The Tain Retold By Karina Tynan from the perspective of the female figures.

This Nine Wave immersion will weave together the Tain as in the principle sources with Karina Tynan’s body of work telling the Tain from the perspective of the female figures. We intend to focus on the difference between the two tellings and use the small group discussions to pull out learnings and implications. Karina’s tellings have been a central part of the Bard events. For the last 15 years and have always enchanted participants and  opened up new perspectives on the myths.

Obviously, one of the key areas of interest will be the comparison from the genders perspective. We can also address questions as to whether the Tain might be heard as a critique of the warrior ethos and culture and perhaps a defence of the Goddess Culture of the Tuatha de Danaan. As always there will be a lot of time given to discussions and the collective points of view of the group and also the implications for modernity. Our Six Week Experience in the unique Irish Mythology through Oral Myth Telling, Group Discussion and exploring contemporary relevance.

Saturday PM  4.30pm-6.30pmKarina’s Telling
Sept 4thThe Tain: Cú Chulainn – the Birth and Boyhood deeds These are the stories that build the background to the great Irish epic. They follow many of the classic motifs of hero stories.Neasa –grandmother who becomes a warrior after her family slaughtered Dechtine –CuChullain’s mother speaks
Sept 11thCurse of Macha The goddess Macha  comes into the life of a farmer Crunnchu. All his needs and dreams are met….. But he can’t resist boasting!Macha – perspective from the goddess Scáthach – the warrior’s guide
Sept 18th  Deirdre of the Sorrows This is one of the great love stories in the Irish Myth tradition and one of the most tragic. It can be seen as an encounter between an older “goddess” culture and the “warrior” culture.Deirdre of the Sorrows The story from Deirdre’s perspective
Sept 25thMedb and Pillow Talk The discussion between Medb and her husband that sets  up the great battle. Is it jealousy or envy that starts the great fight, the civil warMedb 1 and Finabar The woman’s role in the battle
Oct 2ndScáthach and Aife We cover here some of the key women in Cu Chullain’s life and the pivotal role that they play, as guides, opponents and loversFand and Morrigan The otherworld lover and  the war godddess
Oct 9thThe Battle at the Ford This is the great brother battle of the epic told from the perspective of the typical narrator and then from a close interested observer,Emer   What is the perspective of the hero’s wife on all this
Oct 16th Connla and the Death of CuChullain The consequences of living the warrior code become tragically evident in the final stories in the epicMedb 2  the Queen and Goddess reflects
Oct 23rdReview and Reflections Where are we now on the Tain. Reflections on the Immersions and some further retellingsGroup Reflections
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