At 01:28 PM 5/15/99 -0300, Neil McEwan wrote:
> Actually it was 1801 (tho' the first Gaelic New Testament appeared in
>1767). Prior to that, any Bible teaching given to Gaelic children from
>outsiders was required to be conducted in English, with the predictable
>result that very little if any of it was understood. I get the sense from
>reading the old texts (like the "Carmina Gadelica") that Gaelic
>Christianity was more about assimilating the names of key Christian figures
>into a largely pagan belief-system, which is what you'd expect when they
>had almost no access to Christian doctrine itself.
Well, how very interesting. 1801 was it?
Prior to that "Gaelic Christianity was more about assimilating Christian names into a largely pagan belief system."
The American War of Independence had already been lost by 1801, with
most of the Scots forced out of their homelands through Ireland taking
the American's side against the English.
The Clearances were far behind by then; few left to matter enough whether the sad remnants had their own Gaelic Bible or not.
Celtic belief had already gone from there, no longer a threat . . .
Poor John Field!-I trust he does not read this, unless he will
improve by it,-thinking to live by some derivative old country
mode in this primitive new country,-to catch perch with shiners.
It is good bait, I allow. With his horizon all his own, yet he
a poor man, born to be poor, with his inherited Irish poverty or
poor life, his Adam's grandmother and boggy ways, not to rise in
this world, till their wading webbed bog-trotting feet get talaria
to their heels.
Henry David Thoreau