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Title: The tree in Scottish Gaelic literature and tradition
Author: Newton, Michael
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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The tree is one of the most enduring symbols of Gaelic literature and tradition, displaying a remarkable continuity from the earliest Old Irish sources up to the literature of Modern Scottish Gaelic. Although the many manifestations of the symbol of the tree in Gaelic literature - the axis mundi, the Otherworld tree, the warrior-king as tree, the forest harvest, and so on - can be ultimately traced to the universal archetype of the Tree of Life, these many forms are moulded and expressed according to the unique experiences, traditions and physical environment of Scottish Gaelic society. The literary expression of the symbol of the tree is particularly influenced by the conventions of the 'Gaelic Panegyric Code'. This thesis is a survey of the appearances and functions of the symbol of the tree in Scottish Gaelic literature and tradition and an overview of the development of this symbol in its many contexts, literary and folkloric.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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