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HIST & MYTH: Queen Maeve - Gathering of the Goddesses 2013

Written by Ben Kesp

Powerful, sexual, leader, political, commander; these are but some words to describe the legendary Queen Maeve of the Kingdom of Connaught in ancient Ireland. Since I first wrote about Queen Maeve in May of this year, the post has continuously remained the most popular and most read each month. Even in the 21st century her name continues to echo loudly denoting her strong and everlasting presence that maintains people’s interest. 

When we speak of Maeve we must not forget the Irish historical author Standish O'Grady (1846 – 1928) whose works on ancient Irish literature led him to become known as the “Father of the Celtic Revival”. O’Grady’s novels which include the Cu Chulain trilogy featuring Queen Maeve’s battles, detail part of the four great cycles of early Irish literary mythology. His writings had helped to link and create a sense of origin for the Irish people with ancient times. 

I must mention again the 2013 Goddess gathering that takes place in Novembe…

HIST & MYTH: Hypogeum of Malta

Post: 31    Written by Ben Kesp. 
Lying within the depths of the island of Malta is an ancient underground temple dating from around 3,600/3,200 B.C to 2,500 B.C. If this is a site you wish to see while on holidays in Malta ensure you book well in advance.  What is the Hypogeum? It is a subterranean structure developed within rock consisting of halls and chambers.  The complex has three levels with each created over different time periods.  Discovered in 1902 it is the only known prehistoric underground temple and over 7,000 skeletal remains were found during excavation.
Small groups are only allowed entry at a set time to preserve the site which is immaculately maintained and instructions are provided by a tour guide and audio handset. A quick introduction is given by the pleasant tour guide who shows some of the ancient artefacts including a replica of the “Sleeping Lady(representative of death and rebirth) and a video presentation follows providing further information on the ancie…

INTERVIEW: The Morrígan - Interview with Artist Joseph Cilia - Part II

Last week I posted the first part of my interview (Part 1) with Maltese artist Joseph Cilia on the Morrighan, the inspiration behind two of his most personal works. Now I am going to conclude the interview about this elusive Celtic goddess.

Interview Part II:

BK – Phantom Queen, Great Queen, Goddess of Death & Rebirth, Crow Goddess; she has been called by many names. What role do you think she plays in our lives today?

JC - I think she fulfills all of the roles – but more so as Goddess of Death and Rebirth. The reason being that in times like the ones we are living in, death is always present however in a more subtle way. People are seemingly becoming ever more disillusioned by the old traditional ideologies like that of the traditional family, the idea that the human creature is at the centre, superior to and master of everything is now becoming stale. Even in terms of traditions like medicine, there has been a noted disillusionment in the traditional medical practice and people a…

INTERVIEW: The Morrígan - Interview with Artist Joseph Cilia

I had the pleasure of chatting with Maltese artist Joseph Cilia about the inspiration behind two of his most personal works of art – The Morrighan. Joseph is a young artist living in Malta whose work oozes with passion and emotion. Fascinated with the spirit or soul this has created his unique style of self expression captivating powerful emotions for his love of life. 

Interview Part I:

BK - The Morrighan – Who is she?

JC – The Morrighan is a complex Goddess figure in Irish mythology that has a variety of facets to her and yet she is somewhat obscure at the same time as there is rather little literature about her. The Morrighan first appears in one of the four great cycles of early Irish literary mythology as the wife and Queen of Nuada the silver hand who was at the time tribal King of the children of the Goddess Danu – known as the Tuatha Dé Dannan. She appears during the battles with the Fir Bolgs and Fomorians. She has a main role in the last battle with the Tuatha Dé Dannan again…