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Saint Kevin and the blackbird

In myth green martyrs turned their backs on society and lived in the deep forests.



One day saint Kevin was meditating with his arms out and hands facing up for so long that a blackbird made a nest n laid its eggs in the palm of his hand as if he was a tree.

Saint Kevin stood still until the blackbirds hatched n flew away so he wouldnt disturb the birds
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Diversity @Ireland A friend of mine is running the @Ireland twitter account this week. Hes a traveller and openly gay. If you are interestedin promoting diversity in irish culture please head over and ask Oein some questions. Hes exceptionally articulate and this is a rare chance to learn n help move Irish culture forward

Diversity @Ireland

A friend of mine is running the @Ireland twitter account this week. Hes a traveller and openly gay.

If you are interestedin promoting diversity in irish culture please head over and ask Oein some questions. Hes exceptionally articulate and this is a rare chance to learn n help move Irish culture forward

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Anonymous said: You had mentioned that any faerie with a name is scottish. Is that also true of the Leanan si or the gancanagh? Well the yard stick works but in a diff way. Those are literacy creations by romantacist poets n its obvious with the second one because its a name. The first seems authentic cos of the name but its use as a succubus/muse isnt fairy folklore. Unexpected deaths are explained by fairies sweeping people to the otherworld to mind kids but they dont breed with us. People might learn songs etc from fairies but only as a reward for culturally correct behaviour. Fairies are enfoecers of taboos in stories they dont act like Byrons muses

Anonymous said: You had mentioned that any faerie with a name is scottish. Is that also true of the Leanan si or the gancanagh?

Well the yard stick works but in a diff way. Those are literacy creations by romantacist poets n its obvious with the second one because its a name.

The first seems authentic cos of the name but its use as a succubus/muse isnt fairy folklore. Unexpected deaths are explained by fairies sweeping people to the otherworld to mind kids but they dont breed with us.

People might learn songs etc from fairies but only as a reward for culturally correct behaviour. Fairies are enfoecers of taboos in stories they dont act like Byrons muses

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A Birl for Burns by Sheamus Heaney From the start, Burns’ birl and rhythm, That tongue the Ulster Scots brought wi’ them And stick to still in County Antrim Was in my ear. From east of Bann it westered in On the Derry air. My neighbours toved and bummed and blowed, They happed themselves until it thowed, By slaps and stiles they thrawed and tholed And snedded thrissles, And when the rigs were braked and hoed They’d wet their whistles. Old men and women getting crabbèd Would hark like dogs who’d seen a rabbit, Then straighten, stare and have a stab at standard habbie: Custom never staled their habit O’ quotin’ Rabbie. Leg-lifting, heartsome, lightsome Burns! He overflowed the well-wrought urns Like buttermilk from slurping churns, Rich and unruly, Or dancers flying, doing turns At some wild hooley. For Rabbie’s free and Rabbie’s big, His stanza may be tight and trig But once he sets the sail and rig Away he goes Like Tam-O-Shanter o’er the brig Where no one follows. And though his first tongue’s going, gone, And word lists now get added on And even words like stroan and thrawn Have to be glossed, In Burns’s rhymes they travel on And won’t be lost.

A Birl for Burns by Sheamus Heaney

From the start,
Burns’ birl and rhythm,
That tongue the Ulster Scots brought wi’ them
And stick to still in County Antrim
Was in my ear.
From east of Bann it westered in
On the Derry air.

My neighbours toved and bummed and blowed,
They happed themselves until it thowed,
By slaps and stiles they thrawed and tholed
And snedded thrissles,
And when the rigs were braked and hoed
They’d wet their whistles.

Old men and women getting crabbèd
Would hark like dogs who’d seen a rabbit,
Then straighten, stare and have a stab at standard habbie:
Custom never staled their habit
O’ quotin’ Rabbie.

Leg-lifting, heartsome, lightsome Burns!
He overflowed the well-wrought urns
Like buttermilk from slurping churns,
Rich and unruly,
Or dancers flying, doing turns
At some wild hooley.

For Rabbie’s free and Rabbie’s big,
His stanza may be tight and trig
But once he sets the sail and rig
Away he goes
Like Tam-O-Shanter o’er the brig
Where no one follows.

And though his first tongue’s going, gone,
And word lists now get added on
And even words like stroan and thrawn
Have to be glossed,
In Burns’s rhymes they travel on
And won’t be lost.

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Anonymous said: I'd love to hear about your favorite shapeshifters from either folk or myth. :D My favorite is Sadhbh Oisins mother who takes the form of a deer. Oisin and the Ossraige tribe are the last remnants of the original word for deer that was later replaced by Fiadh. As in Folacht Fiadh the cooking pits of the Fianna. Theres Fintan mac Bochra and Tuan Mac Cairell who take on every animal form and theres the two swine herds who fight in numerous animal forms before becoming the White Bull of Ai and the Brown bull of Cooley. More than animal names are the anthropomorphised names that were both animals and men. Boann the cow, Ailil Olum the ram, Con mac con, Fer Chu, Cu Chulainn all hounds and wolves. They are represented as humans but their animal forms are the major significant part of the characters.

Anonymous said: I'd love to hear about your favorite shapeshifters from either folk or myth. :D

My favorite is Sadhbh Oisins mother who takes the form of a deer. Oisin and the Ossraige tribe are the last remnants of the original word for deer that was later replaced by Fiadh. As in Folacht Fiadh the cooking pits of the Fianna.

Theres Fintan mac Bochra and Tuan Mac Cairell who take on every animal form and theres the two swine herds who fight in numerous animal forms before becoming the White Bull of Ai and the Brown bull of Cooley.

More than animal names are the anthropomorphised names that were both animals and men. Boann the cow, Ailil Olum the ram, Con mac con, Fer Chu, Cu Chulainn all hounds and wolves. They are represented as humans but their animal forms are the major significant part of the characters.


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Anonymous said: I just noticed you reblogged the Eluveitie Helvetios symbol. I'm guessing you like them? Are you going to see them on the 14th/15th Nov? How do you feel about their 'reconstructing' of Gaulish? Jazuz a metaller anon! Tumblrs even better than the hair down cloaking device to sneak past the bouncers in fibbers what. Barred me hole. Nah im not heading. Im going to to seige of limerick to see Mael Mordha with their new singer n itll eat all my cash. Ive seen eluvetie at festivals a few times theyre decent. They do a good live show but the seige will be better craic. I think using swiss dialects to create a gaulish language is a cool idea, hallstatt is in switzerland n it all started there. Eluvetie are the only real celtic folk metal band. If recon pagans think it means its a religious thing theyre wrong. Imagine the pagan version of POD theyd create. Ugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUSwLWh5Huk No skin off my nose anyway. Ive never seen an uptight religious zealot of any description at gigs N I probably never will cos few beers n a good ride would sort any religious nuts head out. N if that didnt work the front doors of venues swing outwards to facilitate humour deserts speedy departure, arse first.

Anonymous said: I just noticed you reblogged the Eluveitie Helvetios symbol. I'm guessing you like them? Are you going to see them on the 14th/15th Nov? How do you feel about their 'reconstructing' of Gaulish?

Jazuz a metaller anon! Tumblrs even better than the hair down cloaking device to sneak past the bouncers in fibbers what. Barred me hole.

Nah im not heading. Im going to to seige of limerick to see Mael Mordha with their new singer n itll eat all my cash.

Ive seen eluvetie at festivals a few times theyre decent. They do a good live show but the seige will be better craic.

I think using swiss dialects to create a gaulish language is a cool idea, hallstatt is in switzerland n it all started there. Eluvetie are the only real celtic folk metal band.

If recon pagans think it means its a religious thing theyre wrong. Imagine the pagan version of POD theyd create. Ugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUSwLWh5Huk

No skin off my nose anyway. Ive never seen an uptight religious zealot of any description at gigs N I probably never will cos few beers n a good ride would sort any religious nuts head out. N if that didnt work the front doors of venues swing outwards to facilitate humour deserts speedy departure, arse first.

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Writing myth expansions bedbdearg I tried to reply to you with this but tumblr ate it 3 times. So I had to post it stand alone. You know loads about your family. Id say Skene are scots cos they come from the lowlands where the language started but theyd more than likely be from scotland since theyre jacobites. Our scots were williamites or atleast are now. I know rices and reeces here though and theyre irish people even though they arent Irish names. Its still possible but not clear cut… What type of scifi are you writing? Im a fan of late 19th and pre ww2 american sci fi. Some of the golden age zines too, they made everyday people into authors. Before the internet that leap in affordable printing was the most class busting n empowering thing in the 20th c. With the myths, I object to silly narratives that try to revise myth for religious reasons. Paying attention to tyre lit. and expanding on it would be class. If you did it then youd be following a trad in the medieval. The pre bardic authors were called fer comgne/synchronisers because they tried to create a chronology. Itd mean identifying motifs, then looking at how motifs are arranged to create narratives in myth. Motifs can be common to IE cultures its the arrangement of then that makes the myths distinctly Irish. Its easy enough to spot key motifs since that pop up over n over figuring out what the motifs are is easy cos the Aarne Thompson index that defines them is online. Then avoiding modern tropes would be the big hurdle. It couldnt be written like a space opera with relateable social settings just played out infront of a medieval backdrop. Some motifs are rooted in reality to make the stories more engaging for the audience but since myth is defined by its age it should seem genuinely archaic because thats how myths are percieved today. Thats a challenge myth authors didnt face originally and it means loding a tool to make the readers empathise with the characters. Back in the medieval its possible fionn n oisin or odysseus n telemachus might meet n not know theyre father n son. Long journeys n harsh social.circumstances. It would be a relateable reality to the listeners/readers. Using modern tropes that would do the same thing today would shatter suspension of disbelief. Like having a night smoking a marlboro on the crusades to seem grizzled and manly. Its a tall order but its been done. A druid lad wrote a book called the lebor feasa runda and expanded on myths so well they couldve been written in the medieval… But he did it to legitimise his paganism n said it all came from a medieval manuscript… That had a rake of paganism in it rituals, sigils, prayers. He included it all in the second half of the book. If he hasn’t done that hed be the new Tolkien. Hes an amazing writer but his religious zeal means hes gone down as a fraud.

Writing myth expansions

bedbdearg I tried to reply to you with this but tumblr ate it 3 times. So I had to post it stand alone.

You know loads about your family. Id say Skene are scots cos they come from the lowlands where the language started but theyd more than likely be from scotland since theyre jacobites. Our scots were williamites or atleast are now.

I know rices and reeces here though and theyre irish people even though they arent Irish names. Its still possible but not clear cut…

What type of scifi are you writing? Im a fan of late 19th and pre ww2 american sci fi. Some of the golden age zines too, they made everyday people into authors. Before the internet that leap in affordable printing was the most class busting n empowering thing in the 20th c.

With the myths, I object to silly narratives that try to revise myth for religious reasons. Paying attention to tyre lit. and expanding on it would be class.

If you did it then youd be following a trad in the medieval. The pre bardic authors were called fer comgne/synchronisers because they tried to create a chronology.

Itd mean identifying motifs, then looking at how motifs are arranged to create narratives in myth. Motifs can be common to IE cultures its the arrangement of then that makes the myths distinctly Irish. Its easy enough to spot key motifs since that pop up over n over figuring out what the motifs are is easy cos the Aarne Thompson index that defines them is online.

Then avoiding modern tropes would be the big hurdle. It couldnt be written like a space opera with relateable social settings just played out infront of a medieval backdrop. Some motifs are rooted in reality to make the stories more engaging for the audience but since myth is defined by its age it should seem genuinely archaic because thats how myths are percieved today.

Thats a challenge myth authors didnt face originally and it means loding a tool to make the readers empathise with the characters. Back in the medieval its possible fionn n oisin or odysseus n telemachus might meet n not know theyre father n son. Long journeys n harsh social.circumstances. It would be a relateable reality to the listeners/readers. Using modern tropes that would do the same thing today would shatter suspension of disbelief. Like having a night smoking a marlboro on the crusades to seem grizzled and manly.

Its a tall order but its been done. A druid lad wrote a book called the lebor feasa runda and expanded on myths so well they couldve been written in the medieval…

But he did it to legitimise his paganism n said it all came from a medieval manuscript… That had a rake of paganism in it rituals, sigils, prayers. He included it all in the second half of the book. If he hasn’t done that hed be the new Tolkien. Hes an amazing writer but his religious zeal means hes gone down as a fraud.

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turbocunt:

irelandseyeonmyth:

thehouseofdelirium:

irelandseyeonmyth:

The Shillelagh walking stick.Lots of people know its name but very few know how it got the name. Shillelagh isnt its name its a place name that was so famous as a bandit country it became a by word for lawlessness. Because the stick was associated with a game played at festivals denounced by the church as occasions for sin. It became a symbol of lawlessness and the name and the stick were stuck together forever.

I remember singing “Arthur McBride” in middle school and wondering what that was. I figured it was like those sticks the police carried.

I cant believe they had you singin this in school. Theres metal less hardcore than that trad tune!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8yQw7H6IqI

These are especially good for goths on St Patrick’s Day because ain’t nobody pinching shit if you’re carrying a traditional Irish shillelagh 

Hah legend. Der Goth wumpin sticken
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