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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 4 / 2018  

Authors:  ADRIAN RADU.
When Storytelling Becomes Heritage. Ireland is a country with an almost unique experience in storytelling. The stories represent a treasury of what for centuries used to be the oral tradition of the Celts, a people whose civilisation dawned in Europe but who found in Ireland a sheltered place where their original culture could be preserved. These tales take us to a fabulous and fascinating world, where reality blends with fantasy with unequalled lack of any restraint and where time, as we conceive it, practically does not count. Their setting is both ancient Ireland and the mythical world of the Sídhe, the enchanted Otherworld of the faeries (Gantz 1981, 2). It is the aim of this article to concentrate on a few of such stories or tales considered more representative and examine how they became the essence of the inherited Irish spirit and were transmitted from generation to generation and constituted what is now called Irishness.

Keywords: Tuatha Dé Danaan, Ulster, Cú Chulainn, Macha, Finn MacCool, Fianna, Oisín, dinnsheanchas, imram, echtra, buile, Sweeney
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