thanks for your response. I've no idea what the 'Green Man' is all about,
but I'm keen to learn more about the Red Hand. Can you point me towards a
few sources you found useful?
p.s. Congratulations in actually discussing a Celtic-L topic instead of
joining in the rant over Anglo-American politics.
At 10:43 AM 12/5/99 -0500, you wrote:
>At 10:29 PM 12/5/99 +1100, Daryl Adair wrote:
>>is it time to start thinking about symbols of
>>the NI state that are inclusive rather than sectional?
>I am working on an art quilt involving Celtic symbolism and I had looked at
>that page you cited when researching the history of the Red Hand a/k/a Bloody
>This symbol is ancient, used by both sides, although it may be offensive to
>some because its frequently used by the UVF now.
>The legend is the Red Hand comes from the O'Neill's of Ulster, although I
>suspect its far older. Supposidly, the O'Neill wanted to win a boat race
>required the winner to touch the shore, so he cut off his hand, and threw it
>onto shore from his boat, thereby winning the race.
>Also, the Tree of Life seems appropriate to me
>I've long been fascinated by the Green Man -- does anybody really know what
>he's about? Seems to me it must have to do with Life or Abundance.
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