Talk Series: The Gods of Ireland: Ireland’s native pantheon in literature and lore

From Cult to Conversion – Mon 17 Jan 2022

This first talk introduces what we know of Irish pre-Christian religion through archaeology, before turning to the process of conversion to Christianity in the fifth and sixth centuries. We will look at how at least some pagan deities were ‘reincarnated’ as literary characters in the new cultural landscape of a Christian Ireland, focusing on the mysterious mist-cloaked sea-god, Manannán mac Lir, who gives his name to the Isle of Man.

Dr Mark Williams is Fellow and Tutor in English at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He is a specialist in the medieval languages and literatures of Wales and Ireland, and the author of Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth (Princeton, 2016), and The Celtic Myths that Shaped the Way We Think (Thames & Hudson, 2021). He is in training as a Jungian psychoanalyst

Further Reading

Edel Bhreathnach, Ireland in the Medieval World, 400-1000 (Dublin, 2014)

‘The Voyage of Bran’, trans. Kuno Meyer

https://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/vob/vob02.html

‘The Adventure of Connlae’

https://sejh.pagesperso-orange.fr/keltia/version-en/connla-fair.html

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Talk Series: The Gods of Ireland: Ireland’s native pantheon in literature and lore

Pagan Ireland – From Cult to Conversion – Mon 17 Jan 2022

Irish Gods – The Túatha Dé Danann – Sun 13 Feb 2022

Occult Nationalism and the Irish Revival – Mon 14 March 2022

Jan 17th 2022 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

£5 - £10 & By Donation