Twilight Dance of the Selkies

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Rhonda Childress

For those of you who dont know what selkies are here's a brief history for you. 'Selkie' is the Orcadian dialect word meaning 'seal'.There are many stories concerning a magical race of creatures known locally as the 'selkie-folk' or the seal people. However often they were able to transform, the folklore tells us that once in human form the selkie-folk would dance merrily on the moonlit seashore or bask on outlying rocks or skerries. A common element in all selkie-folk tales, and perhaps the most important, was the fact that when the selkie assumed human form, they shed their seal skins. Within these magical skins lay the power to shapeshift back into seal form so these had to be guarded at all costs. If one of the selkie-folk lost a skin, they were doomed to remain in human form until the magical skin was found again. Because of this, if disturbed during one of their midnight shore dances, the selkie-folk would quickly snatch up their skins before rushing back to the safety of the sea. (Dave is going to hate me for this picture... o.o)

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