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Seven Nations Series focuses on Celtic art

The Seven Nations Series continues on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when Rebecca Ziegler, associate professor in the Zach S. Henderson Library, presents ‘The Severed Head and the Well: Tracing a Symbol from India to the Celts.” The lecture and discussion will be held in the College of Information Technology Building, Room 1004, at 4 p.m.

Studies of how certain symbols recur across time and civilizations include Robert Grave’s ‘The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth” and Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Many ethnologists believe that people called Celtic derive from those who migrated from India into Europe, taking their ritual practices and symbols with them.

Drawing on her own and others research, Ziegler analyzes one of the most pervasive and intriguing symbols found both in Asia Minor and Western Europe. Expressed in stone and metal and depicted in literature and art, that symbol is the severed head. According to Paul Jacobsthal’s ‘Early Celtic Art,” the Celts saw the head as the abode of the soul.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

The events are sponsored by the Campus Life Enrichment Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Department of Communication Arts, Department of Foreign Languages, Department of History, Department of Music, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for International Studies, Center for Irish Studies, Southern Coastal Humanities Consortium, John Humma Cinema Arts Program, European Union Certificate Program and the Religious Studies Program.

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