Myth and Story

We have come so far that all the old stories whisper once more...
Robert Duncan

Those who follow the Druid Way are inspired by the old myths and legends, particularly of the Celtic lands and of the Matter of Britain, with its stories of the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail.

Myth whispers to us at a deep level: it speaks to the imagination and the heart rather than the rational mind. And it helps to awaken us from the trance of the materialistic world-view to discover new meaning and magical dimensions which open us to awe and wonder, renewing our faith in life and our love of Nature and all her creatures.

The fund of myth and story available to us is a treasure-trove that Druids love to explore, and in the first year of training in the Order students enter deeply into one tale to discover the transformative power of story.

In addition to the huge amount of material in the Matter of Britain, we can be held spellbound by the Irish tales and sagas, and the Welsh books and legends. The Irish and Welsh Triads, pithy wisdom-sayings set in a threefold form, also provide encouragement and teaching for Druids today.

The collection of Welsh tales known as The Mabinogion, which draws on pre-Christian Celtic mythology, inspires many Druids today, and below you can listen to a sample from an audio recording, read by Ronald Hutton: the first section of the First Branch of The Mabinogion. The rest of the audio version of The Mabinogion is avalable from iTunes here

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