At 11:00 AM 5/30/99 , Neil McEwan wrote:
>>Is it just me, or does "biudseachd" sound like a Gaelicization of
> It's not just you, but to be honest I know little enough about what
>"witchcraft" in the English tradition is supposed to encompass that I
>avoided translating it that way, in case it was not a direct match with
I know what you mean. I always get a mental tic when I see Sidhe
translated as fairies, even though that's the word we use around Glen.
>for example, some of the very old stories dating from the
>time when Christianity was not as strong are said to show buidseachd in
>a positive light: I don't know if that had a parallel in the English folk-
>tradition about witches.
> But obviously there are strong similarities as
>well between the two.
& probably a fair amount of cross-pollination too.