the trope of ritual as action, and operationalizes it in a way that will stay with the reader for a long spell. jon bialecki University of Edinburgh jacqueline borsje. The Celtic Evil Eye and Related Mythological Motifs in Medieval Ireland. Studies in the History and Anthropology of Religion 2. Leuven: Peeters, 2012. Pp. 387. This collection brings together Borsje's previously published essays on the evil eye and related motifs in medieval Irish literature. These articles have been revised and updated for this volume, which also includes an edition by Fergus Kelly of a legal text on the evil eye. In order to appeal to a wider audience, English translations of two central medieval Irish texts that feature one-eyed beings, Cath Maige Tuired and Togail Bruidne Da Derga, are included in the appendices. In Chapter 1, Borsje situates her study within the larger mythological landscape of early Europe. Beliefs in the power of the eye to cause harm are found in a variety of cultures and their texts, including Pliny the Elder's Natural History. So too are notions about how the noxious effects of the evil eye can be counteracted through performing certain gestures, wearing protective amulets, or pronouncing
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Feb 5, 2015
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