>From: Richard Marsh <[log in to unmask]>
>Just got round to it. A lot of theory based on unproven hypothesis.
It seems that you skipped over the bulk of the article and focused on the
portion that discusses whether or not the stone at Tara is the Lia Fáil. I
thought the previous portion, focusing on the reasons that it was not
phallomorphic, were worth considering, at least.
><snip>"The usual interpretation is not that the stone *is* the goddess,
>but that her voice from the earth comes out *through* the stone.
Actually, Richard, the first time I read this notion was when you posted it
on OIL. Who else has made the suggestion?
>It is a well-attested fact of human nature that women communicate with men
>through their penises.
Gee, I guess that's why women are constantly complaining that men don't hear
us--we're talking to the wrong end! ;)
>And as to the etymology, "fáil" has a number of possible meanings, not all
>necessarily mutually exclusive. I prefer "of the enclosure" and "of
As you say, there are several possibilities, and you have your own
>The PDF format is not particularly helpful for discussion purposes. You
>can't select and copy, as you can with html.
It's an option, not an inherent characteristic of the format. Whoever did
the conversion apparently didn't want people to copy the text and set the
internal security accordingly. The purpose of PDF is not to make it easy to
copy for discussion. It's to make it possible to distribute text to many
people while preventing people from changing the original. It also makes it
possible to scan printed text as searchable image which avoids having to
re-key millions of characters. Personally, I'm very grateful to the
powers-that-be at Celtica for adopting a policy of making their publications
available through PDF.
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