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5.0 out of 5 stars A profound contribution to Celtic studies, 6 Aug 2009
Alastair McIntosh (Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Gaelic Otherworld: Rev.John Gregorson Campbell's Superstitions of the Highlands and the Islands of Scotland and Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands (Paperback)
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.
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