Archaeology and Celtic myth: an exploration [Paperback]

John Waddell (Author)

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ISBN: 9781846825903 | Published by: Four Courts Press | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 204p, b/w illus, col pls




Archaeology and Celtic myth: an exploration

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Many people are familiar with the Irish archaeological landscapes of Newgrange and the Boyne Valley, and the royal sites of Rathcroghan in Co. Roscommon, Navan in Co. Armagh and Tara in Co. Meath. In this book, John Waddell focuses on aspects of the mythology associated with these places, demonstrating that elements of pre-Christian Celtic myth preserved in medieval Irish literature shed light on older traditions and beliefs, not just in Ireland but elsewhere in Europe as well. Their mythological associations permit the exploration of the archaeological implications of several mythic themes, namely sacral kingship, a sovereignty goddess, solar cosmology and the perception of an Otherworld.

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