The Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is a prehistoric burial mound and also the place where Irish high kings were said to be coronated and buried upon death.
The Hill of Tara

The hill of Tara is a very important religious and civic place in pagan Ireland. it originally began as a communal passage tomb (The so called mound of the hostages) which was aligned so that the sunrise of imbolc could shine through the passageway of the tomb, along with this various woodhenges were erected around and on the hill and other burial mounds were created.

To the recorded Gaelic pagans who later came to inhabit the region, it is known that they made the hill the centre of the religious and governmental institution, the high king of Ireland would be ritually coronated by drinking ale and ritualling marrying the goddess Medbh. There are five roads which are said to lead directly to Ireland from all of its provinces, these roads being: Slighe Assail which went west, Slighe Miduachra which went throughout country meath, Slighe Cualann which went to Dublin, Slighe Dala which went to Ossory and Slighe Mor which went towards Galway.

Another important part of this Gaelic site is the stone of destiny, which is a standing stone that sits in the middle of the main hill of Tara, it was believed to be where the high king was crowned and would roar three times if the rightful king was chosen.

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The Hill of Tara
County Meath, Ireland
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