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The Sea Cat
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Sep 07, 2011, 12:29
drewbhoy wrote:
The Sea Cat wrote:
juamei wrote:
The Sea Cat wrote:
Resonox wrote:
tjj wrote:
Not hard to see why clean, clear springs were held in such reverence by our ancestors.


Would our ancestors not perhaps have used streams to wash away their own effluence??? So perhaps they would've been regarded as "sacred" as a cleanser as much as the other uses for water(already mentioned).


I think they would have differentiated between sacred wells/springs etc. and water sources for practical uses.


Unless they were considered sacred since they carried human waste away...


The Celts saw water as the entrance to the Other World. Hence the Danube being named after the Celtic Goddess Danu, for example.


Don't know about down your way but a lot of sacred wells up here are close to cairns. Any connection or are both seemed useful to get to the next work. Thought this yesterday morning, St Colm's Well near Alvah Hill (home to 3 cairns) and St Devenick's near where a cairn once stood at Little Gight in the Ythan Valley.


The Chalice Well at Glastonbury:

http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

One of my favourite places. You must visit it sometime.

:-)
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