Xavier Delamarre wrote:
> The description of poetry as "weaving" (of words) is an old
> Indo-European metaphor...
> But I do not believe that Celtic *wa:ti- / *wa:tu- 'prophet / prophecy'
> has anything to do, in its etymology, with 'weaving'.
I'm reminded, in this connection, of the description in the Táin
of the prophetess (banfháith) Fedelm, who was weaving a "fringe"
or garment border, perhaps some kind of lace, ("ic figi corrthairi"
in LL), holding the "weaving-rod" of "white bronze" in her (right)
hand ("claideb findruini ina láim deiss" in LL; "claideb corthaire
do fíndruine inna láim" in LU).