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The Sacred Isle: Belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland Hardcover – 29 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; First Edition edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851157475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851157474
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent book... a highly accessible and lively assessment of c ontinuity and change in belief and religion from pre-Celtic times through to the arrival of St Patrick. ...A fine book and to be recommended to a wide readership, especially to all those who think that Irish history started in 1601. IRISH STUDIES REVIEW The focus of this book is the evidence for pagan cult systems in ancient Ireland, particularly the period 500BC to AD600...on the whole a thoroughly researched and rigorously referenced study... a useful reference work. ZEITSCHRFT FUR CELTISCHE PHILOLOGIE

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A clear and comprehensive survey of the lore and rituals of pre-Christian Ireland.

Combines the evidence from folklore, early literature and archaeology to establish ancient views of the otherworlds and its interface with hunman life.
Commences with the earliest known settlements in Ireland and proceeds to a discussion of druidic teaching and practice, as far as the introduction of Christianity.

Sheds light on the connections between ideas, narratives and material artefacts. Detailed with copious notes and supplemented with an outstanding bibliography. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
At a time when a lot of drivel is written about the celts and what they believed in an attempt to give credibility to certain new age beliefs, it is refreshing to come across a writer who sifts the knowable from the unknowable. After all it wasn't until the coming of Christianity to Ireland that anything started to be written down. Dr O'hOgain uses all available material, archealogical evidence, traditional oral tales and the material the early Irish monks wrote down of their pagan countrymen, to give us, probably the most authentic picture possible of the beliefs and practices of the Pre Christian Irish. Dr O'hOgain is based at University College Dublin and has written extensively about Irish folk lore and tales. He knows his stuff! Particularly interesting is the final chapter on the coming of Christianity to Ireland which goes some way to explain the very different nature of Christianity that existed in Ireland right up to the mid Nineteenth century, and, perhaps, the still prevalent emphasis on holy sites in Ireland. The only fault with the book is the lack of an index.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2002
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An excellent book, which concentrates on the religious beliefs of pagan Ireland, based on both archaeology and mythological material. Ó hÓgáin discusses general topics, such as druidry, the images of Irish deities and the impact of Christianity in customs and beliefs. An original feature of the book is that it consecrates a whole chapter on the culture of the pre-Celtic people of Ireland and how it affected 'Celtic' religion, a topic much neglected in the past even by eminent scholars, like Mac Cana, or Rees and Rees. The examination of Sovereignty rites, and of the continuity of pagan well cult in Christian times by Ó hÓgáin, is particularly illuminating. A weak point of the book is the lack of an index, which makes it difficult to use.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough and scholarly 16 Jun. 2003
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Format: Hardcover
This is a definitive work on the subject. The author surpasses credible to the level of genuine expert. I feel safe in trusting his research and speculations. Being a scholarly work, the book isn't for the faint of heart (it can be thick reading at times), but if your into Celtic studies, the history of Ireland, the history of the Druids, then this book is a must and should be read and referred to again and again. The author uses a wonderful blend of archaeology, literature, and mythology not only of Ireland, but also from a vast range of sources. He ties in accounts of the Continental Celts, the Indo-Europeans, the Greek and Roman sources, and even accounts from India (Vedic, rig Veda, etc). The author gives us a complete picture that is supported by a myriad of sources and language associations. The only thing that I felt could have enhanced the book would be an index. Very great work, well worth the money.
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Excellent! Very blunt, well put, and provides the information in a way that is no nonsense, straight way. Loved it.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
WOW! A stunning work that every Celt/Irish nut will want! 5 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
O'Hogain has done it again, by providing another invaluable resource for those interested in learning more about Celtic and Irish pre-christian religion. Very well-researched and written, this book will take you on a journey back in time, which you'll never forget! Don't miss his other works either.
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Frustrating! 19 Jan. 2012
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent text. Precise annotations. Comprehensive bibliography. But no index. This omission is sure to frustrate any researcher who intends the book as a reference source.
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