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    DescriptionGarland Sunday and Domhnach Chrom Dubh are two of the many names of a festival celebrated by Irish country people at the end of July or the beginning of August. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest season, and on that day the first meal of the year's new food crop was eaten. The chief custom was the resorting of the rural communities to certain heights or water-sides to spend the day in festivity, sports and bilberry-picking. The custom existed also in the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Wales and in the north of England. Formerly it must have been general in all Celtic lands for there is no doubt that it is a survival of Lughnasa (Lugnasad), the Celtic festival held on the first of August. In the description of the celebration much emerges of the old life of the countryside, and so the study is, in part, a contribution to social history. Moreover, as the people preserved legends of the origin of the festival and of the assembly-sites, it has been possible to show a correspondence with ancient mythology, as expressed in Irish literature and in the cult-figures of Roman Gaul. The dominant myth of the festival is brought to light. A panorama, both extensive and detailed, is unfolded in the study, which reveals, inter alia, the nature of Crom Dubh, shows that legends of Cu Chulainn, Saint Patrick, and Cornwall's Jack the Tinkard originate in tales of Lugh, suggests why Jephthah's daughter was connected with the festival in the Isle of Man, glances at the medieval cult of Saint James, and interprets anew the battle of Moytura and the Etain saga. It shows a relationship between the old assembly of Tailtiu an the Croagh Patrick pilgrimage. It discusses Puck Fair. It ranges from Lugudunum in first-century Gaul to Dun Lughaidh at the foot of Errigal. Figures from Irish mythology, hagiography and history throng its pages.


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    Title
    The Festival of Lughnasa: v. 1
    Subtitle
    A Study of the Survival of the Celtic Festival of the Beginning of Harvest
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maire Macneill
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 719
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,792 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780906426104
    ISBN 10: 0906426103
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET090
    Ingram Theme: CULT/IRELND
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000, HIS018000, SOC005000
    Abridged Dewey: 390
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17540
    LC classification: GT
    DC22: 394
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: ASZP
    DC22: 394.266
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps (1 fold.)
    Publisher
    Folklore of Ireland Council
    Imprint name
    Folklore of Ireland Council
    Publication date
    31 January 2008