Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Mystery of Celtic Cultural Legacy: Magic and Metamorphosis

by Mr Ghaz

 
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Metamorphosis, the ability to change shape or form, is a prominent motif in many Celtic tales, and examples are also to be found in Celtic art. The deer-like characteristics of the god Cernunnos-antlers and hooves-certainly suggest that shapeshifting between the animal and human worlds was believed possible, but images of this deity are among the handful of Celtic artifacts that actually attest to this. Other images imply a welding of human and animal essences rather than forms, as in the Gaulish statue of a war god who bears the image of a boar, a symbol of war and hunting, as an attribute (see illustration, opposite).
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The Mystery of Celtic Cultural Legacy: Magic and Metamorphosis

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