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Re: samhain?

From:Kit La Touche <kit@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 0:00
this would also explain why it's pronouced, in english, as [Imolk] rather
than [Imbolk] (not strictly accurate transcriptions, there).  that is,
gaelic *i mbolg* would be pronouced without the b - the presence of the b
is an orthographic convention to show that the m is a nasal mutation of a b.

an alternative view, one that i don't hold, is that it's coming "out of the
belly of winter" or some such.

On Tue, 2 Nov 2004, John Cowan wrote:
> Wikipedia claims that it's < _i mbolg_ 'out of the belly' and refers > in some way to pregnant ewes. An alternative name is Oimelc, which is at > least good OG for 'sheep's milk'. > > In any case, it's Candlemas = St. Brigid's day = Groundhog Day = 1 February. > > This is a subject thoroughly imbued with "the fabulous Celtic > twilight [...] not so much of the gods as of the reason": the > most sensible article I've found (out of many bad ones) is at > > > -- > John Cowan > I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them > alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag > went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am > Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider. --Bilbo to Smaug