Kist o Riches Indeed
January 14, 2012 10:43 AM   Subscribe

Tobar an Dualchais will keep you busy for awhile. It's a collection of over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland, from the 1930s onward. Folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, oh my. Includes some fascinating material from Belle Stewart, the McPake Sisters of Peebles and John the Bard.
posted by RedEmma (5 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
This looks extremely interesting; thanks for posting it!

Nitpick: I don't understand why they use "Kist o Riches" (kist is Scots for 'chest, trunk, large box; coffin') as a translation/equivalent of Tobar an Dualchais, which means something more like 'well of heritage,' though dualchas is impossible to translate with a single word, being one of those Complicated Foreign ConceptsTM. See, for instance, here: "dualchas refers to more intangible matters of nature, character and duty" (it gives the glosses "1. Hereditary disposition or right. 2. Imitation of the ways of one's ancestors. 3. Bias of character. 4. Nature, temper. 5. Native place," among others).

Bonus Indo-European etymology: tobar 'well' is from Old Irish topur, which is collapsed (in Old Irish's typically drastic way) from *to-oss-bhoro-, where the *bhoro- part is cognate with Greek φρέϝαρ [phre(w)ar], Armenian albiur, and Old Norse brunnr, all meaning 'well,' as well as various words for 'spring' like Old English burna (which gives us the burn of, for example, Bannockburn).
posted by languagehat at 11:40 AM on January 14, 2012 [6 favorites]

Oh yes, I love this website! :)
posted by LN at 1:06 PM on January 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Fantastic find!
posted by immlass at 1:07 PM on January 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by veryape at 10:53 AM on January 15, 2012

Thanks for posting this!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 10:56 AM on January 15, 2012

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