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Theosony is a word meaning 'Sonic Theology' or 'The study of God through Sound'.


Theosony is a word penned by Irish singer and theologian Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain. The word has both Greek and Latin elements. It is the study of sound within religion, most dominantly the Roman Catholic and Christian beliefs. When speaking to the BBC, Ní Riain said:

The Christian tradition has been dominated by the visual.

'God's sound' can be heard in nature, in human speech, and in contemplative silence. From before I learnt to speak I was always 'sounding'.

The BBC reporter added:

The transparent sound of Noírín ní Riain's voice has been described by her friend the poet John O'Donohue as "a celestial staircase, leading to the presence of the divine", and we hear it juxtaposed at times with "the frogs' chorus" (as another contributor describes it) of the sound of the monks and their traditional chant.


Nóirín Ní Riain[edit]

Nóirín Ní Riain is an Irish traditional music singer and is a teacher of Gregorian chant.


  • Listen with the Ear of the Heart, An Autobiography. Veritas Publications Ireland (July 28, 2009). ISBN 978-1-84730-172-7; 192 pgs.
  • The Ear of the Heart: Weaving a Tapestry of Transformative Listening in Song and Story in: Intimacy - Venturing the Uncertainties of the Heart, Jungian Odyssey Series, Volume I, (March 15, 2009). ISBN 978-1-882670-84-0, 225 pgs.

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  1. ^ Theosony: The Sound of God - BBC Religion

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