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.
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