Waddell, John





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Waddell, John, Archaeology and Celtic myth: an exploration, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014.

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Archaeology and Celtic myth: an exploration
Place
Dublin
Publisher
Four Courts Press
Year
2014
Description
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Chapters: 1. Confronting ancient myth; 2. The Otherworld hall on the Boyne; 3. The elusive image; 4. In pursuit of the Otherworld; 5. The horse goddess; 6. The goddess of sovereignty; 7. Sacral kingship; Epilogue.
Abstract (cited)
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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C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen