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This page is a compilation of
traditional material from
Kathryn Price NicDhàna and Raven nic Rhóisín
(This part can be done in place of the shorter call to Tara. If it feels too wordy for that section of the ritual, but you still want to include it, it could be added in later - either after the poem for Brighid, or around the fire later on.)
And now we address Tara herself, calling her by her many historical names and poetic titles, and introducing ourselves accordingly. This poem is from the Metrical Dindsenchas, a poetic description of the names of places and natural features in Ireland, and may be read in its entirety at http://www.mythicalireland.com/mythology/dindshenchas/volume1.html. While this is being read, focus on reaching out and connecting to Tara, her long and proud history, and her role as the center of Ireland, seat of kings and queens and home of the land.
RL: There was a time when it was a pleasant
Thenceforward it was called Druim Leith-
Thenceforward it was called Druim Cain,
Cathair Crofhind ('twas not amiss)
Round her house was built a rampart
The Seat of the Kings was its name:
If the ritual is being performed by a group, people who live in, who hail from (or whose ancestors hail from) one of the provinces can represent that province and read that section. If you or your ancestors are not from Ireland, a group could assign roles based on professions or callings - a teacher for the west, a warrior for the north, someone who works with money or trade for the east, a musician from the south, and the ritual leader or head of household for the center.
RL: And Ireland, how has it been partitioned,
where have things been therein?
pause, face west
RL: Her learning, her foundation, her
pause to honor the west, face north
RL: Her battles, also, and her contentions,
pause to honor the north, face east
RL: Her prosperity then, and her supplies,
pause to honor the east, face south
RL: Her waterfalls, her fairs, her nobles,
pause to honor the south, return to center
RL: Her kings and queens, moreover, her
Whence are these? Not hard.
From Mide, from Bile, from Bethre,
RL: We honor the land of Ireland!
All: We honor the land of Ireland!
RL: Her mighty provinces, her seat at Tara. We greet her with the hand of friendship extended to the five provinces. We embrace her sacred center.
RL: We embrace her sacred center!
All: We embrace her sacred center!
1. The above text is from the Irish "The Settling of the Manor of Tara". It has been trimmed down for ease of flow, but other than that few changes have been made. You can view the full original text at http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/tara.html
This page is a compilation of traditional
material from ancient Irish Manuscripts. It has been somewhat edited down,
amended and slightly altered by the authors of this ritual.
Website design, code, graphics, and look and feel copyright ©2007 Kathryn Price NicDhàna for Big Electric Celt.
All worldwide rights reserved.
"Taras Dancers" graphic copyright ©2007 Ingrid GrayWolf Houwers
Aerial photo of Hill of Tara courtesy Michael at Knowth.com
Thanks to Paul Pigman for additional coding.