Riastradh, the Warrior’s Battle Frenzy

The Norsemen were famous for it, the Romans accused the Celts of it, and  it seems our Irish ancestors were capable of it too: the strange phenomenon known as the ‘battle frenzy’. Cuchullain’s battle frenzy was known in Irish as the riastradh, now translated as ‘contortion/ convulsion’, but thought to have originally referred to ‘the red rage of battle’ in ancient times.