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Continuity, cult and contest

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dc.contributor.author Waddell, John en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-25T15:00:43Z en
dc.date.available 2011-07-25T15:00:43Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation John Waddell, Continuity, cult and contest, in Landscapes of Cult and Kingship, edited by Roseanne Schot, Conor Newman and Edel Bhreathnach, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2011, 192-212. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2075 en
dc.description.abstract The degree to which pagan traditions influenced early medieval Irish literature has been the subject of some debate. The phrase a window on the Iron Age once encapsulated a view that epic tales in particular depicted a real prehistoric past. The general rejection of this thesis has accentuated a perception of a wide gulf between pagan and Christian Ireland. Archaeology now offers considerable evidence for continuity in funerary ritual, art and monument usage between pagan pre-Christian times and the early Medieval era. This is especially evident at archaeological complexes such as Teltown (Tailtiu), Rathcroghan (Cruachain) and Tara and in a number of literary references to pagan prophetic or divinatory practices at prehistoric burial mounds in Medieval times. The process of the Christianization of Ireland is often seen as an instance of religious syncreticism, a fusion of the old and the new, but the ready acceptance of a syncretic model obscures how complex, prolonged and contested this process may have been. Proof copy of article. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Four Courts Press en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Archaeology en
dc.subject Prehistory en
dc.subject Ritual en
dc.subject Pagan en
dc.subject Early Medieval en
dc.subject Early Christian en
dc.subject Teltown en
dc.subject Rathcroghan en
dc.subject Tara en
dc.title Continuity, cult and contest en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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