Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic
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Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic

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This is a comprehensive collection of lyric poems and prayers from the Gaelic tradition of oral poetry, gathered from the highlands and islands of Scotland.
Paperback, 684 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Floris Books (first published 1992)
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Ruth Ann
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 D...more
Patrick Oden
Apr 05, 2007 Patrick Oden rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those intrerested in Celtic spirituality
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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...more
Dana McCallum
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Not so much for reading as for mining. This is a collection of Scottish Gaelic hymns, prayers, and incantations, translated into English. Translation of poetry necessarily destroys some of what makes these forms appealing; the editor readily admits that he felt "unable to render the intense power and supreme beauty of the original Gaelic." Nonetheless, the collection is charming and captures a unique blend of folk belief and Christianity. Illustrative notes by the editor are sprinkled throughout...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 20, 2007 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in Gaelic literature
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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.

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We 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.
Erin Thomas
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.
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