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Cold Iron : Aspects of the Occupational Lore of Irish Fishermen - by Bairbre Ni Fhloinn (Paperback)

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'Cold iron' is a phrase that is used by fishermen as a euphemism to avoid misfortune at sea. This book provides a lively and compelling insight into the use of such euphemisms, which form a part of the work culture and occupational lore of Irish fishermen. The included material is based to a large extent on personal accounts and anecdotes from fishermen, and from historical sources. Specifically, it focuses on the belief that certain entities should not be mentioned while at sea, or while engaged in the business of fishing, for fear of attracting misfortune. Often, stock euphemisms or circumlocutions are used for the entities in question. Objects of ill omen typically involve animals, such as foxes, hares, pigs etc., and certain categories of people, such as red-haired women. This study attempts to place these beliefs in their historical context-an exercise that reveals a pedigree somewhat more impressive than the material itself might initially suggest-while also discussing the way in which knowledge of the beliefs has persisted. The book touches on issues such as group identity and social cohesion, and on the notion that the name avoidances might have served (as one of their primary functions) to focus the fisherman on the business at hand. As well as addressing questions of origin and function, this study examines the material as an element of contemporary folklore. Factors such as economic context and the risks inherent in the fishing industry are considered. The psychological and sociological dimensions of the material are also examined from a folkloristic perspective, with due emphasis on the essentially collective nature of the tradition. The study draws, to a considerable degree, on interviews conducted with fishermen and others involved in the industry from the late twentieth century to the present. It includes previously unpublished material from the archives at the National Folklore Collection in UCD. (Series: Scribhinni Bealoidis / Folklore Studies) [Subject: Folklore, Celtic Studies, History, Maritime History Memoir, Anthropology, Irish Studies]
Number of Pages: 426
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Folklore & Mythology
Series Title: Scribhinni Bealoidis / Folklore Studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Bairbre Ni Fhloinn
Language: English
Street Date: March 2, 2018
TCIN: 52220031
UPC: 9780956562876
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-6796
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