• audio: Archangel Tar and Sealskin

    by  • 31 July 2008 • Audio, Gàidhlig, Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    We have audio!  Dan Finlayson, Ardroil, in conversation with Dolligan’s uncle (?) relating a story about an old cure (in Gaelic).  Click the arrow to play.

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    Peter (Padruig Mor, 7 Aird, born 1803) had terrible rheumatism, but the fishermen had culled a lot of large seals, so Peter was rolled in a sealskin smeared with Archangel Tar and thrown in the straw in the barn.  He was fed with oatmeal gruel and a little butter.  After a week in the sealskin Peter was crying out with starvation and was released from the sealskin.  He jumped to his feet and his joints were more flexible than they had ever been in his youth.  One of his toes had been protruding from the sealskin and it is said that that toe was stone cold for the rest of his days.

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    One Response to audio: Archangel Tar and Sealskin

    1. 26 May 2009 at 10:59 am

      Interesting story – woodtar (which archangel tar is) can be used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition that sometimes accompanies rheumatoid arthritis, and has a similar root cause.

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