Our Lady of the Crossing

Our Lady of the Crossing.
The west coast of Scotland is a place dominated by the meetings of water and land: Atlantic on shoreline; cloud on mountain; mountain and sea; places in-between neither land nor water where sphagnum mosses form. In such places of flux, unsteady ground and danger people call on the otherworldly for assistance. Before the bridge was built at Ballahulish a short but treacherous ferry crossing avoided a twenty five mile trip round the shores of Loch Leven. Near there a peat cutter unearthed this ancient goddess in her woven bower.

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https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/scottish-history-and-archaeology/ballachulish-figure/

 

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