural Goddesses of war, fertility and sovereignty ordered human destiny Christian monks turned these pagan deities into saints, like St Brigit, or into mortal queens like Medb of Connacht The Morrigan, the Great Queen, war goddess, remained a figure of awe, but her pagan functions were glossed over and her role was obscured Rosalind Clark juxtaposes early Irish texts with Anglo Irish treatments of the same themes by Lady Gregory, James Stephens, and W B Yeats She shows the fall in status of the pagan goddesses, first under medieval Christianity and then under Anglo Irish culture, where the once powerful goddess of the land evolved into a weak, melancholy victim, romanticized, unreal, and lacking sexual power or into a hag, the dispenser of death The human loss only begins to be restored in Yeat s The Death of Cuchulain Irish Literary Studies Series No 34.


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The history and mythology of Ireland is the story of layers. By the time the first myths and legends were written down in the sixth century, at least three major cultures had already ruled the island - the Neo- and Mesolithic peoples who had initially settled the island, and who built Newgrange; the Indo-European Celts who invaded in the first millennium BCE; and the Christian missionaries from the mainland led by Saint Patrick. From the old Celtic tales we can try to extrapolate knowledge of al [...]


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