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So let renowned folklorist Kevin Danaher introdice you to the brilliant storytellers and the ancient art of storytelling in Folktales from the Irish Countryside. Inside you'll find a classic representation of forty wisdom-filled tales—told long ago by the firesides of our forefathers and collected by neighbors and friends—that enliveded the evenings of past generations....
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So let renowned folklorist Kevin Danaher introdice you to the brilliant storytellers and the ancient art of storytelling in Folktales from the Irish Countryside. Inside you'll find a classic representation of forty wisdom-filled tales—told long ago by the firesides of our forefathers and collected by neighbors and friends—that enliveded the evenings of past generations.
Posted June 3, 2011
In an effort to preserve his culture the author documented old Irish stories. Besides entertaining you this book will introduce you to 6 storytellers he interviewed.
Their tales are unique to their own distinctive personalities.
Besides entertainment, you get direct insight into their own values and interests. If you want stories that accurately reflect the Irish culture start here with some from it's own people.
Posted May 7, 2009
This author has gathered Irish tales from current oral sources and translated them for us into English. These come from his family and acquaintances, and cover a range of story content and styles.
We see here the rich and ancient Celtic worldview of a dynamic reality vested with spiritual and non-human entities that interact with humans. Here we find spirits of the dead who are among us until they have finished some business, often requiring interaction or approval from a living person. We learn of fairy folk and magical people.
In common with oral-relational cultures all over the world, these Irish stories focus on the action, the inter-relationship, the relational progress to the goal of the story. No unessential information is included in these tales. To the scientific and linear logical mind, we see many details left unexamined, why did they do this, why didn't they just do this, why would it happen this way, etc. Nothing happens but what will enable the story to happen!
Layers of Lore
Danaher points out sdp,me of these stories are similar to earlier Germanic tales that entered in to the Irish Celtic oral lore over the centuries. Some of the tales here or similar ones have been catalogued by world folktale specialists. He suggests that some of these may have been borrowed in recent times from written sources.
It also seems that a likey ancient oral source Danaher has overlooked is the Germanic settlement groups in Ireland itself. We know that in the Middle Ages many Norse (Viking) groups raided and settled in Ireland. Likewise, the Anglo-Normans lords brought much of their original German lore with them when they conquered the British Isles, including Ireland.
Many of these Germanic stories, in fact, seem to have roots in even older Celtic stories of the Celtic tribes absorbed by some of the Germanic peoples in early history.
These are entertaining stories, recovering a not-too-distant past where the oral world of imagination was an important part of the normal culture. This oral value is pointed up in the first story, about a young many who has no story, and how a mentor arranges for him to have a personal adventure that will make a good story!
Story-telling is a high value in all oral-relational cultures. Our recent focus on literacy has changed the way modern society thinks and organizes its sense of reality. These Irish tales are a pleasant reminder of our dynamic imaginative heritage that sees reality as an open universe, to be explored and experienced.
This provides a high adventure compared to the often pedantic and dull confines of a deterministic scientism that tells us all is determined forever and all that is left for us to discover are simple facts related to cause and effect.
Here we see strange and likely imaginary realities. These stories revel a sense of wonder and dynamism in the human interaction with our world!
Posted April 20, 2009