| Seamus Mac Conaonaigh
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| > On the other hand, some scholars such as Wagner have been arguing
| >the Northern African parallels with elements in Celtic languages for
| >some time. Though I doubt these tricksters would go to the same level
| >of analysis.
| Remember Bob Quinn's documentary called _Atlantean_? He was trying to
| show parallels between Irish culture and Northern African culture. One
| of the experiments he tried in the film ran as follows:
| A play was staged in Conamara in Irish by native Irish speakers.
| One scene during the play involved the use of some taped sean no/s
| singing being played while the acting was going on, and Bob
| substituted singing from Northern Africa (I can't remember where
| exactly - it's quite a few years since I saw the film) instead without
| the knowledge of the actors. None of the actors noticed the
| difference, and when questioned about it afterwards, none could recall
| anything strange about the music.
This is similar to a comparison done in the BBC series "Scotland's
Music", in which Gaelic religious hymns and traditional psalms from the
Highlands show great similarities to styles from what is believed to be
the oldest form of traditional Christian music, in Ethiopia. As well
as the early Christian Church connections, in various artistic
borrowings, the monk's "desert" retreat ideals, etc.
Still doesn't prove anything either, but interesting.