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The Celtic Library Contest

Today it brings me great pleasure to announce an essay contest to give away 41 books on Celtic studies.

Banner to the heroic god Lugh in Temple of the River, early 2011.

Temple of the River, where I used to teach, closed its doors in June. However, over the seven years it was open it amassed a significant library. The temple’s book collection was built to help people study Celtic religions, traditions and myth. Rogue Priest and Temple of the River are now teaming up to sponsor an essay contest to give the entire library to one lucky winner.

I helped found Temple of the River in 2004. Our temple practiced the Old Belief, a polytheistic tradition based on the pre-Christian beliefs of Ireland. We want to see the books go to someone who will put them to good use, either in their own study and practice or as part of a larger organization.

To that end, the Celtic Library Contest is soliciting essays. Each essay must be no more than 6 pages long and should describe a specific project (personal or organizational) that the books and the knowledge they contain will be used for.

I’ve assembled a small panel of judges who will help me review the essays. The judges include Humanistic Paganism editor B.T. Newberg, and Druid Order of Three Realms priest/co-founder Bob Patrick. Other judges have been invited as well. All of us have a strong interest in historical authenticity, accurate reconstruction of ancient practices, and continuity of tradition.

Based on the projects described in the essays, we will choose one visionary winner to receive the collection of books free of charge, with free shipping. Essays are due in by January 15, 2012 and we hope to announce a winner by Imbolc (Jan. 31).

The library includes a moderate collection of respected, high-quality books on Celtic Studies, Celtic lore and traditions, Indo-European religion, and related topics. A total of 41 books are included in the library.

To enter, read the contest rules and get an application cover sheet here. Good luck everyone and please spread the word far and wide!


6 thoughts on “The Celtic Library Contest

  1. I’m usually a lurker on your blog (hi!) but I felt compelled to comment today. It’s really great that you are planning to pass along the library intact to a deserving recipient and/or group.

    This might be too much trouble –but would y’all consider posting a list of the books, perhaps after Imbolc? For the folks who don’t receive the library, it would still be useful to see what titles you guys considered important enough to house in your temple. I know that personally, I’m always looking for CR-friendly book recommendations. :)

    Best Regards!
    Zoh, from Brooklyn

    • Hi Zoh! Thank you for your comment – I’m always glad to meet one of our lurkers and I’m happy you are a regular reader!

      A complete book list is up and you can find it here.

      This doesn’t necessarily reflect the exact list of books I would recommend for someone to read if they are doing CR research. For example, some of the books the Temple got by chance, and others that I would recommend the Temple never got at all. But it is indeed a very strong collection and I hope you’ll find some good suggested reading there.

      The three books I recommend as the core of understanding the Old Belief (Celtic Heritage; Death, War and Sacrifice; and The Year in Ireland) are the first three listed in the collection. If you decide to read anything from the list, will you share your opinion/impressions here for us?

  2. I would soooo love to have those books. But lo, I have not the room for such a collection, and in truth feel that another would probably be a better candidate to put them to good use than a horde I’d lavish over as a red-scaled dragon.

    I put up this link on my Facebook Profile, Page and the RDNA (Reformed Druids of North America) Group Page whom I believe would spread the word around too.

    Best of Luck to the competitors!

    • Thank you so much for getting the word out, Rua. I would, of course, love to see what kind of essay you’d write…. though only after it was stripped of identifying information and randomized into the stack of entries :)

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