A Bit about Irish Mythology

Ireland’s history is composed of stories of ancient mythology and folklore. Ireland had two ancient societies: the Druids and the Celtics. Both the cultures believed in supernatural powers. The mythology of Ireland iMachas filled with mystic creatures and symbols such as ‘The Banshee,’ ‘Pookas,’ ‘Dagda’s Harp,’ and ‘St. Patrick.’ These mythological creatures have interesting stories behind their existence.

Starting with “The Banshee,” who was a woman who carried an omen of death along with her. She could change here appearance from an old woman dressed in a rag to a young and beautiful girl to a wash woman in bloody clothing. It was considered unfortunate to see her as her cry would bring death to anyone who would hear it. Later on, she was idolized by heavy metal folks for obvious reasons.

Contrary to the “The Banshee,” was a saintly man called “St. Patrick” who has a festive day dedicated to his name each year. He is considered as a harbinger of good luck and good times. However, he was from Britain and was slave traded to Ireland wherein he was forced to convert into a Christian. After which, he spent his life teaching people about Christian religion and good folks of Ireland celebrate him.

Symbols are a meaningful representative of Irish mythology, and Dagda’s harp is one such symbol. Dagda was a highly regarded priest who was also in a possession of a beautiful harp which eventually got stolen by a rival tribe. Later on, it was found that the harp was magical as it came to Dagda when he called to the harp. The harp is known to produce the ‘Music of Sleep,’ ‘Music of Tears,’ and ‘Music of Mirth.’

Irish mythology comprises of many such stories, symbols, creatures, and beings. Leprechauns hiding their gold at the end of a rainbow, warriors and Finn MacCool are all stories from the Irish mythology waiting to be explored.