I KELPIES: water demons not exactly vegetarian_ legend of the Celtic tradition
In Irish rivers and deep Scottish lakes live multiform water demons thatfeed on human flesh: the Kelpies. There are two types: those who prefer to live near rivers and waterfalls and those who prefer lakes and seas. The firsts are the real Kelpies, while the seconds are called Each Uisge, or “water horses”. Although the term Kelpies is now used to indicate both.
Creatures similar to these can also be found in Norse legends, where theyare found with the name of Bäckahästen, that is “river horse”, or even in the Germanic ones, where we find their ancestor: the Nix, one takinghuman form.
The Kelpie also has the ability to take the form of a horse, a handsomeyoung man, or a beautiful girl. Often the preferred form is the equine one. In these cases it looks like a horse with white or black fur, with a wetmane and tail and similar to a tangle of algae.
This creature is very solitary, so it often looks for a mate. Sometimes theyeven try to seduce humans! In these cases, the demon is nicknamed”leannh-sith”, or “fairy lover”. Often people told of magic seductions thattook place near rivers and lakes and that bewitched the shepherds whowere grazing their sheep there. The only way to distinguish the shape-shifters when they took the form of a boy or a girl was to comb their hair: if sand and algae got caught in the comb it was a kelpie!As mentioned, the Kelpie feeds ontasty human flesh, which it obtains by fooling people who see it and are drawn to it. Now I’ll explain: when itfascinates you and convinces you to geton your back, you can no longer getoff; at this point the demon will drag you with him into the water, where he will then devour you, making your bowels rise to the surface. The onlyway to escape this horrible end is to be able to harness the creature, but it’snot that easy! However, it is also a benevolent creature. In fact, it is saidthat it is able to announce a storm, signaling it with moans and howls.
According to some naturalists, the current legends of sightings of lake and river monsters, such as that of the famous Loch Ness Monster, are associated with the ancient legends of the kelpies. In fact, it is thought thatthe legends about these creatures have changed over time: if before wetalked about beings similar to horses, now we talk about more “modern” and “realistic” beings, like large aquatic reptiles.
-Well! We have reached the end of the article. I hope I have given youenough information on this creature-