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Bullaun Stone

Kilbeg (Bullaun Stone) by ryaner The always awesome Kilbeg bullaun with its 6 basins.
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Posted by ryaner
27th June 2013ce
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Comments (5)

Wow that's amazing, so sculptural. They're like giant cup marks. One bullaun, you can say 'it's for holy water' and believe it. But six, that's a lot of work. It is awesome indeed. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th June 2013ce
Hi Rhiannon. The townland is Kilbeg, i.e. Little Church. However, the stone is in a field (there is another bullaun stone with one basin in the same field but I've never found it) at least a quarter of a mile away from any church. The basins on this one are notable for their width, one nearly a foot wide. A thing of beauty. ryaner Posted by ryaner
27th June 2013ce
It is a thing of beauty!

So do you think the christian-connected bullauns were appropriated older stones? Or a copied idea? Or what... all very interesting. I think I should make one for the garden.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th June 2013ce
These are awesome indeed. Startling when used to the usual cup marks of northern England jones-y-gog Posted by jones-y-gog
27th June 2013ce
Rhiannon, I don't see why either of your ideas couldn't be correct. I've seen some different instances that would fit both of them. I've also seen many other instances that would suit quite a few other theories.
This single-basin one that I visited recently had a real ancient, pre-christian feel to it, but there it was in a churchyard - yet pushed to one side and without any evidence that it was ever used as a holy water font. Then again, there's a holy water font down in the church in Rathfarnham that looks like a bullaun stone that's been re-worked to fit on top af a small pedestal.
I'm guessing (it's all guesswork, innit?) that it was yet another instance of those nasty old christians knowing a good thing when they saw it and incorporating bullauns into their own tradition. I seem to remember that there was a bullaun book due out soon. It will make interesting reading.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
28th June 2013ce
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