One comment on “St. Brigid’s Well: Where Druidism Meets Paganism Meets Christianity

  1. I think that it’s really telling how important water and the site where water comes out of the ground are to people that three separate religions share a single well as a holy place. Every religion that I can think of has connections to water as holy whether is it is holy water from the river Jordan, the river Ganges or a spring in Lourdes. Classification of water as “holy” always seems to denote some level of healing properties to the water, and become sites for pilgrimage and healing. I’ve even seen hot springs in the United States that some level of religious association with the Native Americans and are now visited by tourists but still seen as having some kind of healing powers. That the trope of water and bathing can heal and preform miracles is so prevalent in our world today suggest to me that there much be at least some truth to it. I’ve heard at different times the healing properties of the different waters being ascribed to high sulfur or calcium content of carbonation by scientists but I think there might be a more spiritual healing connection. I don’t want to sound super religious, or like a crackpot or anything but I think there must be something inherently healing in the acts of bathing and immersion in water – even to the point that the act could be considered spiritual and healing in the way that a placebo or in the Christian faith a laying on of hands could accomplish.

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