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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Celtic Mermaid

Celtic Mermaid~
Celtic Mermaid
Seal-People Selkies
of the Shetland Islands
of Scotland 
For this post I thought I would bring, you all my dear friends & Follower into the land of the Shetland Islands. Where it tells of many legends of the Mermaids. In these Shetland Island there is an common legend story with such details within the story, that it even matches the locations too. In these stories of the Shetland Islands often more than not the actual name are given to the people and places that are involved within the stories. Sometimes even the date of these stories were firmly attached to these stories of an particular location of the Islands. These would make the legends more of truth. The Story of the Celtic Mermaid starts on a fine summer evening on the Shetland Islands of Scotland. It seems that there was someone who inhabitant the Islands, just happened to be walking along the sandy shoreline by the small bay. The moon that night had risen and it was full. So by its light the young man could see a great distance before him on the Shetland islands of Scotland. As he approach a bit closer he so before him a number of sea-people who were dancing on the smooth white sand. What the young man found most interesting, was what was near the ground by the dancing Sea-people. 
Just a few feet away he saw lying in the sand several seal-skins. Then it came to him that these must be the ancient Seal-People that the Call 'Selkies' in the Celtic Mythology of the Shetland Islands. He was very exited that he actually was in the misted of an beautiful Celtic Mythology Creatures. As the Young man got closer to the dancers, they all stopped dancing and raced for their seal-skins. Putting them on and then plunging into the sea into the form of Seals. However in the confusion there was one seal-skin that was left behind, which was lying at the young mans feet. Well to the to the young Seal-Selkie who was looking for it all night it was a nightmare, because this young man decided to snatch up the Seal-skin and ran to his home and hid it. Then he returned to the shore, and of course he would met up with the fairest and most beautiful maiden that he had ever seen. The young maiden had been waking up and down, the sea shore all night looking for her loss seal-skin robe. Moaning over the lost of it and the lost of never being able to rejoin her family and friends of the sea. She knew now that, she would have to remain in the world lit by the sun and never again be in the cool waters under the sea. So the Young man approached the maiden and tried to console her. She begged him to restore her dress, but the sight of her lovely face, more beautiful in tears had steeled his heart. Its is said that Mermaids are always beautiful, but never more so than in the Celtic world. So what this Young man told her is that it was impossible for her to return to the sea with her friends and family and that they would soon forget about her anyway. Finally he was able to convince the beautiful Celtic Mermaid/Selkie that she could never return to her home of the sea and that their family and Friends of the sea had soon forgotten all about her. When he had did that he asked her to marry him. All along he had hidden her Seal-skin away so that she would never leave him. The Young man then told her that it was impossible for her to return, and that her friends would soon forget all about her forever. So the Sea-maiden finding that she had no alternative and no where to live, she consented to become his wife. Their Marriage was easily arranged in Celtic Traditions and the couple lived together for many many years. Some have said even happy. During the time they were together the two had several children, however non had any signs of their mothers marine origins except for a thin web between their fingers and a bend of of their hands, like that fore paws of a seal. These  Characteristics to this day still remain in this family in Scotland to this day..from generation to generation.. And of course no one ever said anything about the Myth of the Celtic Mermaid...
The Shetlander of the Islands off of Scotland loved his beautiful wife, but the Celtic Mermaid never did return his affection during the entire marriage even do to the fact they had children too. She would often sneak out alone when everyone was asleep and would go with hast down to the lonely white sandy beach. Once she got there a large seal would always appear and the two would converse for hours til almost dawn in an unknown language. When it was time for her to return home from this nightly meetings with the unknown large Seal, she was very sad, thoughtful and grateful for the conversations. However, even with the many visits from the unknown large Seal late at night, according to the legend, many many years went by and the beautiful Celtic Mermaid/Selkie hopes of leaving the upper world had about vanished completely... But there is a happy ending to this tale. One day it seems that one to her children saves her mother from a life away from the sea. It seems the the child was playing behind a stack of corn  and found the hidden seal-skin that was tuck away all those years ago.
Once the child showed it to her mother and asked what it was - well you could probably only imagination the delight that the mother felt. It was like winning a prize. Once she had it in her hands she knew exactly what it was. Her eyes were glistening with delight because she knew at once that it was her own dress/seal-skin. She was finally free to return to her friends and family beneath the waves. However, there was one thing that did trouble her. She did love all her children and she was now about to leave them forever. After kissing and embracing them all several times. She took up the skin and headed down to the beach. It wasn't but a few minutes later when her husband came in and the children told him what had happened. Well the truth hurts and he knew that this day could very well happen. And if it did he would loose this beautiful Celtic Mermaid Wife~ So that whole evening flashed across his mind, the night  he spotted the women dancing in the moon light near the shoreline with all those Seal-Skins..As he ran down to the shoreline with all the speed, love and anxiety he could give into it. Knowing in his heart that he probably had already had lost her to the sea. But when the Shetlander arrived at the shore he was only time to see his wife take the form of a Seal and plunge into the sea. Remember that Large Seal that the Maiden would have long conversations with every night all those years on the shoreline in a different language?  Yes that Large Seal, with whom she used to converse with! well yes he was her Husband and congratulated her on her escape. However, before she vanished into the deep ocean with her husband of the sea - she turned around to her landed husband, who stood in despair, "Farewell  and may all good fortune atten you. I loved you while i was with you, but I will always love my first husband better.' So that is the ending of one Celtic Mermaid/Selkie and with this one which from what I understand many of the legends of the Celtic Mermaids/Selkies of the Shetland Islands in Scotland are true. I hope that you Enjoyed the legend. Hugs
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