Jesus and Mary weren’t the first; throughout history, exceptional men around the world were said to have been born of virgin mothers. It’s still going on today: forty five women claimed to be virgin mothers in the US in recent years. And of course, Irish mythology is as rife with tales of virgin births as it is with stories of sex, violence, and tragic romance.
Shapeshifting in Irish mythology involves a long list of animals, not just the wolf or vampire, as made popular by modern literature. Transformation served many purposes, such as completing challenges, escaping danger, or exacting punishment. Not only that, but it portrays a potential belief in totemism and reincarnation.
The Druids left us no written record of their religion. What we know has been patched together from later Christian interpretations, and the writings of observers such as Julius Caesar, but where does the line cross between fact and fiction?
Here is my latest article on Irish Central, for anyone who’s interested.