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 Author : John Matthews

The Last Celtic Shaman

John Matthews with additional material by Caitlin Matthews

Taliesin, Chief Bard of Britain and Celtic Shaman, was a historical figure who lived in Wales during the latter half of the sixth century. Encoded within his writings are the ancestral beliefs of the Celtic and pre-Celtic peoples – their methods of divination, and the rites, rituals, and prophecies that wer essential to their spiritual practice. In addition, Taliesin’s verse is a direct precursor to the Arthurian Legend, and Taliesin himself – shaman and shapeshifter – is said to be a contemporary of Merlin.

Though the bard’s work is steeped in the rich traditions of druidic practice, few have explored the revelations to be found in the secret poetic language of his writing. Now, in this first collection of Taliesin’s major works, John Matthews, a pre-eminent Celtic scholar, sheds new light on the poems of Taliesin and on the vast body of allusion, story, and myth that grew from his shamanic practice. With the help of fellow Celtic scholar Caitlin Matthews, the author presents completely new translations of Taliesin’s major poems in their entirety, uncovering for the first time the meanings behind these great works and the ancient mysteries and cosmological rites of the Druids that were central to Celtic worship.

Price $ 35.00