Cailleach

A' Chailleach/ The Cailleach School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
Visual-artist Judith Parrott and singer-songwriter Gillebride MacMillan collaborate to present a creative response to A' Chailleach - goddess of the weather, creator of Scotland and maker of mountains. Specifically, the project explores the role of The Cailleach as Weather Goddess with reference to the climate crisis and COP26. Dear Green Bothy's A' Chailleach will question how respect for traditional knowledge and engagement with wilderness, can inform action to the climate crisis being addressed by COP26.

Dr Alasdair Whyte will also present a lecture on The Cailleach in placenames and lore in Gaelic Scotland.

This event is presented as part of The Dear Green Bothy, a collaborative cultural programme from the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts showcasing creative and critical responses to climate emergency.

Katherine Whyte Grant -

  • Myth, tradition and Story from Western 1925
  • Aig Tigh na Beinne 1911

John Shaw

  • Oral traditions / folklore of Argyll - The Argyll Book 2004

Alasdair C Whyte -

  • The cailleach in place clog.glasgow.ac.uk

A Chailleach Bheur - Argyll

variants
Gearoid O Crualaoich - book of the Cailleach 2003 - 88.
A Chailleach Bheur - Argyll
beur - shrill, sharp, cutting
beithir - thunderbolt
beithir - wild savage destructive

in some lore, the cailleach is dropped to empathise the wildness.


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