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King Arthur and the Cymry Heroes
The Celtic Britons called themselves the Cymry, which meant "fellow countrymen" in their Celtic tongue. Once Roman rule ended in Britain in about 410 A.D., a power vacuum developed, leading to the onslaught of Germanic invasions by Angles and Saxons,...
Saga of Times Past >> Legend and Prehistory
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
King Arthur
Based on a historical Welsh warlord of the first quarter of the 6th century CE, indirect evidence points toward a Lord of Britain circa 496-537 CE as the basis for the legend. King Arthur is certainly the best-known and most revered figure in British folklore....
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
The Raven: Balancing Man and Nature
"He likes bright abalone shells, silver beads, endless vittles, gossip and warm sleeps over the smoke hole. The Raven-ego is the lover-to-be who wants "a sure thing." The Raven-ego is afraid passion will end. He is afraid and tries to avoid the...
Symbology >> Animals
Story of the Celts: The Celts in Britain
The Celts in Britain [ 27 ] What is obvious when studying the Celts, as when studying anything, is that different experts say different things--there are always men of knowledge who have conflicting views about specifics. The dates of when the Celts came to...
History & Anthropology >> Celtic & Irish
Celtic Gods and Heros: Introduction to Celtic Mythology
Youngsters of school age almost effortlessly learn about the gods and heroes of Greek and Roman mythology. Names like Zeus, Hercules, Diana, Ulysses, Mercury, Venus, and others become widely familiar. Paintings, popular movies, and books trace their stories...
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
The Legend of Stonehenge
Stonehenge has fascinated thousands of people throughout the ages, even today people are still wondering about the origins of the mysterious Stonehenge. Today's scientists and historians are still unable to come to a solid theory of when, why, by whom, and...
Earth Mysteries >> Mystic Places

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What Is the I Ching?
Arthur Waley, in a 1933 study—he never translated the entire book—described it as a collection of “peasant interpretation” omens to which specific divinations had been added at a later date.
Poem of the week: Song by 'Tzŭ-Yeh', translated by Arthur Waley
This week's poem is the first of a group that appears in Arthur Waley's 170 Chinese Poems entitled Five “Tzŭ-Yeh” Songs. But we don't know with any certainty that Tzŭ-Yeh was the author!
The World's First Global Dance Critic Was a Victorian Aerobics Teacher
World's readers delight in Chinese books
Topping its best-seller list on Sunday was Monkey, Arthur Waley's ever-popular English translation of the classic Chinese epic Journey to the West, and two Chinese New Year picture books. Zhu Xiaojie, a project manager with China Books, said 260,000 ...
The Sensualist
The two most famous English translations of “Genji”—Arthur Waley's, in the nineteen-twenties and thirties, and Edward Seidensticker's, in 1976—could hardly be more different. Waley regarded gorgeous prose as more important than accuracy.

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