Legends, Charms and Superstitions of Ireland

Legends Charms and Superstitions of Ireland Nowhere in the nineteenth century did interest in folklore and mythology have a thorough revival than in Ireland There in Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde Oscar Wilde s mother and a well known au

  • Title: Legends, Charms and Superstitions of Ireland
  • Author: Jane Francesca Wilde
  • ISBN: 9780486447339
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nowhere in the nineteenth century did interest in folklore and mythology have a thorough revival than in Ireland There, in 1887, Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde, Oscar Wilde s mother and a well known author in her own right, compiled this collection of charming, authentic folk tales Collected from among the peasantry and retaining their original simplicity, the mythsNowhere in the nineteenth century did interest in folklore and mythology have a thorough revival than in Ireland There, in 1887, Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde, Oscar Wilde s mother and a well known author in her own right, compiled this collection of charming, authentic folk tales Collected from among the peasantry and retaining their original simplicity, the myths and legends reveal delightfully the Irish people s relationship with a spiritual and invisible world populated by fairies, elves, and evil beings Included in Lady Wilde s collection, among others, are eerie tales of The Horned Women, The Holy Well and the Murderer, and The Bride s Death Song, as well as beguiling accounts of superstitions concerning the dead, celebrations and rites, animal legends, and ancient charms.The first book to link Irish folklore with nationalism, Legends illustrates the mythic underpinnings of the Irish character and signals the country s cultural reemergence It remains, said the Evening Mail, an important contribution to the literature of Ireland and the world s stock of folklore.

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    1. Fabulous research book for those interested in fairies. Use this as a reference for creating fairies for my "Legends of the Fey" show for my Renaissance Acting Guild.The writing is very victorian, but then, it is over 100 years old. Fabulous collection of legends.

    2. Well, what to say about Lady Wilde's collection. Personally, I prefer Yeats's own collection for a number of reasons. For one, it's entirely about folklore--this one is not. Lady Wilde likes to dedicate large sections of her book to wild theories about Irish history, some of which is built upon evidence like 'these two words from different languages sound the same--therefore the ancient Irish were Persians!' Another downfalls is that all of the stories are viewed through a thoroughly Christian l [...]

    3. За някой, който обича приказките на Андерсен тели легенди и митове, които всъщност представляват древни сказания, няма да му харесат. Поне не и в началото. Човек трябва да прочете една, две, три и да направи пауза от няколко дни дори, за да им позволи да му "проговорят". Определ [...]

    4. Sometimes it seems like there a couple of repeat stories in here, but otherwise, really educational. She goes into details about where some legends and beliefs may have originated, and how (ie Egypt) and so forth. I knew it'd be interesting, I didn't realize that I'd learn so much from it

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