The Mabinogi and the shadow of Celtic mythology

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Abstract

This article looks at the implications of the fact that English translations and adaptations of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi are often presented as 'Celtic mythology' rather than as 'Welsh literature'. It looks at some of the connotations of 'Celtic' in the Anglophone world, comparing externally constructed images of Native Americans. Finally it turns to the question of whether or not echoes of pre-Christian Celtic mythology can be discerned in the Four Branches, concluding that while this is not to be ruled out, it is essentially unprovable due to lack of early evidence for Celtic myths
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
JournalStudia Celtica
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2018

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