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Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic Paperback – September, 1994
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Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912) made this collection of 'old lore' over a period of 44 years in the second half of the 19th century. Without Mr Carmichael's efforts, it is possible that some, at least, of this material would have been lost forever.
Recommended to those who are interested in Gaelic literature as well as to those with a specific interest in the hymns and incantations.
If your looking for texts that haven't been to set to music so often as, for instance, the ave maria, look here.
If your looking for a spell to ward off the evil eye, you can probably find that as well : )
If looking for a part of our cultural heritage not regularly reported in cultural histories, look here.
These English translations of Gaelic texts make a whole other world available to the linguistically challenged, like me. : )
Fast forward to today, and consider that for most contemporary Christians, prayers are limited to church or the home and are typically formal. BORING! Carmina Gadelica is how true Christian prayer was meant to be; spontaneous, lively, of the moment, coming from the heart. This volume is a must for any serious student of Celtic Christianity. Read, savor, and be proud of the Celtic tradition of prayer. This is the Celtic book of uncommon prayer.
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Profoundly reverent. Many reviewers, here, mistakenly believe this compendium to be a blend of Pagan and Christian prayer. It is not. It is a profoundly Christian book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa Marie
Very detailed compilation of oral stories of beliefs and prayers.Published 18 months ago by Carol Boyd
Amazing book...never knew such a thing existed. All I can say is "WOW!" I would recommend this book with no reservations.Published on July 20, 2013 by sharon caley
Beautiful, haunting, and luminous. Anyone who loves Gaelic or Celtic culture and literature should check this out. The weaving of Christian and Pagan imagery is a marvel.Published on September 7, 2011 by Zoomer
As was seen with Japan the centuries of a State Religion couldn't eradicted the central Faith Truths. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Roger