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Title:
The book of the Cailleach : stories of the wise-woman healer
Author:
Ó Crualaoich, Gearóid.
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Publication Information:
Cork : Cork University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xvi, 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781859183724
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Book

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Summary

This volume presents an analysis of the wise woman healer from the oral traditions of Ireland's rural communities. Stories, told and retold, embedded in the texture of culture and community, collected and studied for many decades, are here translated and made available to the general reader.


Author Notes

Gearoid O Crualaoich is Professor of Folklore and Ethnology in University College Cork.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
List of Illustrationsp. xvii
Part 1 Tradition and Theory
A perspective on Irish oral traditionp. 3
Oral narrative as literaturep. 12
The representation of the femininep. 25
Historical displacement of the autonomous femalep. 38
Retention/Reinterpretation of the autonomous femalep. 52
Part 2 Stories of the Cailleach and the wise-woman
Introductionp. 81
Stories of the Cailleachp. 100
Intimations of a female-centred cosmosp. 100
1. The Cailleach Bhearrthach and the cold of May-day Mondayp. 100
2. Cailleach Bhearra's shower of stonesp. 104
3. The Cailleach Bhearach and the walkerp. 106
4. The mark left by Cailleach Bhearrap. 109
5. Cailleach Bheara (Dun Chaoin)p. 111
Victories of a male-centred social orderp. 113
6. The Cailleach Bheurr and Loch Ba--Ip. 113
7. The Cailleach Bheurr and Loch Ba--IIp. 115
8. The Cailleach of Gleann na mBiorach and the black bullp. 120
9. The Cailleach Bhearach and Donnchadh Mor Mac Manaisp. 132
Displacement of the feminine in a male-centred symbolic orderp. 144
10. The Cailleach Bhearthach (Carna: Aird Thoir)p. 144
11. The Cailleach Bhearra and Saint Caitiairnp. 146
12. Meelick Round Towerp. 148
13. 'Don't believe a woman's words'p. 150
14. Ana Ni Ainep. 150
Retention of the feminine in a vernacular accommodationp. 163
15. The Cailleach Bhearthach (Carna: Cill Chiarain)p. 163
16. The Cailleach Bhearach (Ballycastle)p. 167
Stories of the Wise-Womanp. 174
Accommodating female knowledge and powerp. 174
17. The woman who used to see the fairiesp. 174
18. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the cartersp. 175
19. Incident recounted of a healing woman from Baile Bhoithin--Ip. 178
20. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the priestp. 181
Ordinary troubles remedied through resort to wise-womanp. 183
21. The stolen colt and the wise-womanp. 183
22. Maire Ni Chearbhaill and the heiferp. 185
23. Incident recounted of a healing woman from Baile Bhoithin--IIp. 187
24. Incident recounted of a healing woman from Baile Bhoithin--IIIp. 189
Wise-woman reveals deeper significance of life eventsp. 192
25. Maire Ni Mhurchu and my own motherp. 192
26. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the minerp. 195
27. Saint Fanahan's Well and Maire Liamp. 199
28. The girl who was struck dumbp. 201
29. Carn Tighearnap. 204
30. Maire Ni Chearbhaill and the blow from the red-haired womanp. 208
Wise-woman is able to remedy extraordinary afflictionp. 210
31. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the woman who was 'swept'p. 210
32. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the young man who was 'swept'--Ip. 215
33. Maire Ni Mhurchu and the young man who was 'swept'--IIp. 220
34. Sean 'Ac Seamaisp. 224
Part 3 Scealta i dtaobh Cailleach Bhearra agus i dtaobh na Mna Feasa
Prefacep. 233
Scealta I dtaobh Cailleach Bhearrap. 235
Comharthai soirt ar an mbaineannacht a bheith i gcroi lar na cruinnep. 235
1. An Chailleach Bearrthach agus fuacht Luan Lae Bhealtainep. 235
2. Cioth cloch na Caillighe Bearrap. 237
3. An Chailleach Bhearthach agus an coisip. 237
4. Rian na Cailli Bearaighep. 239
5. Cailleach Bheara (Dun Chaoin)p. 239
Bua na fireannachta sa tsaol soisialtap. 240
6. A' Chailleach Bheurr agus Loch Ba--Ip. 240
7. A' Chailleach Bheurr agus Loch Ba--IIp. 241
8. Cailleach Ghleann-na-mBiorach agus an tarbh dubhp. 244
9. An Chailleach Bhearach agus Donnchadh Mor Mac Manaisp. 247
Dispeagadh na baineannachta laistigh den reimse siombalach fireannachp. 254
10. An Chailleach Bhearthach (Carna: Aird Thoir)p. 254
11. An Chailleach Bhearra agus Naomh Caitiairnp. 254
12. Meelick round towerp. 255
13. 'Na creid briathra mna'p. 255
14. Ana Ni Ainep. 256
Buanu na baineannachta i gcomhoiriuntas an choitinnp. 258
15. An Chailleach Bhearthach (Carna: Cill Chiarain)p. 258
16. An Chailleach Bhearach (Baile an Chaisleain)p. 260
Scealta i dtaobh na Mna Feasap. 264
Ag glacadh le fios agus le cumas na mnap. 264
17. An bhean a chiodh na 'fairies'p. 264
18. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus na carrearaithep. 264
19. Eachtruighthe ar bhean leighis a bhi i mBaile Bhoithin--Ip. 265
20. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus an sagartp. 266
An cruachas a riaradh tri dhul i muinin na mna feasap. 266
21. An bramach a goideadh agus an bhean feasap. 266
22. Maire Ni Chearbhaill and the heiferp. 267
23. Eachtruighthe ar bhean leighis a bhi i mBaile Bhoithin--IIp. 267
24. Eachtraithe ar bhean leighis a bhi i mBaile Bhoithin--IIIp. 268
Leirionn an bhean feasa an bhri cheart ata le cursai an tsaoilp. 268
25. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus mo mhathair feinp. 268
26. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus an maidhneirp. 270
27. Saint Fanahan's Well and Maire Liamp. 271
28. An cailin ar baineadh a hurlabhra dhip. 272
29. Carn Tighearnap. 272
30. Maire Ni Chearbhaill and the blow from the red-haired womanp. 273
E ar chumas na mna feasa foirithint ar an bhfuadach sip. 274
31. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus an bhean a fuadaiodhp. 274
32. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus an buachaill a fuadaiodh--Ip. 276
33. Maire Ni Mhurchu agus an buachaill a fuadaiodh--IIp. 277
34. Sean 'ac Seamaisp. 278
Notes and Referencesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 288
Manuscript Sourcesp. 293
Indexp. 295