Play recording: Joe Heaney: How Joe Lost His Way
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- Teideal (Title): Joe Heaney: How Joe Lost His Way.
- Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 840121.
- Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
- Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
- Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
- Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
- Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
- Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
- Catagóir (Category): story.
- Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
- Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): unavailable.
- Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 31/01/1984.
- Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
- Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): evening class.
- Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
- Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.
Joe tells how he gets lost for three days on his way to a wake, because he forgets to put a pinch of salt on his tongue before setting out. The trouble was, he must have stepped on a patch of ground where someone had died during the Famine – ‘an féar gortach’ (the hungry grass) they called it – and if you stepped on such a spot when you were going to a wake, unless you had salt on your tongue, you would disappear. Joe spent three days invisible – people were looking for him, but couldn’t find him – until he remembered to turn his coat inside out. Then he came to himself, knew where he was, and went home where, needless to say, nobody believed a word of it.
Similarly, there is something called the fóidín meara, ‘a spot of ground on which one is supposed to be led astray’; see Hartmann, Hans, Tomás de Bhaldraithe and Ruairí Ó hUiginn (eds.), Airneán: Ein Sammlung von Texten aus Carna, Co. na Gaillimhe, Max Niemeyer Verlag Tübingen (1996), vol 1, line 6874 and vol 2, p. 128.