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Blúiríní Béaloidis 15 - The Salmon In Folk Tradition

Irish communities have been sustained for centuries by the fruits of our seas, rivers and lakes, from which both physical and economic subsistence was drawn.

In this regard, this month’s Blúiríní Béaloidis episode sees Jonny and Claire focus their attention on the noble salmon. From the practical and economic to the abstract and symbolic, the 'silvery fellow', 'the king', the 'plum of the sea' has attracted a rich body of lore, tradition, custom and belief. Known to live between two worlds, freshwater rivers and saltwater seas, the salmon sits apart from its aquatic counterparts.

Join Jonny and Clare as they take in nefarious poachers and poisonous plants, superstitious fishermen and naming taboos. They'll uncover curious 15th century riddles, still echoing in the 20th century oral tradition. They'll discuss the Salmon of Life, Bradán na Beatha, as well as taking a fresh look at the well-known Salmon of Knowledge, reflecting 10th century Irish-Norse relations, and broader Indo-European narrative traditions.


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