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Halloween defies logic — 4 Comments

  1. I think I have to take a slightly different tack. Much of the data about the Celtic people derived from folklore collected by historians and academics. And enough of the stories were proved correct through archeological digs that we can no longer take the absolutist position. And even those academics post ww1 who focused upon written sources have to admit some have validity. Of course, much of the embellished is hooey, and doesn’t track further than Walt Disney. On the dates I believe we have the book of Ballymote.

  2. Glastonbury would find additional scope for daftness in the book of Ballymote – it is a source for British Israelism – “And did those feet, in ancient times!”

  3. You know it’s that daftness and whimsy that a lot of Irish people like about the English. We’ve tended to smother that tendency with an engineered seriousness here in Ireland. Nor does it matter which segment of Irish society either, Catholic, Protestant or Dissenter, that hard po-facedness is enameled to the soul by about 12 years of age it seems. To my mind if the entire county of Somerset decided to weave dream catchers and stick feathers in the hair. All while dancing about a menhir stone in some field, or woodland like sprites, giving the local fauna an eyeful could only be a good thing.

  4. Indeed. My enforced exile in Donegal as first my father’s carer and now my mother’s reminds me just how reductive and conformist rural Ireland is. The Irish are a very hard headed lot indeed behind the whimsical Hollywood image, while many of the English are just the reverse..

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