A place for grief and belief: The Witness Cairn at the Isle of Whithorn, Galloway, Scotland

Maddrell, A. (2009) A place for grief and belief: The Witness Cairn at the Isle of Whithorn, Galloway, Scotland. Social and Cultural Geography, 10 (6). pp. 675-693. ISSN 1464-9365 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/9268

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360903068126


This paper draws on a case study of the Witness Cairn, at the Isle of Whithorn, Galloway, Scotland, to explore the relationship between bereavement practices and expressions of belief manifest in this particular place. The cairn is embedded in historic and contemporary Christian faith practices in the locality, and has combined with its form, naming and process of construction, to create a space of remembrance and, potentially, of transformation. Using the concept of liminality, it is argued that the individualised micro-memorials found at the Witness Cairn offer insight to a continuum of belief–unbelief and the blurring of the divide between practising faith-adherents and non-adherents in British society.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special themed issue: Geography, Religion, and Emerging Paradigms: Problematizing the Dialogue
Uncontrolled Keywords:grief, belief, micro-memorial, sacred, cairn, positionality
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:9268
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Deposited On:15 Jul 2010 12:28
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