This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.
Why did the Celts see a king’s authority as the gift of the Sovereignty Goddess? In this course, we will look for her roots in Indo-European myth and, perhaps, in the political symbolism of Rome. You may have encountered her manifestations in any number of places, such as Stith Thompson’s motif D732, "The Loathly Lady," Child Ballad #32, “King Henry,” or Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath’s Tale.” To the Irish and the Welsh, this Goddess granted power by giving the candidate a drink, usually mead, or by coupling with him (with or without benefit of marriage.) Sometimes as the triple Goddess, sometimes as the goddess of war, she leaves her footsteps throughout time and history, and it will be our task in this course to follow her trail.
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