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[[ Download E-pub ]] ⚥ Scottish Myths And Legends å Amazing E Book, Scottish Myths And Legends By Rosemary Gray This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Scottish Myths And Legends , Essay By Rosemary Gray Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Although I ve mostly enjoyed this book and it could give me a first insight into the Scottish mythology I d like to warn people whose mother tongue is not English or who don t live in Scotland, because it may be REALLY difficult to understand some times. You will probably find this as a cheap edition, without notes, introduction or index, in any one of a number of Scottish tourist locations It is published by Lomond Books on the same principle as Wordsworth just get the text out there dead cheap and let the reader do his own assessment.Having said this, one should not be a snob You get your money s worth with tales that cover most of the main themes of ancient, medieval and early modern Scottish popular culture Between 50 and 60 stories give a taste of a distinctive network of cultures in these islands.I write network of cultures because the manufacture by nationalists of a single Scottish culture is as false here as it is in every case where petty nationalists get their grubby fingers on the education system and the museums Scotland is a damned complex place culturally We start with a mythological nature religion that personifies mountains as giants and the seasons as gods and goddesses In the Western Isles and around the coast there is a mythology of a land beneath the waves that men may visit and of mermen and mermaids who shed their skins.The old nature religion re emerges later as laird and crofter struggles with ghostly giants and spirits, mermaids who return to the sea when they recover the skin stolen by their earthly husbands and helpful brownies who are always chased away by insensitive offers of payment.Many of these stories contain hints of the culture behind the story On one side, men contesting the elements and having to fight for resources On the other, women having to be submissive most revealingly when faeries are found plotting to replace the good wife with a bad one of wood.Interestingly, the Christian religion plays only a small role in this book though that may be because of editorial choices We really have only St Columba, a bit of superstition about water in caves and, rarely, good presbyterian ministers chasing off naughty spirits but that s about it.There is a rich heritage of faery lore across the land, shared with the English, an entire parallel world which we humans deal with at our peril We have to remember that the lawless borders were never clearly Anglo Saxon or Celtic, Scots or English until quite late in British history.The faeries play their role in border ballads that can sometimes be about the medieval courts of the Scottish kings but are just as likely to be about ordinary folk though predominantly bards who find themselves losing years of their lives in attending a faery orgy in a mound.Politics comes into play with the Scots legendary stories that sometimes speak of the English as Rangers fans speak of Celtic F.C and you sense the struggle of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce but also of the robber barons on either side of the Scots English border behind them.Since the Western Isles with their Nordic heritage were as likely as not to be allies of the medieval English and the Scots be stirring it up against the Plantagenets in support of France, these stories tend to represent the culture of the loyal Scottish lowlands.Then there are the folk tales and fairy tales not Faery tales with their things done in threes, their princesses, their brutal moral lessons, wise old men and talking animals that have their analogues with much of the rest of Europe and speak to a common European heritage.Towards the end the sources of some of the stories become clearer in the round about Victorian circumlocations of the authors suggesting antiquarian folklorists re envisioning the tales for a genteel and sentimental urban reading public.A lurid Galloway Gothic tale of haunted ships strikes me as about as authentically ancient as a Glasgow Tikka Masala And there are the heavy handed peasant jokes wrapped up as folk tales and hints of a widespread peasant belief in witchcraft which led to vicious persecutions in history.You might spend a lot of time analysing each and every story but that would take half the fun out of the reading Overall, I would treat this book as an entertainment and, as an entertainment, it is value for money It s not a bad read It took me forever to finish reading it because that s how I am with anthologies.