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What books and/or websites discuss the old myths in this context?
http://www.brython.uwclub.net/Brython/index.htm - looks at the mythology of the British Isles
as does http://www.caerfeddwyd.co.uk/
I have yet to find a book, however, that explains what to look for, other than a small self-published work on the Imrammic Meditations and incorporating the text from the Imramma Bran.
What do I look for when reading the mythology? Important life lessons, the characters of the gods, indications of how I should behave.
Of course I look for religious implications in the story. Such works not only touch on the nature of the Gods, but humanity's relationship to them (it can enlighten us about how our ancestors approached religion, and give us an opportunity to connect with the divine in a new way.)
When I read about Theseus' founding of the worship of Aphrodite-Peitho (Aphrodite and Persuasion) soon after founding Athens, I can see not only piety, but how action translated itself to worship (Theseus had to convince many leaders to found the city, ergo he had a temple erected to Aphrodite Who Persuades.) When I read about the infant Hermes stealing cattle and then gaining Apollo's favor through the musical instrument he made, I understand something of art's relation to commerce, and how the cleverness of the gods can bring beauty from unexpected places.
Whether or not such stories were true in the mortal, historical sense, they still contain truths about Gods and humans, and so can nourish our spirits.
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