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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 05:37 PM

 

Each Uisge Earballach

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A skeleton of a Each Uisge Earballach in GÓidhlig, or in English Long-tailed Water Horse found in Ord, Scotland (1967). It is the only example of this rare beast of Scottish myth and legend.(1)


Map of North west Scotland


Ord


Ancient carvings depicting the Each Uisge

"The Each Uisge is a shape shifter and is able to disguise himself in several forms. One might have the misfortune to see him as a fine horse or pony who stands by the water's edge to lure the unwary to climb on his back. Once there, however, the traveller will find himself unable to climb down. No, indeed. He is stuck fast to the black horse's back. Another form he may be seen in is that of a handsome man who will lure beautiful young maidens into the dark murky depths. He can only be recognised for what he is by the water weed tangled in his hair. By the time she realises her terrible danger, it is far too late for the hapless girl. Yes, there is yet one more form in which the each uisage may be seen. He may also appear as a terrible great bird. Few will ever see him in his true form, which is the torso of a strong man, the head and legs of a horse with the teeth of a lion." (2)



"In summer, women in Heisker washed clothes in a loch away from the township. They always went in twos as a water horse was said to be in the loch. The people reared a bull in case it was ever needed to fight the beast. A woman once went to the loch alone and a handsome man approached her while she rested. He sat beside her, put his head on her lap and slept. He had gravel from the loch in his hair, and hooves, and she realised that he was the water horse. She managed to get away without waking him but soon heard him chasing her. As she neared the township, she cried for the bull (Tarbh na Le˛id) to be let out. The bull and water horse fought; the bull drove it into the sea and they disappeared. The woman took to her bed and never rose again. Many years later, the bull's horn came ashore - it was used as bar on a gate for many years." (3)



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Sources:
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/218481 (1)
http://celticqueens.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/each-uisgebeware.html (2)
http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/7936/2;jsessionid=0D9A28F757594F14077479DB3203B41F (3) This website is a treasure trove of factual information on my people

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MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 OP
Zalatix Jun 2012 #1
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #2
ret5hd Jun 2012 #3
Zalatix Jun 2012 #4
ret5hd Jun 2012 #5
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #10
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #8
Rex Jun 2012 #6
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #9
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2012 #12
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #13
postulater Jun 2012 #7
MichaelMcGuire Jun 2012 #11

Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 05:38 PM

1. Woah is that skeleton actually for real?

 

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 05:42 PM

2. Yes (nt)

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:00 PM

3. how does a shape-shifter have solid bones?

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:01 PM

4. Ever wonder how Romney changes from a snake into a man?

 

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:03 PM

5. i've never seen him change into a man...so, no. i haven't.

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:48 PM

10. Rommey will change into anything you want. (nt)

 

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:45 PM

8. Magic (nt)

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:04 PM

6. They sure Nessy didn't wash up long ago?

 

Looks like whale bones.

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Response to Rex (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:46 PM

9. I couldn't tell you, but here is another picture a bit more close up.

 



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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:26 PM

13. From them pictures, it doesn't look like it.

 

However it is by the look of it a marine mammal.

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:19 PM

7. A frightful sight after a nip of the water of life.

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 08:19 PM

11. Bump (nt)

 

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