The Sister's Son in Early Irish Literature

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dc.contributor.author O Cathasaigh, Tomas
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-30T13:59:16Z
dc.date.issued 1986
dc.identifier.citation Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás. 1986. The sister's son in early Irish literature. Peritia 5: 128-160. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0332-1592 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4266485
dc.description.abstract This study of the sister's son in some of the major early Irish narratives, in religious verse, and in the laws(and including linguistic analysis of kindred terminology) shows that the relationship between sister's son and maternal kindred is an important theme in the literature; the relationship can be amicable (and accordingly be greatly beneficial to society) or hostile (and greatly destructive of social order); the sister's son must be integrated into society by means of a solemn contract; and the social good will be served only if the obligations imposed by that contract are duly discharged on both sides. The social role of the sister's son can be summed up in the word goire, and this is reflected in gormac, which came to replace the inherited term nia as the designation of 'sister's son'. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Celtic Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Medieval Academy of Ireland en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.ucc.ie/peritia/index.html en_US
dash.license META_ONLY
dc.subject early medieval literature en_US
dc.subject mythology en_US
dc.subject saga en_US
dc.subject Ulster cycle en_US
dc.subject religious verse en_US
dc.subject medieval society en_US
dc.subject social structure en_US
dc.subject kindred en_US
dc.subject sister's son en_US
dc.subject avunculate en_US
dc.subject goire en_US
dc.subject gormac en_US
dc.subject nia en_US
dc.subject Táin Bó Cúailnge en_US
dc.title The Sister's Son in Early Irish Literature en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Peritia en_US
dash.depositing.author O Cathasaigh, Tomas
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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