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Irish bog bodies

20 April 2016

Having a snort at another myth beloved of some people, the idea that bog bodies were ritual sacrificial victims – go to www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/The-truth-about-Irish-bog-bodies-PHO… … the word bog is derived from the Irish word bogarch which means soft. Peat bogs cover 17 per cent of Ireland. Peat is mostly composed of water – with rotted vegetation, pollen, dust etc. The cold acidic and oxygen free conditions within peat prevent decay and tend to mummify and preserve the tissue of animals and humans. Around a hundred bodies have been found in Irish bogs. Some of them are thought to be the victims of ritual sacrifice – see for instance www.irishcentral.com/news/worlds-oldest-bog-body-was-irish-high-king-kil…

The author disputes the idea bog bodies are ritual sacrifices – but it takes a good story to attract peoples attention. See also www.aliisaacstoryteller.com


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