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Medieval Gaelic Sources (Maynooth Research Guides for Irish by Katharine Simms

By Katharine Simms

This brief booklet is meant to function a realistic consultant to Gaelic language resources (as against administrative or ecclesiastical documents in Latin, French or English) for the heritage of those groups within the excessive heart a long time, laying emphasis on released texts for which English translations can be found. below six headings (annals, genealogies, poems, prose tracts and sagas, felony fabric, colophons and marginalia), it discusses not just the character of the assets themselves, the needs for which they have been initially created, and their survival and availability to researchers, but additionally the way to glean usable historic info from them.

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The earth would open up and swallow the white men, who would drop through and vanish forever from the Amerindian land; their goods, however, would remain for use by the Amerindians. In further visions,5 he saw that the earth rolled up like a carpet, and also that a rift appeared Page 25 which would engulf the people in a chasm, but the followers of the new cult would come back to life in a few days. They would find themselves living and mingling in the presence of the Great Spirit and the ancestors risen from the dead.

The reading of the creation myth marked the world's regeneration. The king was then reenthroned as ruler of the universe, and a festive banquet was followed by the rite of the Sacred Marriage in a booth of greenery atop the stage tower (representing the union of Heaven and Earth and other opposites) to reinvigorate the land, its people, and the livestock and crops. Finally, the will of the gods for the society's near future was divined in a reading of the Tablets of Destiny. How can it be, I reflected, that these ritual programs of antiquity can reappear in the psyche of people today with such faithfulness to the pattern?

In this frame of thought, by what was a society to be held in order? These visionaries perceived quite clearly that by this practice of spiritual cultivation a different principle than that of power and dominance by strong rules would be brought into effect. C. saw the birth of the concept of human-hearted caring and compassion as the desirable bonding force in social cohesion, evoked among the people spontaneously. The intent in gathering these historical materials is to explore the source and psychological dynamic of the principle of compassionate brotherhood as it plays its part in the ongoing evolution of mankind.

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