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A Restoration of Keening Practice as a Modern Tool for Release

Irish Pagan School Conference Classes 2019

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Keening, the Irish tradition of funeral lament, seems to be returning to our shared consciousness at a time when we really need skills for grieving. Lamenting the absence of the Bean Caointe (Keening Woman) from the sphere of mainstream grief and death ritual in modern day Ireland, Anna will talk about keening as a tradition, and look at how lament singing as a global indigenous practice contained a wisdom about how to integrate our grief into the energy of our communal life. She will share recent group experiences of the re-imagining of keening (as inspired by the Finnish Karelian lament revival tradition), and if the spirit approves, she'll perform a keen she wrote to engage with elements of the Irish tradition of honouring that which is gone from us.

Individual class presentation recorded at the Irish Pagan School Conference in late December 2019, on Irish Magic & Folklore.

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Anna Mae
Anna Mae

Anna grew up in the North East of England, having ancestry in Kerry and Dundalk. She has lived in Donegal for the last 17 years, in that time having access to experiences which have strengthened her sense of the animate world and the collective unconscious which sings throughout it. She has a degree in anthropology, but, cognizant of the colonial history within that discipline and her own genealogy, did not pursue the study further. She has professional therapeutic training. Her interest is in transpersonal, transpecies and transgenerational communication and dynamics, particularly through dreams and non-ordinary states. She is a poet, and has occasionally been called a seer, though this latter 'talent' appears far too haphazardly to be listed as a qualification.


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