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On Thu, 19 Oct 1995, L. Bruce wrote:
> Thank you for the great Samhain info!
> Does anyone else know of any for Scotland Samhuinn?
> I ran across this in a book by Raymond Buckland.
> A game played after the Samhuinn ritual fire in Lewis and South Uist:
> The head man of a village would wrap the hide of a mart or winter cow (cow
> killed for winter use) around his head and make off, followed by all the
> other men. The men would beat the cow hide with swtiches, making a noise
> like a drum.
> The disorderly procession wenet three times deisil round each house, striking
> the walls and shouting on coming to a door. " The "calluinn (pelting of the
> yellow bag of hide,
> Strike the skin (upon the wall)
> An old wife in the graveyard,
> An old wife in the corner
> Another old wife beside the fire,
> A pointed stick in her two eyes,
> A pointed stick in her stomach,
> Let me in, open this."
> Each of the revellers had to repeat this rhyme. Once inside the home, the
> men were offered refreshments and the leader gave the head of the household a
> Caseinuchd (a strip of skin from the heart of a sheep). The fragment which
> was oval in shape was wrapped around the point of a shinty stick and singed
> in the fire. It is then passed three times around the family and held to the
> noses of all for them to smell. It was consisdered a bad omen for the person
> in whose hand it ceases to burn. The caiseanuchd was regarded as a potent
> The first thing in the morning everyone has a dram of whiskey and a spoonful
> of half-cooked sugham, an ancient Celtic dish. The toast is made: Bliadhna
> mhath ur dhuit (Happy New Year to you).