That wasn’t the first time this year that Nicola has been at the Kelpies
Mon, Mar 07, 2016 16:32
Infact, believe it or not.. It wasn’t even the second time this year!!
She must really like them to go THREE TIMES in 4 four months. It’s like a ritual for her now!!
BLUE KELPIES CHINESE WATER HORSE ASTROLOGY
FIREY KELPIES Chinese Zodiac Fire Horse
Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a Shapeshifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse, but is able to adopt human form. Some accounts state that the kelpie retains its hooves when appearing as a human, leading to its association with the Christian idea of Satan as alluded to by Robert Burns in his 1786 poem “Address to the Deil“.
Almost every sizeable body of water in Scotland has an associated kelpie story, but the most extensively reported is that of Loch Ness. An Aberdeenshire variation portrays the kelpie as a horse with a mane of serpents, whereas the resident equine spirit of the River Spey was white and could entice victims onto its back by singing.The origin of the belief in malevolent water horses has been proposed as originating in human sacrifices once made to appease gods associated with water, but narratives about the kelpie also served a practical purpose in keeping children away from dangerous stretches of water, and warning young women to be wary of handsome strangers.
The creature’s nature was described by Walter Gregor, a folklorist and one of the first members of the Folklore Society,as “useful”, “hurtful”, or seeking “human companionship“;in some cases, kelpies take their victims into the water, devour them, and throw the entrails to the water’s edge.In its equine form the kelpie is able to extend the length of its back to carry many riders together into the depths,a common theme in the tales is of several children clambering onto the creature’s back while one remains on the shore. Usually a little boy, he then pets the horse but his hand sticks to its neck. In some variations the lad cuts off his fingers or hand to free himself; he survives but the other children are carried off and drowned, with only some of their entrails being found later. Such a creature said to inhabit Glen Keltney in Perthshire is considered to be a kelpie by 20th-century folkloristKatharine Mary Briggs,but a similar tale also set in Perthshire has an each uisge as the culprit and omits the embellishment of the young boy.The lad does cut his finger off when the event takes place in Thurso, where a water kelpie is identified as the culprit.The same tale set at Sunart in the Highlands gives a specific figure of nine children lost, of whom only the innards of one are recovered. The surviving boy is again saved by cutting off his finger, and the additional information is given that he had a Bible in his pocket. Gregorson Campbell considers the creature responsible to have been a water horse rather than a kelpie, and the tale “obviously a pious fraud to keep children from wandering on Sunday. The arrival of Christianity in Scotland in the 6th century resulted in some folk stories and beliefs being recorded by scribes, usually Christian monks, instead of being perpetuated by word of mouth. Some accounts state that the kelpie retains its hooves even in human form, leading to its association with the Christian notion of Satan, just as with the Greek god Pan. Robert Burns refers to such a Satanic association in his “Address to the Deil” (1786):