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Irish legend of the rainbow .... | by Anna James ♥ ƸӜƷ ♥
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Irish legend of the rainbow ....

Many different countries and the cultures within them have long told legends, fables and folk tales regarding rainbows.We have stories from The Hawaiian Nation, The Indian Nations, Ireland of course, and even one from Guam.

 

In medieval Germany, many believed that for forty years before the end of the world, no rainbows would appear. Thus, people were relieved to see a rainbow; as the saying goes: "So the rainbows appear, the world has no fear, until thereafter forty years."

 

Many cultures all over the world believed that rainbows led to God. Some tribes of North American Indians called the rainbow a "Pathway of Souls." In Japan, some refer to a rainbow as the "Floating Bridge of Heaven." In Hawaii and Polynesia, legends call the rainbow the "path to the upperworld." Legends of the people of the Austrian Alps say righteous souls go to heaven via the rainbow. Legends of New Zealand say that dead chiefs went up a rainbow to the afterlife, same that in Eire.

 

On the other hand, in the past, Slavonic people believed that looking at the base of a rainbow would bring death. Others believed that pointing at the highest point of a rainbow would bring bad luck . (www.colours-of-the-rainbow.com/legends.html)

 

...this is the legend , that I remembered and telling my grandmother, when I was very small

 

In Celtic legends Fand is a faery queen, who was once married to the sea god Manannan. After he left her she was preyed upon by three Fomorian warriors in a battle for control of the Irish Sea. Her only hope in winning the battle was to send for the hero Cuchulainn who would only agree to come, if she would marry him. She reluctantly acquiesced to his wishes, though when she met him, she fell as deeply in love with him as he was with her....

 

Manannan knew that the relationship between the human world and the world of the faery could not continue without in eventually destroying the faeries. He erased the memory of one from the other by drawing his magical mantle between the two lovers. Fand was also a minor sea goddess who made her home both in the Otherworld and on the Islands of Man. With her sister, Liban, she was one of the twin goddesses of health and earthly pleasures. She was also known as "Pearl of Beauty". Some scholars believe she was a native Manx deity who was absorbed in the Irish mythology. ...

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