On Mon, 18 Oct 1993, Tom Brehony, University Of Limerick wrote:
> What was the Celtic view of their gods? I know that it was very different
> from the Graeco-Roman view that we are familiar with. Did tribes have
> local gods? Did they view their gods as good/bad/indifferent ? Were the
> gods immortal ? Is their a Celtic creation myth/end of world myth ?
It's pretty hard to tell how they viewed their deities from the material
preserved. The epigraphic evidence suggests that each area had its own
deities, as most inscriptions offer an unrepeated name of a deity. I'm
sure that they believed their Gods were "good," at least to the tribe. As
to immortality, I would guess that initially they saw them as such, but
the coming of Christianity gave every Godform its death-tale, or at least
mentioned how and by whom s/he was killed. Of course, many of the deities
reappear a few pages later, doing all the usual alive stuff ;) To the
best of my knowledge, there is no preserved creation myth concerning the
entire cosmos, but creations/namings of individual features do appear in
the tales and poetry. In =Cath Maighe Tuired= (2nd Battle of Moy Tura)
the Morrigan gives a prophetic look at an "end of the world," but again,
this can easily be seen as a Christian addition or gloss on a native
> Also where could I find out more about the above and related questions?
> Any good books that I could look up ?
Some of the books I like include
Celtic Heritage -- Alwyn & Brinley Rees
Celtic Mythology -- Proinsias MacCana
Myths & Symbols in Pagan Europe -- HR Ellis Davidson
Ancient Irish Tales -- Cross & Slover
the MacAlister Irish Texts Society translation of the Book of Invasions
There's lots of fascinating stuff out there. Search your local University
library for "celtic myth" or "irish myth" and see what you turn up.