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dc.contributor.authorGonzález García, A. César
dc.contributor.authorGarcía Quintela, Marco Virgilio
dc.identifier.citationA. César GONZÁLEZ GARCÍA & Marco V. GARCÍA QUINTELA, “From hagiography to celtic cosmology: archaeoastronomy and christian landscape in ourense (nw spain)”, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 16, No 4 (2016), pp.447-454, DOI:
dc.description.abstractThe cult of Santa Mariña is very popular in the region of Galicia, in northwest Spain. According to tradition, she was born and martyred in two sites at the heart of the modern-day province of Ourense: she was born and grew up around the lagoon of Antela, and was martyred in the parish of Santa Mariña de Augas Santas, where she performed miracles and where her tomb is still preserved. Both places are located in the territory of the Limici, a pre-Roman Celtic tribe, and contain a remarkable amount of archaeological material from the Iron Age and Roman times. An archaeoastronomical study has revealed that the most important archaeological sites have a number of significant solar and lunar relationships attributable to the Celtic tradition (lunistices, Celtic mid-season festivals, the cosmos divided into three levels). Christianity preserved these structures through the feast dates of the saints worshipped in different parishes and other places, and their arrangement in different local landscapes. Episodes of Mariña‟s life and her places of worship are important because they coincide with significant points in the astronomical alignments that have been detected. Hydatius of Chaves (c. 400-469) a Limici scholar, bishop and author of a Chronicle, is considered responsible for introducing the cult of Santa Mariña, and as the driving force behind the Christianization of a landscape/ skyscape that was previously defined by a Celtic worldview
dc.publisherUniversity of the Aegean
dc.rights© 2016 MAA. This article is distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)
dc.subjectCeltic cosmology
dc.subjectLandscape building
dc.subjectHydatius of Chaves
dc.titleFrom hagiography to celtic cosmology: archaeoastronomy and christian landscape in ourense (nw spain)
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Departamento de Historia

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