A. G. van (Anton Gerard)
Hamel b. 1886–d. 1945
In the present paper a more or less conjectural text is given of a cumulative story in Irish, which was heard in West-Cork. It consists of an introduction, linking the events of the tale to the great famine of the nineteenth century, a main part or body, whose bardic character speaks in favour of seventeenth or eighteenth century origin, and a tail containing a well-known cheville. The body relates the struggle of an old couple with their ten sons against a supernatural being called Meacanán. This name also occurs in a seventeenth century text, Pairlement Chlainne Tomáis, and means Turnip-Man. A Russian folk-tale, Rjepka, is compared, and it is suggested that the two stories should be fundamentally identical. In that case the Irish version would have developed from the original frame under bardic infiuences.
Contributions to journals
Hamel, A. G. van, “[Review of: Evers, G. A. [comp.], E. J. Gras [ass.], J. M. Keyman [ass.], and M. J. Reynvaan [ass.], Lijst van gedrukte geschriften over de Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht. Proeve eener bibliografie 1634–1936, Utrecht, 1937]”, The Library Association Record, 4th series, 4 (November, 1937): 612.
Begins “Read 14 November 1934 Some scholars look upon a myth as an article of faith of pagan times. Others take it as an expression of the early religious mind in a symbolic form. However, neither dogmatism nor speculation belongs to the primitive properties of religion. Their influence, great though it may become in the course of evolution, is not in any degree underrated if precedence is given to an altogether different aspect of mythology, which is of a practical and, therefore, a more primitive character. Myths have an essential bearing upon the execution of the earliest religious functions, that is, upon the ritual intended for the obtaining of a gift or favour from a superior power. Where a god is worshipped, the myth is there to remind him of what he has done or allowed on a previous occasion. [...]”
Republished in Revue Celtique 37.
Hamel, A. G. van, “[Review of: Evers, G. A. [comp.], E. J. Gras [ass.], J. M. Keyman [ass.], and M. J. Reynvaan [ass.], Lijst van gedrukte geschriften over de Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht. Proeve eener bibliografie 1634–1936, Utrecht, 1937]”, in: Hulshof, Abraham [ed.], Opstellen bij zijn afscheid van de bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht op 31 mei 1940 aangeboden aan G. A. Evers, Utrecht, 1940. 26–27.
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