Podcast #15: Legend of the Claddagh

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Their tales descend from olden days, when the first Celtic societies settled the rugged, green Irish landscapes. They were conquered, in time, by invaders from Gaul (modern France). Slowly, the population of original ancient Celtic inhabitants shrunk, becoming the “little people” of legend. Whenever something odd happened, the developing Irish culture blamed the wee folk—leprechauns and fairies, giving birth to tales of mischief, delighting generation after generation. Fanciful stories of faerie folk and little green people of questionable temper have their place in the realms of make-believe, cherished side-by-side with the Bible and books brought to Irish shores by St. Patrick. 

“Wherever they went the Irish brought with them their books . . . tied to their waists as signs of triumph, just as Irish heroes had one tied to their waists their enemies’ heads. Wherever they went they brought their love of learning and their skills in bookmaking. In the bays and valleys of their exile, they re-established literacy and breathed new life into the exhausted literary culture of Europe.”

                                                Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization

          Perhaps the most recognized legend and emblem of Ireland, next to St. Patrick’s story and shamrock, is the beautiful symbol of the Claddagh.

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READ ONLINE: This post is the audio version of my article featured in the March 2017 issue of RUBY MAGAZINE below:

The Irish understood the power of story and were instrumental in restoring literacy and learning to Western Europe after the fall of Rome thrust civilization into the dark ages.

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It is imperative to the survival of Western culture that the American family builds a creative environment in their home where literacy can flourish for their children and the riches of the history and literature of Western civilization are seeded into young lives. To that end, Pageant Wagon Publishing introduces a new record keeping tool to encourage reading on a daily basis with an emphasis on vocabulary building and critical thinking to support Family Literacy Lifestyles and homeschool family goals.

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Sharing Irish Storytelling: Legends and Love this week with:
Homemaking Party
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Katherine’s Corner
Pink Saturday
Spiritual Sunday
Literacy Musing Mondays
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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

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