[Christine's Halloween Monster and Faery List]

Mer-people 5

Na Fir Ghorm, Hoi Glaukoi (Blue Men of the Minch) Na Tè Ghorm, Hai Glaukai (Blue Women) Glaukidai (Descendants of the Blue Man)

The Story of Glaukos: Crete: 14th century BCE. Born Anthêdôn: Rejoicing in Flowers the boy wandered into a cave & drowned in a vat of hydromel: mead. His distressed mother the Scythian Goddess Pasiphaê: All-Illuminating, daughter of Pasiphaê-Hêlios: Illuminating Sun & Persê: Moon, sends for the Kourêtes: Curetes, who are manteis: great seers. They say whoever can describe Minôs: Ruler of Crete’s miraculous cow who changes colors every 4 hours from black night to white day to blood red, & back will be able to restore the boy to life. The Corinthian Poluidos: Much Knowing son of Koiranos: Red, son of Abas: White, son of Melampous: Blackfoot the Egyptian knows the language of snakes & woodworms & gives the best description. He says the cow is like the ripening mulberry, which is 1st pure white, then vibrant red, & finally a rich dark purpley black. Poluidos divines the place where the Owl: Glaux is driving away the Melissai: Bee Goddesses from a cave, & incubates with the boy’s body in a beehive-shaped tomb, until he brings him back to life with the help of 3 glaukos: blue-green leaves of Dios Anthos: Serpent’s Branch brought in by a helpful snake. A shiny blue-gray scar over the boy’s heart where the branch touches him, gives him the name Glaukos or in their language Glas: Grey. Poluidos explains that part of his mortality is burned away & replaced by divine substance, shown by the scar earning him the name Antitheos: Godlike. From the serpent-staff he acquires power over snakes, as have his descendants to the end of time.
  He learns all of the arts & divination & becomes known as Gathêlos Glaukos or, in their language, Gaodhal Glas (pron. GAY-l) from Gaoith-Dil: Lover of Learning. He aquires the Glaukou Tekhnê: Art of the Blue Man, Gnôstês: Soothsayer, Antitheos Euplokamos: Godlike One with Fair Locks. Poluidos goes home. He & his son Eukhênôr go to Troy & are killed by Paris.
 The bearded Glaukos moves to Anthêdôn: Rejoicing in Flowers, Euboia & at a rocky place, with the waves on 1 side & a meadow of grassy herbs, never touched by sheep or goats, nor frequented by bees, nor cut by people, He spread out his nets & lines on the grass to dry, counting the fish that were still on his hooks. The hooked fish nibbled the magic blue-green herb: glaukê poia called Glaukiskos Danaia Poia: The Undying Grass sown by Kronos in His Golden Age. The rejuvenated fish then jumped back into the water. Glaukos chewed the grass himself & became a sea divinity travelling underwater to the Kingdom of Okeanos & Têthus. The Seirênes: Sirens sang a magic purification song to him thrice 3 times, & told him that he had to bathe in the Hundred Streams. When he did, he was transformed with a thick green beard, bluish skin, & feet like the tail of a fish & became Glaukos Thalassios: Blue Man of the Sea, Pontomedôn: Lord of the Sea ruling a kingdom under the waters near Dêlos.
 Glaucus then fell in love with Skulla: Scylla the Nêreid & swam to his aunt Kirkê: Circe’s Potnia Kirkê: Hidden Kingdom at Aiaia Island near Sicily. He came up through a submarine cave that opens into her megara: halls & begged her for a love spell for Scylla. She put a spell on him & they had sex. She stormed the dark forest, gathered secret herbs pulverizing them into powder while she sang a spell taught to her by Hekatê. She wrapped her azure robe around her fair shoulders & went out through her animal court as Potnia Thêrôn: Mistress of the Beasts. She skimmed across the waves to Rhêgion: Reggio di Calabria, opposite the rocky coast of Zanklê: Messina to Skulla’s pool, pouring the potion in & intoning a spell thrice 9 times. Skulla turned into a dog & later turned to stone. 10 months later, the period of divine gestation, Kirkê gave birth to Sibulla: Sibyl. When the girl was grown she traveled in many lands, & so she was called Phoitô: Wanderer, living in Eruthrai: Erythrae she told the Achaeans on the way to Ilion, that Troy would fall & that a Poet (i.e. Homer) would tell lies about the war. Later she went with the Kimmerioi Cimmerians to Sardô: Sardinia, where she prophesied to the Dianades-Ianades-Janae, who taught her many secrets, including the ways through the Underworld. Sibulla founded the oracular shrine later moved to Kumê: Cumae. Finally she went to the Astu Numpheôn: City of the Nymphs on Samos. Her name Phoitô is equipotent with Audêessa: Speaking Mortal Speech & Kouros: Lad, that is, Kirkê & Glaukos. She was called Hêrophilê: Beloved of Hera on Samos because that name is equal to Gathêlos Aitherios: Ethereal, & she lived for a 1000 years because Aitheria = Aiôn = Aeon. Called Dêiphobê because that name is equal to Skotia: Darkness. She was known by this name as a priestess of both Apollo & Trioditis: Threefold Goddess of the Road.
 After leaving Kirkê, Glaukos came in human form to Iasôn: Jason & used his arts to construct the ship Argô; becoming an Argonaut for the Golden Fleece of Kolkhis: Colchis. In the battle between Iasôn & the Turrhênoi: Etruscans, Glaukos protected himself by jumping into the sea & taking on his fish form. Gathêlos also went to Egypt, where he used his craft & bravery to help the Pharaoh [Ireland: Pharoah Cingris] to defeat the Ethiopians. In gratitude the Pharaoh offered him his daughter Skotia: Darkness as wife, & they were married. They lived happily in Egypt until the Pharaoh [perhaps Akhenaten, 1367-1350 BCE] introduced a new religion that was hostile to the practices of Druids. Therefore, Mighty Gathêlos took Skotia his queen & a large number of followers to seek the land that had been prophesied for them. We know that Anthêdôn Gathêlos was destined for Skotia, because Gathêlos & Skotia together equal Anthêdôn.
 First they went to Gotthia, where Carthage was later built. Then Gathêlos led them on to found a colony in Galicia in Spain, which is called Brigantia (near modern La Coruña) after the Goddess Brigintis: Brighid, & from there they went to Iernê: Ireland. Here Gathêlos was crowned king & his followers took the name Skotioi: Dark Ones, Scots after the name of their queen. Some say that the entire Gaelic clan is named for Gaodhal Glas [Ireland: Gael, Gaedhal, Goidhel: progenitor of the Gaelic people, the Irish, Manx, & Scots], who led them into these places. Eventually the Skotioi came to the land of Hyperboreans, to Caledonia in the northernmost parts of Albion, where they settled. They founded the Kingdom of Skotia, also named for Gathêlos’ queen. (117)
(pron. GOORM) Sruth nam Fear Gorma: Channel of the Blue Men, Northwest Highlands, Scotland. Fomorii sorcerers who left Fomoria to wander the sea. They are blue skinned mer-men with curly green-grey hair and beards that live in the Minch passage of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. They create storms and love rhyming contests.

They live in caves under the waters of the Minch, the channel through the Na h-Eileinean: Charmed Islands: The Isle of Lewis: Raven Island & the Shiants: Blessed Isles.

The mer-women have webs between their fingers. They all take human form and live above the waves at the seventh stream: spring tide. They can attack ships or sailors who have mistreated the Seal People. Sometimes an attack can be averted by engaging the chieftain of the band of Blue Men in a rhyming contest; if the chieftain is impressed he will leave the ship alone.

Sailors sail around the Shiant Islands to avoid the Blue Men’s Stream. During Hallowtide: Samhain Season, the people light a candle by the sea and pour new ale into the water, while they pray that the Blue Men will leave seaweed on the beach, which they use for fertilizer. The candle is carefully extinguished afterwards.

The Blue Men are the descendants of Glaukos Pontios: Blue Man of the Sea, who is called Glaucas in Ireland. He is the consort of Kerling: Red Alder at the Sound of Sleat at Eilean Donnan Castle on St. Donnan: Dark Island.

Names: MacGilligorm, MacGillinnion, MacGill’innein: Divine son of Gille-Gorm: Blue-Boy.

Gathêlos Glaukos, Gaodhal Glas, Gael, Gaedhal Glas, Goidhel: Son of Niul: Cloud and Scota, daughter of Pharoah Cingris. He is the progenitor of the Gaelic people, the Irish, Manx, and Scots. (1, 14, 31, 58, 71, 84, 117, 122)

Next page - Last page - Table of Contents - Index - Works Cited

[French Ministry of Education Site: Centre national de documentation pédagogique]Christine O’Keeffe’s Halloween Home Page
cokeeffe at geocities.com
© Copyright 1997. Christine O’Keeffe Ver. 3.0. Saturday, July 28, 2001
Created For Educational Use Only.