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Charm entitled 'Tearna Moire' [Placenta of Mary], vocabulary and accompanying story, 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87/22

Scope and Contents

Charm entitled 'Tearna Moire' [Placenta of Mary] collected from Ana Nic an Liallain bean Eachain 'ic Iosaig [Anna MacLellan], bocag [pauper], Ceannlangabhat, Iocar, S[outh Uist] [Iochdar, Uibhist a Deas] on 16 October 1867. Anna states that she got the charm from her mother Cairistina Chamaron [Christina Cameron] who got it from her mother Mairi O' Shialaidh [Mary O' Henly] and it had been in the family for many generations. The earna [nut] was mounted in silver attached to a cross which was suspended from a ribbon and put around the neck of a woman in labour. The charm, which is repeated three times, begins 'Faic a Mhoire a bhean, us i eir fòd a bhais', the earna is placed to the lips and then the hand of the woman each time the charm is said. The vocabulary lists the words for placenta of different mammals. The text of the charm has been scored through in pencil. Additions to the text have been made later in ink.


  • Creation: 1883

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 41 folios ; 18 x 23 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 16r, line 1 to folio 16r, line 2 and folio 16r, line 4 to folio 17v, line 16

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