Exploring the connections between folklore and other folk tales, literature, and the current scene.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
My "Celtic" Cat
In the tale of "Oisin in Tir Na nOg," the hero Oisin (euh-sheen) travels across a sea on a white steed with the fairy woman Niamh (Neev) to Tir Na nOg (the Land of Eternal Youth, that is). As they gallop over the waves, they see many things go racing past them. One of them was a white hound with red ears chasing a fawn. Another Irish tale mentions a white cow with red horns. So I asked myself, what is the significance of a white animal with red ears? Well, I don't know that yet. But when I first read the story I took a very literal view and pictured a white dog with ears as red as Clifford, the Big Red Dog instead of the chestnut shade found in animal fur. Is that picture possible? Well, not quite as impossible as I once thought.
I have a large long-haired white cat, named Elrond. The fur on his ears is white too, but thinner so his ears usually look kinda pink. However they can, on occasion, look quite red, as in this picture. So I fancy that I have a "Celtic" cat with a white body and red ears.
Here is another picture of him, this time looking his best:
If I ever post about Pangur Ban, you'll probably get to see some more picture of him.