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The Remote Irish Monastery Where Medieval Christianity Meets Fictional Jedi Spiritualism

The climactic scene of The Force Awakens is situated on a distant island on a distant planet, supposedly the site of the mystical remains of the First Jedi Temple. These scenes were actually filmed on the visually stunning  World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael : an unearthly pinnacle of rock jutting out of the Atlantic Ocean, seven miles off the western Irish coast. Far from being just a backdrop to Star Wars fiction, Skellig is home to the very real  archaeological remains  of a Medieval Christian hermitage. When the fictional characters walk among Skellig’s ruins we are, literally and figuratively, fusing the religious past and the fictional spiritual future. Here, the stone remains of medieval Irish Christian asceticism stands in for mystical Jedi hermeticism. (READ MORE)


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