It's interesting to note that you don't find much evidence of witch hunts
and burnings in Ireland. At least I haven't. Anyone have any different
A very interesting observation. I am not aware of any of the inquisitions or
witch hunts which had taken place elsewhere.
Many of the pagan practices were common and continued in Ireland throughout the
1600 and exist up to today. (Obviously, not human sacrifice of course)
but the superstitions which were passed on such as:-
Cover all mirrors during the mourning period in a house in which a death has
Put a curse on your neighbour by burying bad eggs on his/her land.
Kiss under the mistletoe for good luck, health and prosperity.
Don't play musical instruments in a house in mourning (after the burial).
Celebrate the passing of a loved one by holding a WAKE.
These are just a few of the celtic beliefs that were passed on. Does anyone
have more superstitions to add to the list???
I believe that there was a much more tolerant attitude towards the assimilation
of celtic beliefs by the church in Ireland so that the clashes that occurred
elsewhere didn't arise.
I have found this also between priests I have known in Ireland versus priests I
know in California. Again, a risky generalization based on a small sample but
worthy of mention nonetheless.
John P. Cahill