Circling the Tain 01: The Quarrel of the Two Swineherds (or “Where It All Began”)
Welcome to Series 6, “Circling the Tain”. In this series, we will delve into the fascinating web of stories making up the Tain tradition, with the Tain Bó Cúailnge, “The Cattle Raid of Cooley”, at its core.
We begin this exploration with the story of two talented swineherds and their shape-shifting,poetic quarrel. Join the Story Archaeologists as they begin to uncover just how much this entertaining story acts as a trailer for the complex of stories that make up the Tain tradition as a whole.
Without too big of a Spoiler Alert, we get excited again about Mongán in this episode! Here are the links to the podcast episodes on Mongán:
Throughout this series, “Circling the Táin”, we refer to the Ulster Cycle WordPress site by Patrick Brown. His site is a superb resource for this strand of old Irish literature. Peruse at your leisure!
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Music: “Tam Lin” by Gian Castello
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- Tagged: Acallam na nÉces, birds, Bodb Dearg, bulls, cattle, Crúachán, Dond Cúailgne, filid, Findbennach, Mongán, Otherworld, peist, pigs, poetry, rosc, shape-shifting, Síd ar Femun, Túatha Dé Danann, Ulster Cycle