Story Archaeology

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Tag Archives: Ochtriul

Heapstown Cairn ~ The Well of Octriul

Heapstown cairn is not impressive; well, not at first view.  Not far away, high on the slopes of the Bricklieve hills, set against the skyline are the bald, one-eyed heads, like ancient Formoire giants.  There are so many cairns, each evoking mystery and speculation. Then there is Heapstown, the greatest of all cairns outside the Boyne …

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The Landscape of a Story ~ notes to accompany the podcast episode

Notes intended to be read as an accompaniment to the podcast episode As we mentioned in the podcast, examining the story of Moytura is somewhat like staring into the reflecting levels of a lake. You may focus your vision on the ripple-transformed surface or look deeper into the shadowed depths for hidden treasures. Observing and …

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The Battle of Moytura 07: Reflections of Moytura – The Landscape of a Story (Part 2)

Now that we have the entire saga before us, we can take a step back and see what shapes and patterns emerge.  Is the saga a patchwork of tales with unnecessary repetition, or is there some significance to all its duplications and reflections? Enter the realm of Experimental Story Archaeology in the first episode to …

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The Battle of Moytura 07: Reflections of Moytura – The Landscape of a Story (Part 1)

Now that we have the entire saga before us, we can take a step back and see what shapes and patterns emerge.  Is the saga a patchwork of tales with unnecessary repetition, or is there some significance to all its duplications and reflections? Enter the realm of Experimental Story Archaeology in the first episode to …

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The Forge and the Well

from Cath Maige Tuired, Sections 122-3, Lines 526 – 543 Edition: Elizabeth Gray Translation: Isolde Carmody To accompany our discussion of the Four Craftsmen, here are the sections of the text describing the beautifully choreographed work in the forge.  I’ve also included the following section describing the family of physicians working around the well of …

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The Battle of Moytura 05: Inna Cethóir Cerdi – The Four Craftsmen

The technology of Dían Cécht, Goibniu, Luchta and Creidne Cerd is pivotal in the Battle of Moytura.  As People of Craft, the Túatha Dé Danann treasure the skills of their makers and shapers. The Story Archaeologists find evidence of their crafting on every stratum of the Battle of Moytura and far beyond. Don’t forget to …

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Heapstown Cairn ~ The Well of Octriul

Heapstown cairn is not impressive; well, not at first view.  Not far away, high on the slopes of the Bricklieve hills, set against the skyline are the bald, one-eyed heads, like ancient Formoire giants.  There are so many cairns, each evoking mystery and speculation. Then there is Heapstown, the greatest of all cairns outside the Boyne …

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