Pagan Ireland; an Archaeological Sketch: A Handbook of Irish Pre-Christian Antiquities

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1895 - Ireland - 689 pages
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Page 92 - The Christian Church fixed itself first in the seats and centres of intelligence, in the towns and cities of the Roman Empire, and in them its first triumphs were won ; while, long after these had accepted the truth, heathen superstitions and idolatries lingered on in the obscure hamlets and villages of the country ; so that
Page 198 - States, or in .the Rocky mountains. It was a hollow square of six or eight feet deep, formed in the river bank by damming up with mud the other three sides, and covering the whole completely, except an aperture about two feet wide at the top. The bathers descend by this hole, taking with them a number of heated stones, and jugs of water ; and after being seated round the room, throw the water on the stones till the steam becomes of a temperature sufficiently high for their purposes.
Page 112 - Till the last trumpet ; for charitable prayers, Shards, flints and pebbles should be thrown on her : Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants, Her maiden strewments and the bringing home Of bell and burial.
Page 320 - After having amassed the proper kind of clay and carefully cleaned it, the Indian women take shells which they pound and reduce to a fine powder; they mix this powder with the clay, and having poured some water on the mass, they knead it with their hands and feet, and make it into a paste, of which they form rolls six or seven feet long and of a thickness suitable to their purpose.
Page 367 - There, every herd, by sad experience, knows How, wing'd with fate, their elf-shot arrows fly, When the sick ewe her summer food foregoes, Or, stretch'd on earth, the heart-smit heifers lie. Such airy beings awe th...
Page 414 - Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Page 78 - Hither such as have any suits depending flock from all parts, and submit implicitly to their decrees. Their institution is supposed to come originally from Britain, whence it passed into Gaul ; and even at this day, such as are desirous of being perfect in it, travel thither for instruction. The druids never go to war, are exempted from taxes and military service, and enjoy all manner of immunities. These mighty encouragements induce multitudes of their own accord to follow that profession ; and...
Page 143 - For to that holy wood is consecrate A virtuous well, about whose flowery banks The nimble-footed fairies dance their rounds By the pale moonshine, dipping oftentimes Their stolen children, so to make them free From dying flesh and dull mortality...
Page 138 - When she came down again Her friends were all gone. They took her lightly back, Between the night and morrow; They thought that she was fast asleep, But she was dead with sorrow.
Page 168 - I adore not the voice of birds, Nor the sreod, nor a destiny on the earthly world, Nor a son, nor chance, nor woman ; My...

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