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 Post subject: Re: Another Story
PostPosted: Fri 22 Jun 2018 1:34 pm 
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franc 91 wrote:
Go raibh maith agat a Bhríd.

This one is called -
'Na Gabhair ag Feuchaint ó Thuaidh'

The question I have is this - why is bad luck for them to look to the north ? or does this title have some other kind of idiomatic meaning ?


The goats? :dhera:

Here's the text of the story online, btw:
http://corpas.ria.ie/index.php?fsg_func ... sg_id=3087


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 Post subject: Re: Another Story
PostPosted: Fri 22 Jun 2018 3:35 pm 
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GRMA - I didn't realise that it was on the RIA site as well. In fact I've managed to get hold of a copy of the original and it's also available on Internet Archive.


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 Post subject: Re: Another Story
PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun 2018 12:44 am 
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franc 91 wrote:
This one is called -
'Na Gabhair ag Feuchaint ó Thuaidh'

The question I have is this - why is bad luck for them to look to the north ? or does this title have some other kind of idiomatic meaning ?

Feng Shui. :rofl:

Interestingly (but totally NOT the answer to your question), the Japanese (and more than likely other Asian cultures as well) consider it bad luck to sleep with your head pointed north. Why? Because that's the way they lay out the corpse at a funeral.

I'm sure it will come down to there having been some Druidic equivalent to Feng Shui, remnants of which linger in the folk culture.

Dinneen has an ghaoth a dtuaidh "the north wind, fig. misfortune, calamity", so there does appear to be some superstition about misfortune and the direction North, though I can imagine that also just being the practical fact that the North wind can be deathly cold and bring calamities like blizzards. :dhera:

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 Post subject: Re: Another Story
PostPosted: Wed 12 Sep 2018 8:07 pm 
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Dia daoibh go léir (I'm back from the South of France). Having taken the time to read through the whole text, I've realised that it's a succession of nonsense stories, so when his newly-wed wife and her mother suddenly become distraught about which way the goats are looking, it's completely illogical and it must have much amused those who were hearing him tell it. I have recently found out that there are equivalent stories told in la Haute Provence - known as histoires béotiennes, as people living in Béotie in Ancient Greece were traditionally considered to be not very intelligent or cultured, when compared to their neighbours. So which village or community in the Gaeltacht might have this kind of reputation amongst their neighbours, and have become the object of sarcastic jokes and sayings ?


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