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The Sacred Isle: Belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland - Daithi O. Hogain, Dáithí O hOgain
The Sacred Isle: Belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland
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The myths and legends of prehistoric Ireland have inspired writers through the ages, down to W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney in our own century, but what do we know of the realities of ancient Irish belief? Daithi O hOgain's book approaches the question by studying archaeological remains such as... show more
The myths and legends of prehistoric Ireland have inspired writers through the ages, down to W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney in our own century, but what do we know of the realities of ancient Irish belief? Daithi O hOgain's book approaches the question by studying archaeological remains such as tumuli, stone henges and circular enclosures and analysing the rich materials that have been handed down both in the great cycles of Irish heroic tales and the humble but significant survivals of modern folklore, for instance the traditions associated with wells and springs. Drawing evidence from these varied sources, he arrives at a balanced picture of a society and its beliefs which have all too often been the subject of conjecture and fancy. CONTENTS Pre-Celtic Cultures . Basic Tenets in the Iron Age . The Druids and their Practices . The Teachings of the Druids . The Society of the Gods . The Rites of Sovereignty . The Triumph of Christianity. DAITHI O HOGAIN is Associate Professor of Folklore at University College Dublin.
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Format: Textbook
ISBN: 9780851157474 (0851157475)
ASIN: 9780851157474
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.5
A lot of this didn't quite gel with me and the last chapter about the defeat of paganism by Christianity was quite simplistic. It was a lot of good food for thought and the bibliography probably good for mining for information.
A' Mire Ri Leabhraichean
A' Mire Ri Leabhraichean rated it
3.0
I had a few problems reading this book. 1. I had no clue to whom Dáithí Ó hÓgáin was referring when he used the term "Celt" - as I am used to Celtic being a reference to certain languages that had grown out of those areas that traded with mainland Europe, not a people who invaded or settled certai...
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