Monday, 25 July 2011

Movie, Music, and Muse Monday: Selkie

I know most of the Muse mondays have been based on computer games but i would also like to show beautiful and inspiring muses in my world. So for this week i have choosen the theme of the Selkie!

If you like Celtic Myth your in for a treat lets make a splash!

Wiki tells us
Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological shapeshifting creatures that are found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish Folklore.
Selkies are seals that can shed their skin to become humans. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney Shetland islands, where selch or selk(ie) is the Scots word for seal (from Old English seolh). 

Heres some facts!

 *Selkies are able to become human by taking off their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting them back on.

*Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Other times the human will hide the selkie's skin, thus preventing them from returning to seal form. 

* A selkie can only make contact with one particular human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. Examples of such stories are the ballad, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry, the movie The Secret of Roan Inish and Ondine.

*Male selkies are very handsome in their human form, and have great seduction powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their romantic life. This includes married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea. The offspring of a union between a human and a selkie have webbed fingers and toes as a mark of their origin.

*If a man steals a female selkie's skin, she is in his power, to an extent, and she is forced to become his wife — a regional variant on the motif of the swan maiden, unusual in that the bride's animal form is usually a bird. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. If she finds her skin again, she will immediately return to her true home, and sometimes to her selkie husband, in the sea.

Oh how beautiful and romantic Selkie ways and stories seem i love celtic myth a lot and im leanring about it on my own of my countrys own fairy tales. If you like selkies to or are interested in learning more their is many references to them in art, books, film and music.

I'll leave you with the trailer of Ondine, saw it recently and love it, its a great and beautiful grungey film of a modern fairy tale.

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