Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Beauty of Women

Li Ban, "Beauty of Women," a daughter of the king, Eochu, from whom the lake was named, survived beneath the lake as a kind of mermaid, half-woman, half-fish. In this form she lived for hundreds of years until Christianity was firmly established. In the sixth century she was caught in a net by a monk of Bangor, and accepted the Christian faith.

James Carney's "Earliest Bran Material," which appears in Wooding's The Otherworld Voyage in Early Irish Literature


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