Celtic Mythology: Mixing Animals, Birds, Humans and Gods

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This article by zteve t evans was first published on FolkloreThursday.com on 30th July, 2020 under the title, Mixing Animals, Birds, Humans and Gods in Celtic Mythology

Animals, Birds, Humans and Gods

Animals played an important part in the everyday life of the ancients Celts. In Celtic mythology the lives of animals, birds, humans and gods are interwoven to provide rich stories alluding to important matters in their society such as life and death, love and hate, jealousy and lust. Provided here is a brief review of some of those myths and legends.

The Dream of Aengus

Swans were much admired by the Irish Celts and had some special places in their mythology. One story from Irish mythology called the Dream of Aengus, tells how a young god named Aengus fell in love with a beautiful woman from his dreams. Her name was Caer Ibormeith and she was the goddess of sleep and dreams.

Aengus set out to find her and discovered that she was a real person who had been placed under a spell which transformed her into a swan. Every other Samhain she was able to return to human form for one day beginning at sunset and then revert back to swan form for one year until the following Samhain when the transformation cycle would be repeated.

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12 thoughts on “Celtic Mythology: Mixing Animals, Birds, Humans and Gods

  1. I love how characters in Celtic myths flow so easily between shapes and identities! That’s interesting that Aengus turns into a swan himself on freeing his enchanted love. I would have expected she’d want to be human with him since that wasn’t her natural shape.

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  3. fascinating story! i love your manner of storytelling, it’s very beautifully penned! thanks for sharing❤️

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