SELKIES

selkie_by_carolyn_emerick_2013 Image by Carolyn Emerick

Selkies (also spelled silkies, sylkies, selchies; Irish: chéile séala, Scots: selkie fowk) are mythological creatures found in Irish, Scottish and Faroese folklore. Similar creatures are described in the Icelandic traditions.  Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land.  The legend is apparently most common in the Northern Isles of Scotland and is very similar to those of swan maidens.

Source: Wikipedia

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The origin of the selkie-folk

“When angels fell, some fell on the land, some on the sea.
The former are the faeries and the latter were often said to be the seals.”
Anonymous Orcadian

selkiemansource: Orkneyjar the heritage of the orkney islands

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PICTURES & TEXT BELOW:© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar,  Cley next the Sea, 2017

sealedwithlove

“Selkies like mermaids are seen as beings symbolising the soul or the feelings. Therefore they need the water to flourish. And do you know why they mostly are seen as women? Brave men sailing the northern seas didn’t have any contact with women for long times on sea. So it’s understandable that the saw luring women in the cute seals.”

source: https://toffeefee.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/seals-and-more/#comment-38245

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