Celeste Ray

Anthropologist, Educator

Anthropologist Celeste Ray has spent the past decade studying Ireland’s saints and visiting hundreds of sacred sites associated with them. A recent National Geographic grant allowed her to return to the field once more, on a year-long expedition to learn more of Ireland’s fearless females, many of whom stem from pagan tradition, and to visit as many as 100 of their holy wells. A professor at Sewanee: The University of the South, Celeste trained in cultural anthropology, ecological anthropology and archaeology. Her publications have considered regionalism, cultural creolization, ethnic identities, and the meaning of heritage.