Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Picking bilberries, fraughans and Whorts in Ireland: the human story [£50 on Amazon] about the impact this humble species had on the community. There were times, particularly during the wars, when fraughans could be sold for good money to dealers who came from London: the usual supply from the Baltic states being interrupted. Garland Sunday is naturally associated with Lughnasadh 1st August which marks the beginning of the harvest season. Lugh is the god of light and he has been in everlasting conflict with Crom Dubh, the dark crooked one. This may remind you of another great dualistic religion Manichaeism which burst out of Persia in the C3rd CE and spread through the known world.