The Resource Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland, Walter L. Brenneman, Jr., Mary G. Brenneman

Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland, Walter L. Brenneman, Jr., Mary G. Brenneman

Label
Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland
Title
Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland
Statement of responsibility
Walter L. Brenneman, Jr., Mary G. Brenneman
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Even before the time of the Celts, Ireland was believed to be a land of power that "welled up" from the earth in the form of bubbling springs and healing waters. The myths and rituals surrounding these holy wells have been modified through the centuries as pre-Celtic and Celtic rituals blended with Christian traditions to form the combination of rites performed at these sites today. Drawing on fifteen years of fieldwork and archival research, conversations with local informants, and scrutiny of dozens of maps ancient and modern, the Brennemans have written the first study of these wells that offers an in-depth interpretation of their symbolism and their mythological and ritual origins. More than two dozen photographs and a map of the wells cited in the text portray the authors' journey throughout Ireland to recover the archaic patterns that link past and present, pagan and Christian. Some of the wells photographed in the early years of their research have become inactive, and some Celtic practices have disappeared, leaving these photographs, in some instances, the only remaining record. Enhancing the photographs and research are numerous tales about trees at the wells that when cut will not burn, stones associated with the wells that when removed always return, and trout living in the wells that when caught cannot be cooked. Drawing largely on the work of historian of religions Mircea Eliade in interpreting these phenomena, the Brennemans have developed an original concept, the "loric," that is used to identify a particular form of power tied to and arising from a specific locality. They then contrast the loric with the "sacred," a universalizing and world-creating power. Complementing this theoretical treatment are insights into the influence of St. Patrick and the Christian symbolism at the wells
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brenneman, Walter L
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GR153.5
LC item number
.B74 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Brenneman, Mary G
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holy wells
  • Folklore
  • Mythology, Celtic
  • Heilige Quelle
  • Bildband
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Irland
Label
Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland, Walter L. Brenneman, Jr., Mary G. Brenneman
Link
https://archive.org/details/crossingcircleat00bren
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-137) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 141 pages
Isbn
9780813915487
Lccn
94018909
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30437580
  • (OCoLC)ocm30437580
Label
Crossing the circle at the holy wells of Ireland, Walter L. Brenneman, Jr., Mary G. Brenneman
Link
https://archive.org/details/crossingcircleat00bren
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-137) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 141 pages
Isbn
9780813915487
Lccn
94018909
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30437580
  • (OCoLC)ocm30437580

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