In this series of essays Proinsias Mac Cana deals with the concepts of unity — geographical, cultural and political — in Irish, Welsh, and Gaulish tradition. He draws on his profound knowledge of the languages and literatures of the Celtic-speaking peoples, as well as on Roman accounts of Continental Celtic society. He also provides a comparative study of traditions regarding unity in Indian and south-east Asian societies.

The book is divided into four parts, preceded by an Introduction. The parts are entitled

  1. ‘The Paradox of Irish History’, 
  2. ‘The Sacred Centre in Comparative Traditions’, 
  3. ‘The Ideology of Cultural Unity in Ireland’, and 
  4. ‘Reflections’. 

The book contains a total of nineteen chapters. Proinsias Mac Cana (1926–2004) devoted himself particularly to the study of the mythology of the Celtic-speaking peoples, and in 1970 Hamlyn published his general survey of the field entitled Celtic Mythology. He was co-author (with Tomás Ó Floinn) of Scéalaíocht na Ríthe (Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1956), and also author of Branwen daughter of Llŷr (University of Wales Press 1958), The learned tales of medieval Ireland (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 1980) and Collège des Irlandais Paris & Irish Studies (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 2001), as well as numerous articles in Ériu, Celtica, Études celtiques, and other journals.

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ISBN/EAN 9781855002197
Author Proinsias Mac Cana
Publisher Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
Publication date 19 Jun 2011
Format Hardback
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The Cult Of The Sacred Centre: Essays On Celtic Ideology

Proinsias Mac Cana

In this book Proinsias Mac Cana looks at the concepts of unity from the geographical political and cultural point of view in Irish, Gaulish and Welsh traditions.

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