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The student's manual of Irish history


The student's manual of Irish history

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    Mary Frances Cusack
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE RELIGION, LANGUAGE, LAWS, ARCHITECTURE, DOMESTIC CUSTOMS, FOOD, DRESS, OCCUPATIONS, AND MUSIC OP THE PAGAN IRISH. FROM THE EARLIEST TRADITIONS TO A.D. 423. Section I. The Religion of the Pagan Irish. is considerable difficulty in ascertaining precisely .1. what form of religious belief prevailed in pagan Ireland. As St. Patrick and his disciples carefully destroyed all vestiges of idolatry, whether written or graven, information can be obtained only by inductions drawn from the few well- authenticated accounts. The earliest traditions represent the Irish Celt as a sun- worshipper, and indicate an Eastern origin for this purest form of paganism. The frequent erection of pillar-stones also points in the same direction. Hence, probably, the uniform tradition that the Lia Fail, or Stone of Destiny, which the late Dr. O'Donovan and many of the most careful Irish antiquarians believe still to exist at Tara, is identical with the stone which Jacob used as a pillow when he beheld the vision of the angels. It is quite possible that the stone may have been an object of reverence or worship, and that the first colonists brought it with them from the East. Whether they brought tho tradition of its origin, or whether it was put forward in Christian times, is quite another question. There is unquestionable proof that fire-worship was continued until the time of St. Patrick, and that some kind of idol worship had been introduced some centuries before, and was also practised when the Christian missionaries first visited Ireland. The indications of fire-worship remain inTHE RELIGION OP THE PAGAN IRISH. 39 the Celtic name for the first day of summer, Beltinne, which is thus explained:—' Beltinne, the lucky fire, that is, two fires which used to be made by the law-...   show more
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