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Tara
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Tara

Tara is a female deity in both Hinduism and Buddhism who personifies compassion and offers salvation from the suffering of rebirth and death. She is thought to have been born of empathy for the suffering world and is regularly invoked for...
Hill of Tara
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is an ancient Neolithic Age site in County Meath, Ireland. It was known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the site of coronations, a place of assembly for the enacting and reading of laws, and for religious festivals...
Flann Sinna
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Flann Sinna

Flann Sinna (r. 879-916 CE) was a High King of Ireland from the Kingdom of Mide (Meath) and a member of the Clann Cholmain, a branch of the Southern Ui Neill dynasty. His name is pronounced “Flahn Shinna” and means “Flann...
Ancient Ireland
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Ireland

Ireland is an island country located in the North Atlantic, bounded by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St. George's Channel. It is known as Eire in the Gaelic language, which comes from the old Irish Eriu, the name of a daughter of...
Saint Patrick
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick (5th century CE) is the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history. He was a Roman citizen of Britain (known as Patricius) who was captured by pirates at the age of sixteen and sold...
Top 5 Historic Day Trip Sites to Visit Close to Dublin
Articleby Wanda Marcussen

Top 5 Historic Day Trip Sites to Visit Close to Dublin

Ireland is filled with historical sites and monuments. The 'Emerald Isle' always has something new in store for those who venture there and are eager to learn about its fascinating past. Many sites have a mystical past told through legends...
White Tara and Green Tara
Imageby Metropolitan Museum of Art

White Tara and Green Tara

White Tara and Green Tara, distemper on cloth painting, 1450-1500, Guge, Western Tibet. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Tibetan Book of the Dead
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the English translation of the Tibetan texts known as bar-do thos-grol (Bardo Thodol) – “Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State” – and serves as a guide for the soul of the deceased after...
Samhain
Definitionby Hillary Smith

Samhain

Samhain (pronounced “SOW-in” or “SAH-win”), was a festival celebrated by the ancient Celts halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It began at dusk around October 31st and likely lasted three days. Samhain marked the transition...
Celtic Brooches
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Celtic Brooches

Ancient and medieval Celtic cultures produced many forms of jewellery, and one distinctive category is their brooches, fibulae, and pins. Without zips and buttons, brooches were used to close items of clothing, to create a pleasing or fashionable...
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