> From: Pamela Highet [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> This is not the beginning of a civilized discussion, but rather baiting.
> pardon me if I don't go fishing.
Fishing or fishy? ;)
It's very interesting that when Pamela chooses to "kid" other
people, she's being humourous, but she's not much open to being on the
receiving end, apparently. Or perhaps it's simply that she doesn't like to
be disagreed with. I guess we should all take notice accordingly!
> The balance between the religious functionaries and
> > the ruling
> > ones extended over the entire year, not just one feast.
> Perhaps someone else suggested this. I did not.
Pamela Highet wrote:
"Tara was the political center of Ireland, Uisneach was the spiritual one.
Tara was the seat of Kings, while Uisneach was the seat of the priests. It
was crucial (according to Rees and Rees) that these two centers remain in
perfect balance. If one center gained more power, chaos would ensue.
One such example (citing from memory, we all know by now how well I do with
THAT) is that the fire at Tara was not lit until the fire at Uisneach was
sighted. Not doing so would throw off the balance of power."
Since the fires were lit at Uisneach on Bealtaine, your statement
appears to suggest that the balance was linked to this lighting; by
inference that suggests that the balance was intrinsic to that date.
However, in my humble opinion, the balance also exists in the fact that the
fires were lit at Uisneach at one end of the year and at Tara at the other
(Samhain). Thus the entire year was involved. You made no mention of this.