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A Guide to the
Traditional Irish Wake
Ireland the sleep which knows no waking
always followed by the Wake which knows no
journey that begins with death (in Irish Gaelic: Bás) has many travelers
only one of whom is the corpse itself. Death leaves a strange void within
a community and it is by way of the wake that the living close up that
wound. How can any people hope to survive without
the healing power of the wake?
can one live on when one knows that there will not be the guarantee of
the traditional send off which has eased countless past generations as
they have traveled, all be it for a short while, with death and with the
corpses which have appeared amongst them. This publication describes the
traditional Irish wake so that we might all re-discover how to journey
safely with death and knit up our community safely in its wake. Tape bound,
91 pages. New Second edition!
now....that's well and good, but don't you know that life without a grand
Irish wake now and then is as dry and as tough as an old dry bone? To be
sure a good party now and again is a grand thing. It's not hard to
tell all the grief we would suffer if it were not for death!
treasury of the Traditions of the Irish Wake.
will die and when?, What is a Wake, Keening and Crying, Preparations and
Requirements, Setting Up the Wake House, Watching the Body, Visiting the
Corpse, Historical Accounts of Wakes-What are they like?, Interference
of the Clergy and Government, Food and Drink for Wakes, Recipies for Food
and for Drink, The Whiskey and Drink, Music and Songs for Wakes,
Storytelling and Recitation, Wake Games and Amusements all assembled with
the hope that all will be able to receive a proper send off in their journey
to that other shore. "To Die and to loose one's life are much the same
thing...."and many other traditional sayings. Learn to play the
game "Stealing the Goats" or "Building the Ship". Even a
few good Irish Wake jokes! "God never closes one door but he opens
another!"-One of the doors he opens is via the Traditional Wake. This
book will help you be prepared when the time comes.
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