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Thread #4374   Message #48968
Posted By: Philippa
11-Dec-98 - 04:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Water Kelpie/Oran Tlaidh an Eich-Uisge
Subject: RE: REQ Water Kelpie/Oran Tlaidh an Eich-Uisge
Regarding an Mhaighdean Mhara, I think the best interpretation is that all the lines belong to the sea(l)-maiden. the trickery would have been when the human lover originally captured her by hiding away her fur coat as she was bathing. there are stories, sometimes told along with a song,in both Scotland of Ireland, of how the maighdean mhara, despite having human children longs for the sea and searches for the hidden coat so that she can return to her homeland.