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Anam Cara - A Book of Celtic Wisdom - John O'Donohue

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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Author: John O'Donohue

Brand: Harper Perennial

Color: Multicolor

Edition: 1St Edition


  • Anam Cara A Book of Celtic Wisdom

ISBN: 006092943X

Number Of Pages: 234

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Release Date: 1998-10-21

Details: Discover the Celtic Circle of Belonging

John O'Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom provide such profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death as:


  • Light is generous


  • The human heart is never completely born


  • Love as ancient recognition


  • The body is the angel of the soul


  • Solitude is luminous


  • Beauty likes neglected places


  • The passionate heart never ages


  • To benatural is to be holy


  • Silence is the sister of the divine


  • Death as an invitation to freedom

EAN: 9780060929435

Here is a brief summary of the Ogham alphabet.  Stay tuned for more detailed posts in the days to come.  Sign up below for the Ogham Art Newsletter to receive email notifications about new postings, blogs, products and events.

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Ogham is the earliest written form of Primitive Irish, the oldest of the Gaelic languages. Ogham was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain.

Ogham Alphabet

Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right.

Ogham was carved into stones and trees to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.
Ogham Stone Kilmalkedar Dingle County Kerry