The Goddess Dances at Dunino-the Hill of the Seven Daughters
No one knows who the seven daughters were, but the goddess still dances above the sea at Dunino.
The road curves up and out of the Scottish town of St. Andrews, leaving the harbor below to the left. A small, unobtrusive sign appears on the right, pointing down a narrow lane. Dunino is very easy to miss, and we only found it with the help of a local who knew the ancient sites.
Dunino means the Hill of the Seven Daughters.
A lane leads to a church, which probably dates to the 19th century, but is surely built upon much older foundations. St. Andrews has been an ecclesiastical center since the 9th century, and Pictish stones stand gray and mute in the churchyard at Dunino.
Seven daughters. One for each direction, north, south, east and west? One for each phase of the moon, waxing, full, and waning? Were they healers, warriors, priestesses? Did they link the people to the heavens and ensure the harvest’s bounty? Read more at MotherHouse of the Goddess.