Pagan Ireland; An Archaeological Sketch. a Handbook of Irish Pre-Christian Antiquities

Pagan Ireland; An Archaeological Sketch. a Handbook of Irish Pre-Christian Antiquities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...as the thief, thereby metamorphosing them all into stone. In the centre stands the thief, Many years ago the island of Inishbofin was unknown, being rendered invisible by enchantment; but one day two fishermen, in a currach, were lost in a dense fog, and drifted on to a rock on which they landed and lighted a fire; but no sooner had the flame touched the rock than the fog suddenly lifted, and the fishermen found themselves on the solid land of Inishbofin, which has ever since remained. On one side of the shingly beach on which the discoverers found themselves was the ocean; on the other a fresh-water lake. Close to them they perceived a hag or witch driving a white cow into the lake, and as it entered the water she struck it with a wand that was in her hand, when it at once turned into a rock. One of the fishermen, angry at what he saw, struck the old witch, and at once both he and the hag were transformed into stone. All three are still to be seen! Formerly when any great event was about to happen, the cow used to emerge from the lake, and walk round the island, but a long period has now elapsed since she was last seen. From this magical cow the island takes its name Inisbofinne The witch or goddess Calliagh Vera possessed a celebrated bull called Conraidh. One day it strayed away from its pasturage, and swam across a creek, which Vera jumped over. She was so enraged that she struck the animal with her Druid's rod, and turned it into stone. The bull-shaped rock is to be seen near Mainin to this very day! f Proceedings Royal Irish Acad., vol. iii., 3rd series, p. 360. t The Vision of Mac Conglinne, pp. 133, 134, Kuno Meyer. According to Cormac's Glossary the F6, or magical wand, was made of aspen, an unlucky tree, and the wand was of such a...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495934
  • 9781236495938