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02:39 Apr 2, 2004
Gaelic to English translations [Non-PRO]
Gaelic term or phrase: allaigh
Wiccan chant.

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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5

if different spelling for *álainn*

Note added at 3 hrs 32 mins (2004-04-02 06:12:08 GMT)

An di allaigh an di aigh
An di allaigh an di ne ullah
An di ullah be nith rah
Cair di na ulla nith rah
Cair feal ti theo nith rah
An di allaigh an di aigh

The last line would read to the God of beauty, to the god of ....

It\'s not Irish Gaelic, it\'s some form of ancient language or a dialect. *An di* would seem to mean *the God of*.

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1 day 1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5

Only "beautiful" if misspelled for "àlainn," as mentioned. "Wild" or "savage," usually in compounds, e.g. "damhan-allaidh" "spider" (literally, "little wild ox/stag."

Note added at 5 days (2004-04-07 05:02:12 GMT)

Chan eil fhios a\'m - I don\'t know. \"Ullah\" is not Gaelic - \"h\" only comes after consonants or sometimes prefixed to words beginning in vowels - \"ti\" is not Gaelic unless accented \"tì\" which is a spelling *occasionally* used for \"tea\". \"Rah\" is not Gaelic for the same reason as \"ullah.\" Can\'t speak to the Wiccan-chant thing, I\'m not Wiccan partly because of all the cultural appropriation I witnessed among neo-Pagans in my younger days.

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neutral  EdithK: but .... then you are also saying that it's misspelt. The whole poem makes no sense. ADD: It's a Wiccan chant and makes not sense, it reads: The god of beauty, the god of evil, the god of ..... and I just am too lazy to puzzle it out but it could be done
3 hrs
  -> It's true. My own opinion is that either it was transcribed by a beginner or - possibly - a non-literate native speaker, or more likely just made up.
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