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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Step right up - Gothic Inspirations Leaving the Depot!

Hey again - Well, we have another blog train coming your way today.  

This is another stunning train by Gothic Inspirations - Gateway to Annwn. 

This one is a bit different; would you expect anything else from all of us at Gothic Inspirations?

For more information about Annwn, read on

Many theories as to Avalon’s purpose have crossed the scholarly world. Using the assumption that Glastonbury is the likely location, one of the most intriguing ideas arises from the strong sense of ancient paganism tied to the area. In the Book of Taliesin, the poem The Spoils of Annwn tells how Arthur and his knights descend into Annwn, the Celtic Otherworld, to steal a mystic cauldron of inspiration and plenty. Annwn is the realm of Gwyn ap Nudd, king of the Faeries and lord of Annwn, and the Tor is his sacred mountain. Avalon is portrayed as a gathering place for departed spirits preparing to go to Annwn, and Gwyn guards the portals. The cauldron magically provides unending nourishment and rebirth. This is the original grail which Arthur’s knights quested after so desperately, before Christian believers shifted its importance to their own purpose. Supportive evidence shows that Glastonbury Tor is artificially terraced in a pattern reminiscent of pre-Christian ritual paths, similar to others across Europe associated with Goddess worship. Archaeology has determined that the pattern is more ancient and complex than originally thought, a seven-circuited labyrinth rather than a simple spiral. There are also persistent rumors of a secret chamber within the Tor, into which people wander and return to the world mad, a trait identified with faery encounters.

In a more recent line of reasoning, author Marion Zimmer Bradley takes this interpretation a bold step further. Combining it with Geoffrey of Monmouth’sHistory in her book The Mists of Avalon, she beautifully portrays Avalon as Morgaine le Fey’s domain. Morgaine is the last high priestess of the ancient goddess religion before Christianity takes over. She is the Lady of Lake, and Avalon is the most sacred site in Britain, the obvious location for Excalibur to have been forged, the grail to be kept, and Arthur to be taken as he lay dying from his battle wounds. It is the mystical place where one crosses from Cylch y Abred, the middle world we live in , to Annwn, the Otherworld. While Bradley’s interpretation has been presented as fiction, there is logical research behind her theory. Ancient Celtic tradition across Britain and Europe includes the belief that we are connected to the earth by an umbilical, known by the Greek term, omphalos, the "navel of the world." A cosmic axis, sometimes symbolized by an upright stone, connects the upper world of Gwynvyd(heaven) and lower world of Annwn, running through the middle world (Abred). The omphalos is considered a place of spiritual power, a center where this world and the others cross most powerfully. Consistently, Glastonbury Tor is a prime candidate as an omphalos. Its very shape is womb-like, and its persistent tradition of spirituality has always been and still is like a magnet to people of all faiths.

History is purely an interpretation of the evidence we have gathered about life in the past. Many times the "facts" are circumstantial, a combination of archaeology, literature, and human supposition; for each historian you have, each will give a different viewpoint. Into the fifth and sixth centuries, the Celtic oral-based customs prohibited writing down stories, genealogies, scientific knowledge. There is little left to forge our theories from, and we may never truly understand Avalon. Sadly, and literally, nothing was written in stone.

Excerpt from an article that first appeared in Faces of the Goddess magazine, Spring 1998
© Kathleen Cunningham Guler

Now - for the goodies - lol

Here's a preview of my part (of which I was sooo unsure of and I absolutely love this one!)
Oh - there are some TS and some FS stuff included in this one

And you can get that here

Here's the rest of the wonderful stops along this fun train.  Please be sure to remember to show some luv.  We all struggled a bit with the theme, but in the end, I think it's a fabulous train from all of us!

Ann with: Addicted 2 Scrapz
Kelly with: Angels Designz
Jill with: Created By Jill
Jo with: Creationz By Jo
Nikki with: Creative Intentionz
Dani with: Darkmoon's Dream
Sarah with: Designs By Sarah
Dianna with: Digicats (& Dogs)
Pia with: Digital Blue Print
Miriam with: Ellanoir Design
Jessica with: Gothic Inspirations
Brandi with: Grunge & Glitter
Hezalin with: HezaScraps & Tags
Mystee with: Intoxxikate Intentionz By Mystee
Victoria with: Maitri's Digital Scraps
Myst with: Myst Scraps N Seasons
Sally with: Mythical Designs
NAC with: Naughty Angels Creations
Nette with: Nette's NightOwl Works
Debi: Pages N Memories
Justine with: PSP Addict
Rachel with: Rachels Expressionz
Simone with: Scrappy Bit Of Fun
Sky with: Sky's Scraps
Tiffany with: Sweet Southern Comfort Creations
Judy with: Winter's Loft


Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

elizabeth said...

awesome thank you

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 14 post on Mar. 01, 2010. Thanks again.

Digicats said...

I loved Mists of Avalon...I thought MBZ did a wonderful job with it. Never could quite get into the sequel. Thanks for the kit hun, I know it was out of your comfort zone, but you did a wonderful job on it.

CraftCrave said...

Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today (look for timestamp: [01 Mar 01:00pm GMT]).

Kim L said...

Love it. Thanks so much for your awesome work:)

Nette said...

Thanks so very much for all the fabulous comments. Y'all please enjoy and would love to see anything at all you make with it!

Dianna - Thanks for pushing me outside the comfort zone. I never would have known I could do that without you and Jess nudging - rofl!


Gothic Inspirations said...

Aww that was a nice compliment hun! Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful share on this train. I'm excited to take a peek at it!! Hugs, Jessica

Joy B said...

This is just so beautiful! Thank you so much!

Puzzle said...

Thank you ♥♥♥

Anonymous said...

Beautiful kit! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Debbie said...

Thank you so very much for your wonderful kit sweetheart. love it to bits. I adore The Mists of Avalon and it's such a shame she's no longer on the earthly plane of existance. Marion Zimmer Bradley had a way of bringing Avalon to life.

love and angel blessings xxx

clubiani said...

this is gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing!

MamaGames said...

Hi - I just now happened upon the Gateway to Annwn blog train and I am loving it. I know it has been a long time - more than two years! Your piece looks lovely but the file is now set to private. Please let me know if you wouldn't mind sharing with me - thanks!

WillowRaven said...

I am just happening upon this train and trying to download the different parts. Yours is set to "private" - is there any way to obtain it?

Many thanks,