The Importance Of Biddy Early: Healer

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The Irish Renaissance was a period of time in which there was a great desire to connect and revitalize the old energies of folklore, myth, and magic with the new, creating a new cultural nation of Ireland. Lady Gregory’s 1910 folklore “Biddy Early: Healer,” is composed of multiple folklore of the aid Biddy Early gave to the poor, desperate rural people of Ireland during the Post-Famine Era in 1890. Although some people had doubted Biddy Early, the mythical and magical lore associated with her proved her to be reliable and comforting to the rural people who were desperate for help. Biddy Early was a woman of many talents, as the folklore would tell. She held secret powers and cures that were unknown to all. By looking through a magic bottle, …show more content…
Others doubted her. Priests even believed her to be a witch, forbidding people to go see her. They were mad at anyone who went to see her, one even saying to Biddy “You take the cure out of the hands of God” (Gregory, 59). Father Andrew had sent his horse with a sore on his leg as a test to Biddy Early, as “He would see what the devil can do” (Gregory, 59). With this statement, he is referring to Biddy as the devil, doubting that she can cure his horse, and will only end up killing it as the devil would. Sure enough, she cured the sore and Father Andrew then left the people alone. It wasn’t until Biddy had proved herself to the priest that her powers were not the work of a witch or the devil that he believed she wasn’t in fact a phony that was using people. Those who believed in her became the source of her powers. There were always going to be a select few who doubted or gossiped how her intentions were not true, which is why she was sure to keep an ear to the people. Biddy Early had many different stigmas about her; some good and some bad. When Lady Gregory interviewed the little girl of Biddy Early’s house, she revealed Biddy was a fair woman, “as good, and better, to the poor as to the rich” (Gregory, 63). She once called in a man off the road to give him some whisky, but ended up looking in her bottle, telling him to take an alternate way home, for the road he was on had a group of men that would not let him pass alive (Gregory, 63). She had used her magical, mythical powers for good, not evil, in any way she

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