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Cf. the Germanic Valkyries.

*val- 'corpse' + kyr- 'choose'; Val-halla... 'hall [cella]'

Women's names  based on <Hild> 'battle'...

Ger-hild 'spear + battle', Brant-hild 'sword+battle', Macht-hild 'might +
battle' [Mathilde, Maude]...

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Graeme Bailey wrote:

> Greetings Nicholas,
> I have been busy but I meant to ask you...
> Is your answer here ironic? I wasn't sure
> of how to read it...
>
> At 09:30 AM 04-06-1999 -0500, you wrote:
> >At 10:50 am 3/6/99, Graeme Bailey wrote:
> >...
> >>In Everyman's Dictionary of Non-Classical Mythology...
> >>"Macha. In Celtic myth a war goddess whose name meant 'Battle',
> >...
> >>Is the above stuff substantially correct?
> >>Does Macha really mean 'Battle' or is the
> >>battle connotation only
> >>in connection to the stories?
> >
> >Itseems suspicious to me that "macha" (with an aspirated velar, and a long
> >final a) is the usual word for battle in Ancient Greek (strictly speaking,
> >in Doric dialects).  Perhaps the Evereyman mythologist was clouded by a
> >classical education?
>
> Did you see the post I made with the clips about 'plains'
> of battle, and various 'Machas'...
> I know that etymology is the science of the meanings of words...
> but in the context of Irish Goddesses etc, wasn't it the Irish
> habit to be sometimes rather cryptic about these things?
>
> I was thinking of the phrase
> 'Mo chraoibhin cno' where the meaning is apparently
> 'My cluster of nuts, my brown eyed girl... meaning Ireland..
> from the time when it was treason to sing of Ireland...
> and the poets sang in many endearing and figurative titles?
> Couldn't this phenomenon have something to do with
> the names of old Deities? and the apparent confusion
> over 'Macha'?
>
> Were you suggesting that a classical education was an advantage
> in studying Old Irish or did I miss something?
>
> Best regards
> Graeme
>
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