Dark Sky Wales are proud to announce the printing of our astronomer Martin Griffiths book on Celtic Mythology. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit our planetarium you would have heard some of the tales but in this fascinating book you will discover the rest. Well done Martin!
In Dark Land, Dark Skies, Dark Sky Wales Astronomer and Brecon Beacons Observatory director Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating their Welsh and Celtic interpretations. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name the stars.
Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion and other welsh tales in the naming of constellations and his new book is an interesting and provocative combination of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and is also an astronomy guidebook.
Dark Land, Dark Skies is an informative guide to star-gazing which will be welcomed by the amateur and professional astronomer alike. The book includes specially commissioned star charts for the entire celestial year to aid identification of the changing constellations, is fully illustrated with practical commentary and includes information on what one can see in the sky beyond the constellations. Each one is accompanied by his alternative, Welsh-orientated interpretation of the night sky.
Dark Land, Dark Skies is an exciting examination of Welsh tales and a fitting tribute to Visit Wales year of “Myths and Legends”.
The book can be preordered from Amazon via the following link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Land-Skies-Mabinogion-Night/dp/1781723834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496662954&sr=8-1&keywords=dark+and+dark+skies+martin+griffiths
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