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Gods, Heroes, & KingsThe Battle for Mythic Britain$
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Christopher R. Fee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174038.001.0001

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Sācred Objects ānd Plāces

Sācred Objects ānd Plāces

(p.111) 3 Sācred Objects ānd Plāces
Gods, Heroes, & Kings

Christopher R. Fee

David A. Leeming

Oxford University Press

Mythology is naturally permeated by sacred objects and places. Symbols provide the language through which a human being may transcend the individual and participate in the universal. This chapter discusses various sacred places and objects associated with Germanic and Celtic mythology. It examines the Norse and Germanic conception of the world tree, the practice of venerating sacred groves and mighty trees, and the popularity of the Cult of the Cross. This chapter also describes sanctuaries and numinous places such as Colonus, Mount Sinai, Delphi, Jerusalem, and Mecca, and sacred places in Britain that are associated with the Arthurian legend.

Keywords:   sacred places, symbols, Norse, Germanic, world tree, Cult of the Cross, sanctuaries, numinous places, Arthurian legend

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