Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland: Tales and Traditions Collected Entirely from Oral Sources

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J. MacLehose and sons, 1902 - Folklore - 314 pages

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Page 57 - Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way : if thou meet any man, salute him not ; and if any salute thee, answer him not again : and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
Page 209 - It proceeded on the narrative that " the great and extraordinary excesse in drinking of wyne, commonlie usit among the commonis and tenantis of the Yllis, is not only ane occasioun of the beastlie and barbarous cruelties and inhumanities that fallis oute amangis thame, to the offens and displeasour of God, and contempt of law and justice ; but with that it drawis nomberis of thame to miserable necessitie and povartie, sua that they are constraynit, quhen thay want from their awne, to tak from thair...
Page 229 - ... practice found in the Highlands on New Year's Eve, and evidently of sacrificial origin. It has been described by several writers, and has various forms. According to one account the hide of the mart or winter cow was wrapped round the head of one of a company of men, who all made off belabouring the hide with switches. The disorderly procession went three times deiseal (according to the course of the sun) round each house in the village, striking the walls and shouting on coming to a door a rhyme...
Page 262 - The learned Edward Lhuyd has observed that a similar interchange of p and k takes place regularly between the Welsh and Erse dialects of the Celtic language. I shall cite his words and the evidence he adduces for this remark.
Page 241 - Collectanea," that, at Westmeath, " on Twelve-eve in Christmas, they use to set up as high as they can a sieve of oats, and in it a dozen of candles set round, and in the centre one larger, all lighted ; this in memory of our saviour and his apostles, lights of the world.
Page i - The importance of the work from the scientific point of view can hardly be exaggerated, as its accuracy is absolutely indisputable. And yet, being little more than a collection of stories told in the simplest English, it is as enjoyable as one of Mr. Lang's fairy books.
Page i - Campbell of Tiree takes his place by the side of Kirk, and of Walter Gregor of Pitsligo, among those recorders of folklore to whom the student can always turn with increased confidence and admiration.
Page 229 - Before this request was complied with, each of the revellers had to repeat a rhyme, called Rann Calluinn (ie a Christmas rhyme), though, as might be expected when the door opened for one, several pushed their way in, till it was ultimately left open for all.
Page 279 - the Riding Day» (latha na marcachd). On the level green of Borg (machaire Bhorg), in Barra, a great race is held, the women bringing the horses, and sitting behind the men on horseback. In the scamper that ensues, it is a lucky sign if the woman tumbles off. All the expenses of the festivity are borne by the women, each of whom takes with her to the racecourse a large thick bannock of oatmeal, made with treacle, butter etc.»92 From Barra we have, finally, the following report about 90 M.
Page 246 - the mistress and servants of each family take a sheaf of oats, and dress it up in women's apparel, put it in a large basket, and lay a wooden club by it, and this they call Briid's bed; and then the mistress and servants cry three times, ' Briid is come, Briid is welcome...

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