Charms of the Gaels: Hymns and Incantations
Floris Books, 1992 - Charms - 684 pages
"Carmina Gadelica" is the most complete anthology of Celtic oral tradition ever assembled. During his travels, Alexander Carmichael spent hours with peasants in their huts in front of peat fires listening as they "intoned in a low, recitative manner" these poems and prayers. This unique collection of living spirituality drawn from the depths of Celtic Christianity, represents a hidden oral tradition of great power and beauty, handed down through countless generations of Hebridean peasants.
Previously available only as a bilingual text in six volumes, this edition in English contributes to a broader awareness of Celtic literature in general. John MacInnes' introduction puts the poems in the context of the life and folklore of the Gaelic community.
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Review: Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the GaelicUser Review - Michael Murray - Goodreads
Treasure-trove of Scots Gaelic; a bottomless well of delight. This feels so much like my real world. See my in-depth discussion of 'Seathan, Son of the King of Ireland', in Parameter Magazine. Read full review