Sound and Sense in Cath Almaine

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Sound and Sense in Cath Almaine

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Title: Sound and Sense in Cath Almaine
Author: O Cathasaigh, Tomas
Citation: Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás. 2004. Sound and sense in Cath Almaine. Ériu 54: 41-47.
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Abstract: Cath Almaine, a tenth-century tale on the battle of Allen, presents a remarkable sequence of verbal and vocal acts. They include pledges and promises, curse and prophecy, narrative before the battle and after it, a cry of victory given by the men of Leinster and one given by the war-goddess, the Fool's roar that memorializes the battle, sweet music heard by the slain warriors and a piteous warrior-chant heard by the victors. The tale points to the necessary interaction of word and deed, and to the absolute futility of warfare as an instrument of social order.
Published Version: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30007362
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3746569

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