Evil Eye in the Western Highlands

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D. Nutt, 1902 - Evil eye - 232 pages
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Page 26 - Her lower hair used to reach as far as her knee. Her lips were on one side of her head. She came and put one of her shoulders against the doorpost of the house, casting the evil eye on the king and the youths who surrounded him in the Hostel. He himself addressed her from within. "Well, O woman," says Conaire, "if thou art a wizard, what seest thou for us?
Page 125 - If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burnt, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved ; yet so as by fire.
Page 2 - Then let us pray that come it may (As come it will for a' that), That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth, Shall bear the gree an a' that. For a' that, an a' that, It's comin yet for a' that, That man to man, the world, o'er Shall brithers be for a
Page 25 - When they were there they saw a lone woman coming to the door of the Hostel, after sunset, and seeking to be let in. As long as a weaver's beam was each of her two shins, and they were as dark as the back of a stag-beetle. A greyish, wooly mantle she wore.
Page 116 - An old lady in Arran remembers being told of an older generation who, desiring not to injure their own or another's beast lest there should be evil in their eye unknown to themselves, always took the precaution of blessing the animal before looking at it. The words they used were " Gum beannaicheadh Dia am beathach" ("That God may bless the beast"), or "Gum beannaicheadh Dia an ni air am bheil mo shuil ag amhairc...
Page 89 - eats the poison of the other man's eyes." 29 The eyes of women are more feared than those of men; and old women are especially dangerous. 30 Young children and women in childbed are in especial danger of being affected by the evil eye. 31 In the Western Highlands, if a person who has the evil eye gets a little milk from another, he or she will be able to injure all the milk and the cows. 32 As usual we find in Palestine that children are especially subject to the evil eye. The mother and her friends...
Page 4 - Fiann. Howbeit, on that day, owing to Fer oc (and his superior skill) to none of the Fiann it fell to get first blood of pig or deer. Now when they came home, after finishing the hunt, a sore lung-disease attacked Fer oc, through the (evil) eyes of the multitude and the envy of the great host, and it killed him, soulless, at the end of nine days. He was buried on yonder green-grassed hill...
Page 202 - And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Page 88 - Tarbert was, after leaving Musadale, offered a considerable sum for it. He said he would not, could not sell the beast, and though the offer was raised to sixty pounds, he still refused and went on his way. Before he reached Tayinloan the horse fell dead on the road.
Page 189 - ... the horse, repeating its name three times while sprinkling it. He was then to pour a little into each of its ears, and the rest, if there should be any over, he was to put in its food. These were her directions, and I went away with the paper ; but two people met me on the road and spoke to me. I did not answer them properly, for I was afraid, but just said ' iim,' keeping my mouth shut all the time.

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