May 19th, Vilho Raisanen wrote:
> this list: I would like to find well-written collections of folk tales from
> Ireland and Scotland. Last August I picked up a cheapo collection of Irish
> folklore from Blackwells in Oxford and was left with the impression that the
> stories would be very enjoyable if they were written well enough. I recall
> having heard about a collection by Yeats...? A scientific litterature pointer
> folklore collecting (esp. from Irish/Gaelic areas) would also do no harm.
One interesting reference for you might be any of Duncan Williamson's books.
I have "May the Devil Walk Behind Ye!" in front of me at the moment - and
have found them easy to obtain and straight from the horse's mouth, so to
speak. Duncan is a "Traveller" - and a carrier of Scottish Traveller Tales.
They're wonderfully written -- in "his" language... at least the way he speaks
today. (Real "Traveller" language - 'cant' - would be very difficult for
most of us to understand unless we had spent time with those people.)
Interestingly, "Travellers" are also known by some as "Tinkers"- a topic of
hot discussion on this list at the moment. As I understand that term,
however, it's considered tricky to use the word -- possibly perjorative.
The term "Travellers", however, refers to these peoples' lifestyle, and
their love of moving around -- living in caravans and moving from place to
place. Betsy Whyte's books, "The Yellow on the Broom" and "Red Rowans and
Wild Honey" tell Travellers' tales also from the inside. Wonderful books.
One last note... Scottish languages, people, stories and music are what
bring me to this list. It's a very rich field over there...
Well, I tried to find a 'cant' word for goodbye, with no luck.
But how about this:
"biker" (transl.: to run merrily and noisily)
...wishes for this day...
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