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    Death in an Irish Village - the resilience of ritual

    Ryan, Salvador (2016) Death in an Irish Village - the resilience of ritual. The Furrow, 67 (11). pp. 618-622. ISSN 0016-3120

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    In my childhood, the rituals surrounding death in the homes of rural Ireland had a certain texture and feel to them and with that came a heightened religious sensitivity. There were some things that just had to be done, not because a book instructed that it be so, but because these rituals were passed down through the generations, the old instructing the young. They were 'owned' by the people and thus their performance was simply second nature. This ownership of ritual, largely by the lay faithful, in a domestic setting, and the elements which constitute what I like to term 'tangible religion' 1 is perhaps a key to their endurance in many parts of the country to this day. Perhaps there is something to be learned or, indeed, re-learned here.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Death; Irish; Village; resilience; ritual;
    Academic Unit: St Patrick's College, Maynooth > Faculty of Theology
    Item ID: 8240
    Depositing User: Prof. Salvador Ryan
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 16:23
    Journal or Publication Title: The Furrow
    Publisher: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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