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This volume represents research into Celtic cosmology. The world was mapped with words, as signposts for contemporary and future generations, conveying geographical, ethical and mythological guidelines.

Celtic Cosmology

Through storytelling, landscape and social space are processed in a framework of cosmic good and evil. Roads, rivers, mountains and hills are vital markers. Hills and caves were used in rituals and were seen as entrances to a subterranean otherworld where supernatural beings dwell and knowledge of the cosmos was believed to reside. This knowledge is not only connected with protection and violation of the landscape and waters, but also with the king, truth and justice.

Celtic Cosmology. Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland 

  • Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Seamus Mac Mathuna and Gregory Toner
  • Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2014
  • ISBN 978 08 88 44826 2