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Story about a woman's trip to a wise woman for a snaile, 5 Aug 1870

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/105

Scope and Contents

Story collected from an unnamed woman Carmichael met on the road probably in Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist about her trip to a wise woman for a snaile. She had gone to the wise woman because she had a cow which was unwell and she did not know why. The wise woman or witch friend as Carmichael describes her, told the woman that it was probably because a number of people had 'put the eye' on the cow and gave her two snaile, 'which she kindly showed me each about 6 or 9 inches long and twisted of natural dusky brown wool. This is the colour "ciar" for brutes and scarlet for human beings'. The manner in which the snaile is tied to the cow is described and Carmichael notes that some religious people have had cattle use the snail 'if not at their request at least with their sanction'.

Dates

  • 5 Aug 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 32v, line 19 to folio 33r, line 21

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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