On Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:31 +0100, David Stifter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>What I write here is extremely speculative: ogam is cognate with Gr. ὄγμος "furrow", Ved. ájma- "track", and it is likely that its original meaning was "furrow" although it is no longer used in that sense in Irish. achu apparently means nothing as such, but it could be aMiddle or Modern Irish mis-spelling for OIr. achad "pasture". Adding one and one, we get "until furrow and pasture are combined". In an agrarian society this is probably as absurd as having night and day together. Either you use a piece of land as a pasture or for crops, but you can't have your cake and eat it.
I like this idea that its an idiom of cosmological constants representing totality
Taking it from the CMT2 version
ogma sachu = ogma ocus achu(d) = track/furrow & field
nem & talom = heaven & earth
grioan & esqu = sun & moon
I know its just speculative but presumably 'ogam' for straight line inscriptions on stone derives from this lost word for track/furrow? And the character 'Ogma' is created straight out of the rosc as it appears in CMT2 and then later used as the eponym for ogam?