Antone Lanatà Minard

Limited-term lecturer


Research interests

  • Celtic literature
  • Victorian Welsh and Breton folklore
  • Welsh-language concepts of the supernatural


  • PhD, Folklore and Mythology, UCLA
  • MA, Folklore and Mythology, UCLA
  • BA, Anthopology and Medieval Studies, UC, Berkeley


Antone's background is in the field of traditional narrative and its intersection with ancient, medieval, and oral literatures. His specialty is Celtic-language literature, particularly Welsh, though he has also published on Old Irish and Breton. His current research involves the supernatural in Welsh culture, and through that he is involved with the Mari Lwyd revival at the Vancouver Welsh Society, where he also teaches the Welsh language.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.



  • (ed) Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and Tradition: A World Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, ABC-Clio Press, 2015)
  • (ed) The Celts: History, Life, and Culture. Two Volumes (Santa Barbara, ABC-Clio Press, 2012).
  • John T. Koch, in collaboration with Raimund Karl, Antone Minard, and Simon Ó Faoláin. An Atlas for Celtic Studies: Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Britain and Brittany. John T. Koch, in collaboration with Raimund Karl, Antone Minard, and Simon Ó Faoláin. Celtic Studies Publications XII (Oxford: Oxbow Books and Celtic Studies Publications 2007).

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “A Horrifying Beast to Behold: The Celtic Dragon,” in press (Brepols; volume ed. J. Nagy), Summer 2019.
  • “The Mystery of Saint Cuthbert’s Ducks: An Adventure in Hagiography,” Folklore 127:3 (December 2016), 325–343.
  • “‘Like a Dying Duck in a Thunderstorm’: Complex Weather Systems through the Lens of Folk Belief and Language,” Western Folklore 69:1 (Summer, 2010), 105–115.
  • “Colorful Monsters: The Afanc in Medieval Welsh Narrative,” CSANA Yearbook 6 (2007) 120–131.
  • “Mercheta and the Validity of Cumbric” Studi Celtici 2 (2003), 133–142.
  • “The Ghost Who Drowned the World: A Migratory Legend in Medieval Celtic Tradition” Studi Celtici 1 (2002), 113–156.
  • “A Calabrian Bandit in Australia: The Ballad of Giuseppe Musolino” Canu Gwerin 25 (2002), 26–47.
  • “Pre-Packaged Breton Folk Narrative.” In New Directions in Celtic Studies, A. Hale and P. Payton, editors. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000, 52–68.
  • “The Dialogue between King Arthur and Gwenc’hlan: A Translation.” Comitatus 30 (1999), 167–178.
  • “Of Horses and Humans: The Divine Twins in Celtic Mythology and Folklore.” Journal of Indo-European Studies, Monograph Series 28. Proceedings of the Ninth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference: Los Angeles, May 23, 24, 1997, 158–178.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Mary-Ann Constantine, Breton Ballads in Journal of Folklore Research 35:2 (May-August 1998), 171-172.
  • Review of Anne Ross, The Folklore of Wales in Folklore 114:3 (December 2003), 435–436.
  • Review of Jacqueline Simpson, The Folklore of the Welsh Border: in Folklore 116:1 (April, 2005), 103–104.
  • Review of Phoebe Kropp’s California Vieja in Folklore 120:2 (August 2009), 225–6.
  • Review of Maria Tatar’s Secrets from behind the Door in Folklore 120:3 (December, 2009), 342–3.
  • Review of John Carey’s Ireland and the Grail in Speculum 85:1 (2010), 121.
  • Review of Stephen Knight’s Merlin: Knowledge and Power through the Ages in Speculum 86:3 (2011), 775–777.
  • Review of Lahey Preston-Matto’s Aislinge Meic Conglinne: The Vision of Mac Conglinne in Eolas 5 (2011), 210–213.
  • Review of Michael Newton’s Celts in the Americas in the CSANA Newsletter (May, 2014)
  • Review of Anders Alqvist and Pamela O’Neill’s, “Celts and their Cultures at Home and Abroad: A Festschrift for Malcolm Broun” Speculum 90:2 (April, 2015) 485–487.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • “Romance Mythology,” in Mythology: Myths, Legends, and Fantasies. Janet Parker and Julie Stanton, eds. (Willoughby, Australia: Global Book Publishing, 2003), 264–271.
  • “Technology Aids in Understanding Stonehenge’s Mystery,” online in ABC-Clio’s World Geography: Understanding a Changing World (2011)
  • “The Real Men behind the Legend of King Arthur,” online in ABC-Clio’s World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (2011)

Encyclopedia of Celtic Culture and History

  • Under 500 words: Acte d’Union, Brittany (1532); Alan Varveg; Anaon; Ancyra/Ankara; Ankou; Anna, Dukez Breizh; Annales de Bretagne; Ar Skanv, Milig; Æthelstan; Bedwyr; Brest; Camma; Coic, Youenn; cën Annwn; De Clare, Richard (known as Strongbow); Denez, Per; Dian Cécht; Domnonia; Erispoë; Fleuriot, Léon; games; Gourvil, Francis; Gwened (Vannes/Vannetais); Gwernig, Youenn; gwyddbwyll; Ihuellou, Garmenig; imbolc; Karaez (Carhaix); Kentigerna, St; Kernev; Kilkenny, Statutes of; Le Grand, Albert; Leon; Loch Garman (Wexford); lugnasad/lughnasadh; Luzel, François-Marie (known as Fañch an Uhel); Midsummer’s Day; miraculous weapons [2] Wales; Montroulez/Morlaix; Naoned (Nantes); Nominoe/Nevenoe; Ó Rathile, Tomás (Thomas F. O’Rahilly); Paul Aurelian, St; Pergamon; Roazhon (Rennes); Salomon; Samson, St; smuggling in the Celtic world [1] overview; Teudebur map Bili; Treger; Uuinuualoe, St.
  • 500-1000 words: afanc; Ar C’halan, Reun; Asterix; boar; Breton lays; Breton migrations; Cerne Abbas; Coligny calendar; Cumbria; Cunomor / Conomor; drunkenness; legendary animals; Mael Rubai; wine
  • 1000-2000 words: beltaine; Breizh; flood legends; folk tales and legends [1] Irish / [4] Welsh / [5] Breton; samain; Stonehenge; supersitions (with Victoria Simmons)
  • Over 2000 words: calendar, Celtic; fairies; foodways in the Celtic countries (with Wendy Davies)

Conference Presentations

  • “Branwen and the Mari Lwyd: An Enduring Cultural Metaphor, ”Celtic Studies Association of North America, 3/2018 Los Angeles, CA
  • “The Herpetology of Dragons, ”Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 5/2015 Los Angeles, CA
  • “Dark Age Legends: Peredur and Ar(f)derydd, Revisited,” Celtic Studies Association of North America, 3/2015 Berkeley, CA
  • “Mae’r Hen Iaith yn Parháu: The Welsh Language in Vancouver,” Modern Language Association 1/2015 Vancouver, BC
  • “The Plucky Playwright versus the Weight of Tradition,” Classical Association of the Canadian West / the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest 3/2014 Vancouver, BC
  • “Deconstructing the Dagda: Towards an Understanding of the Gods in Medieval Irish Literature,” On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies 6/2013 Vancouver, BC
  • “Pliny and Peredur: The Multivalent Supernatural,” Celtic Studies Association of North America 4/2013, Toronto, ON
  • “The Mystery of Saint Cuthbert’s Ducks: The Medieval Hagiographer as Cultural Mediator,” American Academy of Religion 11/2012 Chicago, IL
  • “How Homeless Are You? Recording Narratives among Homeless Teens,” Western States Folklore Society 4/2008 Davis, CA
  • “Peredur’s Zoo: “Natural and Unnatural Animals in the Welsh Triads,” California Celtic Conference 3/2008 Los Angeles, CA
  • “Nid Oes Sicrwydd Hollol: Welsh Supernatural Vocabulary,” Harvard Celtic Colloquium 10/2006 Cambridge, MA
  • “Cheney Hunts Quail, Everyone Else Ducks: The Duck in Folk Humor and Folk Speech,” Western States Folklore Society 4/2006 Berkeley, CA
  • “Meeting Medb’s Mother-in-Law: The Aquatic Monster in Celtic Mythology,” Celtic Studies Association of North America 3/2006 Los Angeles,CA
  • “Murderous Midwives and Larcenous Lycanthropes: Reconciling the Seemingly Disparate in Breton Folklore,” Celtic Folk Studies Conference 7 /2005 Cardiff, Wales
  • “Boozy Babysitters and Wacky Werewolves: Adolphe Orain’s Contribution to Breton Folklore,” California Celtic Colloquium 3/2005 Berkeley, CA
  • “The Proctor Valley Monster: San Diego's Own Alien / Bigfoot / Big Cat / Chupacabras / Hook-Handed Satan-Worshipping Escaped Lunatic Klansman and the Original Mad Cow” (submitted as “San Diego Legends”), California Folklore Society 4/2004 Northridge, CA 
  • “The Proctor Valley Monster: San Diego's Own Alien / Bigfoot / Big Cat / Chupacabras / Hook-Handed Satan-Worshipping Escaped Lunatic Klansman and the Original Mad Cow” (submitted as “San Diego Legends”) revised and presented at: American Folklore Society 10/2004 Salt Lake City
  • “Creepy-Crawlies and the Supernatural: The Etymologies of bug and púca Revisited,” California Celtic Colloquium 3/2004 Los Angeles,CA 
  • “Children’s Literature and the Environment” (panel presentation with Gerald McDermott and Linda Salem) Spirits of the Land Conference 2/2004 San Diego, CA
  • “Fou! Fad! Fec’h! Ec’h!: Stone Giants and Their Occasional Use as Folk Medicine,” Celtic Studies Association of North America 4/2003 Berkeley, CA
  • “Lan-Sant-Who?: Folk Etymology and Belief in Breton History and Narrative” Fforwm Prosiect Celtigrwydd, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd (Celticity Project Forum, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) 10/2002 Aberystwyth, Wales 
  • “Breton Saints’ Legends” Cylch Trafod Llydaw / Breton Study Seminar 6/2002 Aberystwyth, Wales
  • “Eating Epona: Horses and Dogs as Celtic Food Animals” Folklore Society 3/2002 Cardiff, Wales
  • “From Dog Soup to Nettle Soup: Ancient Celtic Foodways” Fforwm Prosiect Celtigrwydd, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd (Celticity Project Forum, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) 10/2001 Aberystwyth, Wales
  • “More Than MacDonald’s: Celtic Foodways” Harvard Celtic Colloquium 10/2001 Cambridge, MA
  • “A Calabrian Bandit in Australia: The Ballad of Peppi Musulinu” Cymdeithas Alawon Gwerin Cymru (The Welsh Folksong Society) 9/2001 Llangrannog, Wales
  • “A, B, K, D...: Lexicography in Minority Languages” The Modern Language Association of North America 12/2000 Washington, D.C.
  • “ Breton Identity in the Information Age.” Revisionary Celts: Local and Global Identities in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany 12/2000 Los Angeles, CA
  • “A Folklorist among the Kumeyaay” American Folklore Society 10/2000 Columbus, OH
  • “Celtic Dictionary: Friend or Foe?” Celtic Studies Association of North America 3/2000 St. Louis, MO
  • “Saints on the Boundary: The Narrative Genre of Brythonic Saints’ Lives.” California Celtic Conference 3/2000 Los Angeles, CA
  • “And All the Torturers Sing!: Breton and Cornish Dramatic Hagiography” American Folklore Society 10/1999 Memphis, TN
  • “Celtic Elements in the Lives of Saint Samson of Dol” Harvard Celtic Colloquium 5/1999 Cambridge, MA
  • “The King of Spain’s Daughter: Fictional Geography in Luzel’s Kontadennoù ar Bobl” California Celtic Conference 4/1999 Berkeley, CA
  • “Guary ha C’hoari: Medieval Breton and Cornish Drama” Celtic Studies Association of North America 4/1999 New York City, NY
  • “Thousands of Things Worth Their Knowing: Welsh Folk Medicine in America” American Folklore Society 10/1997 Austin, TX
  • “Of Horses and Humans: The Divine Twins in Celtic Mythology.” Conference of Indo-European Studies 5/1997 Los Angeles, CA
  • “Advice to the Lovelorn: Wasting Sickness Among the Celts.” California Folklore Society 4/1997 Santa Barbara, CA
  • “Death and the Drowned City: Modern Breton Legends.” California Celtic Conference 3/1997 Berkeley, CA
  • “We're Only Italian at Christmas” (Foodways panel) American Folklore Society 10/1996 Pittsburg, PA
  • “La Buhez Santez Nonn (La Vie de Sainte Nonne)” (delivered in French) Centre Int’l de Recherche et de Documentation sur le Monachisme Celtique 7/1996 Landévennec, France
  • “Peronnik the Fool: The Grail Cycle in Nineteenth Century Brittany.” Celtic Studies Association of North America/ California Celtic Conference 5/1996 Los Angeles, CA
  • “Days of Our (Saints') Lives: The Medieval Breton Drama of the Life of Saint Nonn.” Saints in Folklore Conference 5/1995 Los Angeles, CA
  • “Gwladfa Patagonia: The Welsh in South America” California Celtic Conferece 3/1995 Berkeley, CA