Selkies – The Forgotten Seal-Men

In parts of the world where the selkie myth persists, there is a grave taboo around killing a seal.
Some believed selkies to be the cursed children of kings, witches who lost control of their own power, or the fate of those drowned at sea.
Whilst we often gender selkies as female, the selkies of old were mainly depicted as men…

The Ankou – the most terrifying figure in Celtic folklore?

Before the Grim Reaper, there was the Ankou…

It is said that every graveyard in Brittany has its own Ankou. Not long ago, he was someone they knew. He was the last soul to die in the village that year. Doomed to dwell on this Earth a year longer, serving the graveyard as its guardian and collector of souls.