Scríobh 29/12/2010 11:41, Richard Marsh:
> Ireland has been called the greatest outdoor Celtic museum in the world...
> Ireland is also the greatest indoor Celtic and pre-Celtic museum....
> Richard Marsh
Years ago, being described as a museum would have angered more of us
Irish than it does now, Richard, but at least I can use your "museum"
analogy to some good purpose here. Without re-reading my own posts,
Helen, I'm sure I did not use the term "purity of Irish traditions"
which has now become the title of this thread, thereby shifting the
focus from where I intended it to be.
Speaking in terms of museums and archaeology, ask yourselves just what
it is people working in such fields do? They comb the earth and label
and conserve their finds. They don't put them on display muddied by
later accretions, but strive to free them from them. Such artefacts may
be very fragile to handle and many have been mislabelled due to the
prejudices of researchers overly influenced by their own teachers who
themselves belonged to rigid schools of thought, whether European or
With specific regard to the treatment of ancient customs and beliefs of
ours, which are in a battle for life today against, for example, mass
commercial marketing directed at children and their parents today by
Disney et al., I would simply invite S-L people to use their god-given
ability to observe the butterfly wings of a culture rather than rushing
to stick pins in them and let my generation, at least, latitude enough
to flap our wings online in a space created specifically for that purpose.
Shedding such preconceptions can be an enjoyable experience, or so I'm told.
Marion Gunn * eGteo (Estab.1991)
27 Páirc an Fhéithlinn, Baile an
Bhóthair, An Charraig Dhubh,
Co. Átha Cliath, Éire/Ireland
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