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Invoking Ireland

Author(s): John Moriarty

ISBN13: 9781843510796

ISBN10: 1843510790


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  • In this new anthology of myth, history and religion, Moriarty takes Irelands past - its megalithic times, its Celtic times, its Christian times, its modern times - and mirrors it in the psychic geography of the 21st century. He assembles a Tarot pack of myths, folktales, stories, symbols and images, plundering literary and historical texts - a prismatic, illuminating guide for those grappling with a complex, fragmented world of vying philosophies and creeds. Here in Irelands most ancient texts, oral and written in the 8th and 9th centuries, is an audacity of speculation and creation animating traditional stories. Moriarty brings them home for the contemporary reader in time-attested landscapes - Loughcrew, Tara, the Boyne, Newgrange, Keshcorran, Moyvane, Uisneach - among lakes, mountains, caves, rivers and woods. Tales of kings, priests, warriors and musicians, goddesses and scaldcrows reveal the heartbeat or the ordinary in the extraordinary, the flight of the mind, the eye of the imagination, continuing where Synge, Yeats and Lady Gregory left off a century ago.
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Invoking Ireland