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The 3 Daughters of King Coluath O'Hara - Page 26

Hi, fellows! Thanks for stopping by.

I'm one of those who gets very influenced by what he reads. I could read an article by a doomsday prepper who's saying that the 2019 Ebola outbreak in the Congo is gonna be real bad and you should buy cheaply available medical exam gloves, facemasks, and Hibiclens while you still can, and seconds later I'm ordering these products online.

Then, later, I'm left with 300 facemasks and gloves and two bottles of Hibiclens (industrial-strength Hospital soap that kills germs for 24 hours!) and I'm wondering what good it would do me if there was a breakout? What if some DRC soldier buries an Ebola-ridden corpse then jukes his way over the border to a ship, or an airplane? What if he doesn't show symptoms for 21 days and he slips through the cracks in the western world's medical examinations for new immigrants? What if he gets to Europe? Or America?

So there I'll be in my city, Ebola breaking out all around me, city (and the nation!) in chaos, and I'll have my facemasks and my medical exam gloves. Good for me, huh?

Anyway this week's page is pretty good. I had the thought last week, that the Princess's scissors and comb represented some interesting things. The scissors, as we remember, could cut off a piece of a person's clothes and the clothes would be replaced with cloth of the finest gold.

Clothes (generally) have the symbolic representation of the persona we present to the world. A policeman puts on his uniform, he is a policeman. A rich man spends $4000 on his suit to show the world he is rich. A beggar continues to wear his crusty, smelly jeans that haven't been washed for months. The scissors represents the power to change the outer persona, to merge it with the golden, the spiritual, and the eternal.

The comb could be drawn three times over a diseased and sore head and cure it, and replace it with golden hair. Hair, generally, represents ideas, our thoughts. At times we are corrupted, our ideas are diseased. The comb represents the power to change our internal ideas and unite them with the eternal and the spiritual, the valuable.

I read Marie Louise von Franz's book about interpreting fairy tales and it's come in handy.

Thanks for visiting, fellows! I hope you come by next week, the story's getting interesting!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

The princess went to one side with the Bird of Many Songs and Tales. The princess asked the bird "What means can I take against the queen to get back my husband? Is it best to kill her, and can I do it?" And I'll point out here that this is what makes the princess such a cool, lovable character. She doesn't beat around the bush here, the queen has threatened to decapitate her twice now, and the one of the first questions she asks the bird of songs is "Can I kill her?"

The bird replied "It is very hard to kill her. There is no one in all Tir na n-Og who is able to take her life but her own husband." There's an emphasis in this story about relationships, whether it's blood or marriage. In this instance, the laws of Tir na n-Og state that it's only the wedded husband who can kill the queen of Tir na n-Og.

The bird continued, "Inside a holly-tree in front of the castle is a wether, in the wether a duck, in the duck an egg, and in that egg is her heart and life."

Two things here. One, I had to look up "wether" since no one I know farms. Two, the concept of a life hidden inside one object which is itself hidden inside another object, and so on, that's an element in several Irish stories. What I found out this week was it's also an element in Russian folk tales. Specifically the one about Koschei the Deathless, but there may be others.

From a page in ancient-origins.net, we learn that "Koschei maintained his life and immortality through the removal of his soul. Taking it from his body, it was said he hid it in a needle, inside an egg, in a duck, in a rabbit, then locked it in an iron or crystal chest, and buried it under a green oak on an island."

And I remembered from somewhere that it was Vikings who colonized Russia, floating down the Tiber river. So is this an Irish concept? Or a Viking concept? Or something even older?

The bird added, finally, after the long digression, "No man in Tir na n-Og can cut that holly-tree but her own husband."

The princess let the bird of new songs and tales fly away, and she blew the whistle again.

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