High Places and Royal Shrines

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Title: High Places and Royal Shrines
Authors: Peatfield, Alan A.D.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6815
Date: Aug-2013
Abstract: Tara’s historical associations with the high kings of Ireland give it a unique role in Irish culture. This paper sets out to contextualise that role cross-culturally by drawing comparisons within a broader phenomenology of high-place shrines, particularly those that have royal associations. Presented here, therefore, are two case- studies: one archaeological (the mountain shrines of Bronze Age Crete, the Minoan peak sanctuaries) and one literary-historical (the bamoth high places of biblical Israel). The Minoan archaeological comparison obviously has no direct connection with Ireland, but it may illuminate some of the processes in the evolution and organisation of royal hill-shrines. The biblical case- study may have other resonances, however, given that Irish medieval chroniclers made conscious efforts to create a biblical genealogy for the high kings who claimed Tara, and played upon its symbolism.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Wordwell
Keywords: Peak sanctuaries;Jouktas;Knossos;Bamoth
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: O'Sullivan, M., Scarre, C. and Doyle, M. (eds.). Tara: from the past to the future. Towards a new research agenda
Appears in Collections:Archaeology Research Collection

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