Meluki's Celtic Catalog

Celtic Culture in Words and Music

Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion

Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion
Item# 9781905267316

Product Description

Publisher: National Museums Scotland

Author: John Burnett

Folk takes and beliefs are as important a part of cultural history as novels or organised religion. Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion explores some aspects of life in the world in which Burns lived and wrote, the supernatural beliefs which people held, and how they fitted into their everyday lives. It ends with a detailed discussion of 'Tam o' Shanter'. Burns himself did not believe that the cloven-hoofed Devil appeared in Ayrshire, but he understood that other people did think that Satan walked the earth and witches were real, and that these were genuine beliefs which stemmed from the need to understand the inconsistent world. (pb)