On The Threshold
I also write for CVLT Nation and Profane Existence. Currently trying to write and illustrate a book on Irish mythology. Where I live is by an ancient burial mound in the mountains, which is a constant source of inspiration. If your looking for any artwork or layout design done get in touch.
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Found this skeletal snout on Achill Island, Co. Mayo.
I always thought seal skulls are like an unholy mix of dog and human!
It was believed in Ireland and also Scotland and Iceland that a shapeshifting seal-like creature known as a Selkie would come to land and shed its skin, becoming human. There are many stories relating to this myth in the folklore of these countries.
Well my kids crust band ‘Bloody Ear’ are getting on well. Some great comments by friends on facebook pages and also great to see it on Amebix’s facebook page too. And the great write up Meghan did on CVLT Nation. Also Bloody Ear got offered a gig at a great wee punk festival and have been asked to do two split releases. So all going to plan they/we are going to try and make up two more songs. But I’m not pushing anything it’s up to them completely. Some great comments saying it’s like Gallhammer and an atmosphere like Amebix’s Arise… it wasn’t their granny said that either :-) Oh yeah and a real nice person bought a download of the song on bandcamp for two quid. Thank you so much, it’s up for free but you have bought the bags of crisps for the weekend!
Knowth looks like something from the Lord of the Rings from the outside.
Inside its a neolithic passage tomb older and more technologically advanced than the pyramids at giza.
Knowth is aligned to the equinoxes something that would have taken an unusually advanced knowlege of astronomy and on a few days each year light used to travel up a narrow passage into the mound to illuminate a central chamber with big ‘basin stones’ shaped like cauldrons or alters. Today there is a large supporting wall put in to keep the structure intact so it doesnt happen.
Another unusually high tech feature is the corbelled roof, its is almost a perfect arch showing the builders were aware of the stresses and strains the roof would face and they built it so well using only stone materials and stone tools, without even using mortar that its lasted more than 5000 years and is still water tight. Despite the site being altered during various phases of occupation.
Knowth features in mythology as Cnogba, its linked with deities like Lugh, Aengus, the Dagda, Bui/The Cailleach and name might be related to the death of a goddess there or interestingly to the name for Hazel nuts (Cno) famously eaten there. Its interesting because it relates to the story of the near by river boyne.
The river came into the world from a well in the otherworld over hung by hazel trees. A salmon lived there and it got divine knowlege by eating the nuts that fell into the well. When the river entered our world the salmon swam down in to it and lived by the passage tombs until it was caught by Fionn who got divine inspiration from eating it.
The hazel nut had that role even outside myth, poets in medieval ireland called the struggle for inspiration ‘cracking the caill crimmon’ or cracking the hazel nuts. While we cant know what meaning the builders of knowth gave it. The story of the river and the hazel nuts might mean Cnogba was atleast a place associated with divine inspiration.