“There was an almost universal and abiding belief of great antiquity that spirits cannot cross flowing water, and that rivers were boundaries between the realms of the living and the dead.”
I find two pages of notes inside my copy of Spirit Roads by Paul Devereux. The yellow American size paper dates the notes to sometime around 2010-11 when I was occasionally making work trips the U.S. It’s a fascinating and compelling book, Devereux a key earth mysteries researcher for many years.
He writes about the ‘cognised landscape’ – the mapping of mindscapes that were projected onto the physical landscape in past times.
“Any worldview is dependent on the context to which it belongs”. Belief systems projected into the landscape as “invisible mental structures”.
Countryfolk, Devereux tells us, believed they shared the land with spirits – the Church preached that the spirit left this plane altogether for another, non-physical realm. There was a clear link between ghosts and locality that the Church denied.
Stiles were said to be the favourite perches of ghosts – if you sat there through ‘stile divination you could interrogate passing ghosts’.
“the virtual spirit paths traversing the folk mindscapes of old Europe”.