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[Ir., the act of rowing, sea voyaging].

Conventional first word, usually translated as ‘voyage’, in the titles of a class of Old and Middle Irish narrative in which travellers reach an Otherworld supposedly in the islands of the Western ocean. Compare stories beginning Echtra …, where interest focuses on a scene in the Otherworld and the voyage is a subordinate framework. The imram is undertaken voluntarily; an often involuntary voyage of greater duration is the Longas [exile]. Medieval lists cite seven Imrama, of which three survive; the same lists categorize Imram Brain as an Echtra.

Subjects: Religion.

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