In a land like ours, the old beliefs bring pleasure and wisdom…Exploring the legends, special places and treasured practices of old, Jo Kerrigan reveals a rich world beneath Ireland’s modern layers.So many of today’s Irish traditions reach back to our ancient past, to the natural world: climbing to the summit of a mountain at harvest time; circling a revered site three, seIn a land like ours, the old beliefs bring pleasure and wisdom…Exploring the legends, special places and treasured practices of old, Jo Kerrigan reveals a rich world beneath Ireland’s modern layers.So many of today’s Irish traditions reach back to our ancient past, to the natural world: climbing to the summit of a mountain at harvest time; circling a revered site three, seven or nine times in a sun-wise direction; hanging offerings on a thorn tree; bringing the ailing and infirm to a sacred well.Old Ways, Old Secrets shows us how to uncover the wisdom of the past, as fresh as it is ancient....
|Title||:||Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * Tradition|
|Number of Pages||:||352 Pages|
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Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * Tradition Reviews
It wasn't that this was a bad book; it wasn't. I think I was just expecting more somehow. The book shares some local info from where the author is, abbreviated stories at the end, and there are a lot of pictures. I generally start every book thinking to give it five stars, then remove stars in my mind as needed. My reasons for removing two stars are: 1. Some of the factual (rather than cultural) information is inaccurate. It repeats common urban legend, but it doesn't provide fact. 2. There are a lot of pictures. That's grand and all, even adds to the text in some places, but many of the photos are not needed- like a picture of pigs that takes up half a page in one of the stories. We all know what a pig looks like. 3. There are random phrases taken out of the text and blown up on the pages. This, combined with the large, sometimes not enhancing, pictures leads to a lot of filler. I didn't want filler. I wanted content. Other than that, grand read. A fair amount of it is different than what I believe or what my family passed down, but that's the thing about Ireland- you cross over a hill or into another town and it all changes. It was interesting to see a different perspective, though I'm not sure how much I trust what's written because the things that were fact-checkable often didn't check out.
Well written. It was so interesting to read such an in-depth telling of ancient Irish folklore.
This book is a thorough introduction to the mystical places and stories of Ireland. As a writer of novels that include Celtic mythology, I originally picked this book up to serve as part of my research library and was immediately drawn into reading the whole thing. Additionally, the books is incredibly beautiful--the formatting, photos, and even the attached ribbon bookmark were special touches. Wonderful addition to my library!!
Loved this book !!! A must read for all lovers of Ireland ! An absolutely delightful read that takes you from your cozy chair into the very heart of Ireland with it's wonderful and colourful Pagan history. If you are lucky enough to visit Ireland and spend some time acquainting yourself with local people I suspect you will catch glimpses of what Jo so eloquently describes. (Do take this book and a copy of her West Cork: A Place Apart with you !!!)
Great. I loved this book. ignited my passion for Ireland.
Lovely book. Great for reference information.
I loved this book. It brings you to a general topic of most known and some unknown stories of Ireland. I personally likes it because it motivated me enough to research them deeper on my own. tip; read this book in a park on a warm day. it'll give away its charm especially.