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T, tinne, the holly. Tuesday. Truith, the starling; temen,deep grey; July 8 until August 4.TA, obs. water. Thus words such as tabach, marine.T-OSGAR, AN, the spirit of life; the life force. Men werethought born with a finite life-spirit, which could bereplenished but not to the point of immortality. Death wasthe draining of the final dredges of this source of power.TABH, TAIBH, the sea, the ocean, from ON. haaf, the open seaas opposed to inland or enclosed seas. In Norse mythologymer-people are referred to as the haafmannr. See tabhs.TABH, TABHALL, a sling, EIr. taball, a casting device, roottab, to fire, to sling, Eng. stab. Note next.TÁBHALL-LORG. Tablet staff, the wooden repositories forrecords, poetry, genealogy and history. Similar to theollamhs, which were kept on simple rods of wood. The lorgwere distinguished as taibhli-filidh, “poet’s staffs;”tamlorga filidh, “death staffs,” and flesc filidh, “featheredstaffs.” The Brehon Laws said that none but poets couldcarry such property. Made of birch or beech, these tabletscould be opened in the fashion of a fan. In a few instancesyew wood was preferred. See ogham.TABHS, TAIBHS, TAIBHSE, a ghost, or spirit, of the dead; aghost of the living; the visible totem animal of anindividual. OIr. taidbse, a vision, closely allied with the
English phantom. Men were believed accompaniedthroughout their lives by invisible external souls termedthe bafinne. At the approach of death these cowalkersappeared first to the victim and then approached hisrelatives to inform them of the passing. Eigheach taibhse annochd, the cry of a spiritual manifestation. Taibhsean an t-sleibh, the “ghosts of the moor.” Taibhseireireachd, theability to perceive the ghost world, “second-sight.” theobservation of the unseeen world. The warder of spirits ofthe dead was believed to be the detatched soul of the lastperson dead and buried in a given community. Guardianshipof this kind was never considered an enviable posting andwhen two men died at about the same time their relativesstruggled mightily to get their man or woman undergroundfirst. See fair’e chlaidh.TABHSEAR, TAIBHSEAR, a person gifted with the two sights,taibhs, apparition; ear, eastern. See an dara selladh.Related to the English seer. Dr. Keith Norman Macdonaldspeaks of an example of the second sight on the Isle ofSkye: "At that time merry-making at harvest-homes wasmuch more common than at the present day. A veryhandsome and well known couple were entertaining theirworkers and friends and, and everybody was as happy aspossible. Among (the guests) was a well known taibhsear,or second-sight seer,who was noticed by a friend to turnghastly pale all of a sudden and left the room. His friendfollowed him and asked what was the matter. The seerreplied, "It does not concern you, but before long a tragicevent will take place in this house." He had seen thehostess in her shroud. A fortnight after this occurrence thehostess, who was apparently in the best of health, wasdressing to go out in a party when suddenly she droppeddown dead in the bedroom." (Celtic Magazine, 1901, p. 147).TABHSEAR, TAIBHSEAR BREAMAS, the Brahan Seer; bra,mill-stone. Holed stones were often considered peep-holesinto the unseen world. Brahan Castle was long theresidence of the Mackenzies of Seaforth. Their doom wassaid predicted with uncanny accuracy by "Sallow" Kenneth,
"the Brahan Seer", who used his "long sight" to perceive theCount of Seaforth in bed with some French ladies. When herelayed this information to his mistress she reacted byhaving the soothsayer confined in a spiked barrel and rolleddown a hill. Her husband arrived too late to save themagician from cursing the family with his dying breath.This is a colourful but unlikely tale since there is record ofthe seer's execution before the Earldom was created: InJanuary 1577 a writ was issued to "apprehend, imprison andtry Kenneth, alias Kennoch Owir, principal or leader in theart of magic."TABHSHEIS, the bull feast. A ceremony in which a highdruid would eat the flesh of a bull and drink its blood.Sleeping with indigestion, this individual dreamed of thenext high-king. It was thought that if he lied about thingsseen in the dream the gods would punish him. As part of therites the king-to-be bathed in bull’s blood and ate and drankits substance. The bull-god was Lugh. See tarbh.TABHLEIS, TAIBHLEIS, obsolete form of taileasg, a boardgame, fidchell, similar to the English word tables.Literally, "nicked at the tables," or “Taken to the cleaners.”Having reference to its use as a tool of gaming.TACHAIR, meet, happen. Manx taghyrt, an accident, ahappening, from to + car, “to turn.” See next.TACHARAN, a ghost, the yelling of a ghost; an orphan, onealone in the world. Particularly the spiritual remnant, orunattached befinn, of an unbaptized child.TACHARRA, changeling, a dwarf or pigmy.TADG, TADHG MAC CIAN, (Teig), A Poet, Many-Layered. Deep.The son of Cian, king of Munster. He allied himself withCormac mac Art and was wounded in battle against theUlstermen. Cormac promised him whatever land he couldencircle with his chariot immediately after the battle.Cormac knew that Tadhg coveted Tara, which, at that time,

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