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Hunting the deer in Celtic and Info-European Mythological Contexts

Fomin, Maxim (2018) Hunting the deer in Celtic and Info-European Mythological Contexts. In: Celtic Myth in the 21st Century: The Gods and their Stories in a Global Perspective. (Eds: Lyle, Emily), University of Wales Press, Cardiff, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9781786832054 [Book section]

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The contribution explores various mythological concepts concerning the domestication of space and the taming of wild nature, the hunt of the deer as the epitome of the process, including its subject (‘the hunter’) and the object (‘the prey’), the interrelationship between the two and their interdependence on each other for their subsequent survival and success. The data provided by the Irish written sources, as well as by the iconographic depictions of the deer hunt in Continental Celtic and medieval Irish monuments, together with data of a comparative mythological nature, confirms that the domestication of space by a hero of a semi-divine status by way of hunting is a central feature of various Indo-European traditions, in which various religious figures embodying the veneration of wild nature are found.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Celtic mythology; sacred hunt; deer-hunt; early Irish kingship; Celtic iconography of the wild animals; Irish High Crosses; Lycian inscriptions; St. Patrick; Fenian hunting tales
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:36942
Deposited By: Dr Maxim Fomin
Deposited On:18 Apr 2017 20:09
Last Modified:24 Mar 2018 23:58

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