The book of the cailleach stories of the wise woman healer gearoid o crualaoich on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this powerful analysis of the wise women healer from the oral traditions of irelands rural communities is unique in its depth and perspective stories. 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 for the first time the figure of the wise woman the hag the cailleach or the red woman are part of an oral tradition which has its roots in pre christian ireland. Wonderful collection of stories about the cailleach archetype particularly rich in stories from the west of ireland these tales are often about bheara or later the local wise women that later fulfil her narrative role. The book of cailleach is a text book of sorts a review and study on the old tales of the wise woman healer hag goddess persona an in depth dissection of tales from pre and post christian influence some tales are primitive and dark some attempt to make sense of natural phenomena. Get this from a library the book of the cailleach stories of the wise woman healer gearoid o crualaoich this powerful analysis of the wise woman healer from the oral traditions of irelands rural communities is unique in its depth and perspective stories told and retold embedded in the texture
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