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This is volume I of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms. They are a synthesis of Christian and pre-Christian belief systems. Besides invoking Jesus, Mary, and the saiThis is volume I of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms. They are a synthesis of Christian and pre-Christian belief systems. Besides invoking Jesus, Mary, and the saints, a number of these call on other powers. One of these is 'Bride,' who is explained as Jesus' midwife, but who is probably Brigid, an ancient Celtic goddess. Also mentioned throughout are a triune deity which is equated to the Christian Trinity, but which may also be an echo of a set of three pagan deities. The text includes notes on seasonal observances and folk customs which are probably likewise survivals of pre-Christian customs. All of these are woven into the cycles of the year, and activities such as weaving, fishing and herding. A vivid picture of life in pre-modern rural Scotland emerges.This Kindle edition includes all of the Gaelic text, Carmicheal's English translations, and the celtic-knot initials from the first edition. Not only is the Carmina Gadelica is a crucial part of the library of anyone interested in Celtic spirituality, folklore, or comparative religion, it is a stunningly beautiful book as well.--J.B. Hare ...

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carmina gadelica Reviews

  • John Larson
    2018-12-07 09:46

    An excellent and amazingly comprehensive overview of Celtic lore. I would consider this a must-have in the library of anyone wanting to see Celtic spirituality "in action," in the day-to-day concerns of people. The traditions are multi-faceted and fascinating.

  • Ruth Ann
    2018-11-24 14:56

    This book represents a small portion of the material that Carmichael collected. I marked this book as "read", but I must admit that I haven't read it cover-to-cover. I read sections of the book aloud to slow down my reading for meditative purposes and to try to more fully appreciate the oral origin of the verse. Two contemporary books that I consider companion material are Power of Raven, Wisdom of Serpent by Noragh Jones and Every Earthly Blessing: Rediscovering the Celtic Tradition by Esther De Waal. Noragh Jones weaves selections from Carmina Gadelica into narrative about everyday life of Gaelic women in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Esther De Waal's book weaves selections from Carmina Gadelica with her narrative in hopes that for readers "it becomes life-giving on their own Christian journey."

  • Nancy Sayre
    2018-12-08 14:58

    This isn't a book you read as much as one you live with. I take prayers from it and add them to my daily meditations, they are that beautiful. I love the Celts, and their sense of spirit and the Trinity weaving through everyday life. Also, how can you not love a prayer for "smooring the fire." I am working with an author to publish his book on Celtic saints, and Carmina Gadelica was an indispensable resource . In fact, we found our title, 'A Staff to the Pilgrim' in a line of one of the prayers. A profound book. God love Alexander Carmichael for the work he did preserving these prayers and poems.

  • Patrick Oden
    2018-12-09 14:46

    The most complete collection of Celtic prayers, blessings and poetry you'll ever find. A tax man wandered through the highlands and islands of Scotland in the late 19th century and collected these from the people he met. Many if not most of these are put into print for the first time in history, though they likely reflect phrasing going back centuries. Smaller collections of Celtic prayers generally cull their selections from this bigger book, once a multi-volume, multi-lingual set now collected in a single large English only volume.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2018-12-08 13:43

    This book contains a wealth of Gaelic verse and prose (translated into English)collected by Alexander Carmichael over the second half of the 19th century. It contains a blend of pagan and Christian imagery steeped in the Gealic oral tradition.Here is a link to the review I've just posted on Amazon.com:http://tinyurl.com/2xszasWe owe a great debt to Mr Carmichael. Without his efforts it is possible that much of this largely oral traditional material would have been lost forever.

  • Sara
    2018-11-23 18:10

    A quintessential gathering of the myths, superstitions, folklore, prayers, hymns and magic of the Scots Gaelic people. Without Alexander Carmichael's research and travels much of this lore would have been long since lost and forgotten He did a great service in perserving their culture and managed to convey it in a very unbiased manner.

  • Chas Bayfield
    2018-11-29 13:58

    I read this back in 1989 and really enjoyed it. Some of the customs Carmichael writes about were dying even back in 1900. The poetry is beautiful and elemental although the explanations can be a little quaint. This book brings home the barbaric destruction of the post Celtic Christian church.

  • Avonlea Rose
    2018-12-02 11:40

    Lovely selection of poetry, prayers, invocations, blessings and charms.[Note: My review is not specific to this edition. I have read this online via Sacred Texts, which may be accessed here- http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/....]

  • Erin Thomas
    2018-11-29 17:08

    This book is nearly impossible to read from beginning to end. A collection of prayers, chants, and hymns written down from the oral Scottish Gaelic, I have found this volume to be of fare more value to eat, chew & digest piece-meal, meditate upon slowly, and enjoy each verse for its own sake.

  • Raven Rose
    2018-11-19 13:53

    Love this book. It's full of beautiful prayers and poems.

  • Alexandra Chauran
    2018-11-16 13:07

    An amazing read that steeps you in the lore of Scotland. It feels like a perfect snapshot of history. I've read it several times.