What exactly constitutes a Holy Ground in Highlander canon?

Most that I recall seem to be Christian burial places, but some were non-Christian burial places.

But pretty much ANY place is a burial after millenia of history, so does that mean any place at all can be (albeit, unknowingly) a Holy Ground?

Please note that the Highlander Wikia Holy Ground entry is not very helpful:

What exactly qualifies as holy ground and how an immortal can know the ground is blessed is never explicitly stated. There are cases of qualifying holy ground including land blessed by non-Christian faiths and clergy but there is no explicit statement as to how two immortals would know of a patch of ground's status unless it were indicated to be holy via markings etc.

So, what I'm looking for in a good answer would be a compilation of Holy Grounds from the entire canon with some proposed fitting pattern (or, better yet, a Word of God statement from someone connected to the franchise, but I will settle for a reasonably backed-up-by-source-material ruleset in the absence of such).

Incentive: A good answer showing a WoG source will likely earn you a post-factum bounty.

  • The wikia entry is pretty much it, it's always presented as a place of prayer or other religious significance. It's also 'typically' been relevant to the characters involved. I'm not sure I understand your confusion. – user4963 Mar 22 '12 at 0:56
  • Note to self: If you discover that you are an immortal like the highlander, never go anywhere without a priest carrying a bottle of holy water. Have him bless the ground around you as soon as you sense the presence of another immortal. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jun 12 '15 at 7:25

If you count the audio books as canon, there is STILL no definition given.. but they do indicate that the immortals have a natural ability to 'sense' being on holy ground, much like the sense that tells them that another immortal is near.

From the Highlander Wiki:

That said, in Kurgan Rising Duncan is lured into taking another immortal's head on consecrated ground. Macleod notes that he should have instinctively realized the ground was consecrated implying that the immortals have an ability similar to their Buzz that acts as a warning system.

[corrected minor spelling issues]

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This may not be much help, but the franchise tends to play a bit fast and loose with what they consider "holy"; it can be a blessed, consecrated, sacred, significant or burial ground of any faith or people, it seems.

For example of this, in the Highlander:The Series season 3 episode "The Samurai", I don't believe the family shrine of Hideo Koto, was an established "burial ground", but because it had been revered and his body had been buried there, it was considered "holy". MaCleod and the immortal he fought, Micheal Kent, merely walked a few yards away, and were no longer "on" holy ground. It was never established whether they instinctively "knew" they were out of range, or if there was some boundary they had to pass.

For that matter, the only in-series recollection I have of immortals fighting on holy ground [and the resulting consequence] was Connor MaCleod fighting with Kane in a Buddhist Shrine in Highlander III: The Sorcerer , where the blades of the immortals were destroyed and they were whiplashed by wind and energy.

So again, it could be as simple as "any ground for which people have reverence", as opposed to something specifically "made holy" through an act such as burial or consecration.

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I have no concrete, specific, reference for this, but every place referred to in either the movies or TV series as holy ground has had some kind of marker visible, whether it be a grave marker, a carved stone, or active religious ceremonies being performed on the premises, so I think it would be a fair assumption that, in order to be holy ground, a site must be marked as such and/or be a location where organized religious ceremonies take place.

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