Book Review, Pagan

Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

I really appreciate that this book was written by an Irish reconstructionist. There’s a certain level of academic adherence in the reconstructionists that puts me at ease. I don’t feel like I have to take everything with a grain of salt and question their research methods and wonder if they’re adding artistic license to their interpretations.

Celtic history and lore is tough. The simple fact is that we won’t ever know for sure what things were like, back then. Time and other cultures have done a lot to erase anything that might have survived from that era. And in some way, I have to think that’s okay. Maybe it’s up to the neopagans and reconstructionists to try to get to the heart of the beliefs and practices of that time period.

I’m obviously not a reconstructionist myself, so maybe this lack of historical record is far more frustrating for the actual recons. 🙂

Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. I feel like it gave a good overview of the historical references we are sure of when it comes to the Morrigan. It’s going to be tricky to nail down a shapeshifting sometimes-trickster goddess in the best of times. Of course there’s going to be ambiguity in a lot of the references to her.

I feel like I have a better understanding of her after reading this book, and I think that was the author’s goal. There’s also some nice personal anecdotes and interpretations in the book which are interesting and always clearly labeled. I appreciate seeing how others interact with and worship the Morrigan.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Morrigan or just curious about her historical references.


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