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Song of Taliesin, the: Stories and Poems from the Books of Broceliande (1991) [Collection]
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'Since the departure of the Lord Taliesin, I have set myself the task... of placing all that he wrote, or instructed me to write, in order--so that it may be properly read and studied in future time... There are many who would destroy the works of my master, thinking them heretical or dangerous; yet I find that he strove always to tell the truth as he saw it, and while there is much that I myself find amazing or intractable of belief, yet even here I see no evil, nothing to hinder the prayers I offer up daily to My Lord Christ for his soul.'

Thus writes the nameless scribe, whose collection of stories and poems, attributed to the great sixth-century bard and prophet Taliesin, tells of things magical and mysterious, of journeys to the 'Otherworld' beyond most humans' experience and of Arthur, the god-like hero of the Britons, whom Taliesin served as chief bard and seer.

The Song of Taliesin weaves a brightly coloured tapestry of the Celtic world. Part fiction, par myth, part mystery-teaching, it draws upon the ancient traditions outlined in the author's earlier work, Taliesin: Shamanism and the Bardic Mysteries in Britain and Ireland, taking the reader into the timeless dimension of story-telling, where traditionally the oldest and deepest secrets are stored.

Original title: The Song of Taliesin: Stories and Poems from the Books of Broceliande
Original languages: English


Genre: MythologyRetellingsCeltic and Arthurian

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