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
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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.