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John Gregorson Campbell (1834-91), a Gaelic speaker from Appin who spent his life as minister of Tiree, was one of a number of outstanding folklorists working in Scotland during the second half of the 19th century. Based on materials which he had gathered in the 1850s and 1860s, his “Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland” and “Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland” were published posthumously in 1900 and 1902. Engaging… More >>

The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands and Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands

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  • Like all of Ronald Black’s work, this is an immensely detailed work of lovingly crafted scholarship. It is far more than simply a re-presentation of Campbell’s collection of faerie stories and similar lore. What, to this reviewer at least, is most important, is the commentary on Campbell and his culture – our archaic culture (in the sense that Jung or Levy-Bruhl would have understood) – that Black so richly provides, giving up-to-date scholarship into Celtic/Gaelic “otherworld” paradigms such as can only come from one who has been immersed in the culture and is, indeed, one of the greatest living Gaelic cultural scholars of our time.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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