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Selkies Part 1

Season 1, episode 1
35 min / Published

Learn about Selkies and Roane, fairies from Celtic myth that are capable of transforming into a seal by putting on a magical sealskin coat. They are kind and forgiving, unlike their mermaid counterparts, as well as beautiful in a sad, knowing way. Seal-people occasionally mate with humans, either because they choose to come ashore, are forced into marriage when their skin is stolen, or are summoned by dropping seven tears into the sea... In part one we will discuss a first story, Selkie origins, first writings, and role in history, their nature as well as physical characteristics and abilities, Selkie magical characteristics and abilities, their, habitat, homes, and relationship to other faerie folk, and finally Selkies' relationship to humans and how to find, interact, trap, lure or repel them. (Access Podcast Website at https://www.podcastics.com/podcast/ourveilofsmokeandgoldpodcast/)

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Sources For Selkies Part 1 Episode:

  • An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katherine Mary Briggs
  • The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey
  • Abbey Lubbers Banshees and Boggarts by Katherine Briggs
  • “Legends of the Selkies, Hidden Gems of Sea Mythology” article at Ancient-Origins.net
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