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May Day 2021, also Beltane of Gaelic Mythology

By: Zona Sur

It was on the first day of May that marked the arrival of summertime in the northern hemisphere. A time when cattle were gathered. Young calves were counted, followed by celebration and feasts to commemorate the start of the good season. At night bonfires were lit, In the festivities old and young would jump over the flames with heavy consumption of alcohol.

However, all kept an eye out for one dark chapter that could cease human folly. At the third bark of the Cu-Sith, one better be indoors with a shotgun, machete, or pitchfork readily available.

The Cu-Sith is a mythological hound found in the folklore of Scotland. A similar creature exists in Irish folklore (spelled cu sidhe), and it also bears some resemblance to the Welsh Cwn Annwn.

The cu-sìth is thought to make its home in the clefts of rocks and to roam the moors of the Highlands. It is usually described as having a shaggy, dark green coat and being as large as a small cow.

According to legend, the creature was capable of hunting silently, but would occasionally let out three terrifying barks, and only three, that could be heard for miles by those listening for it, even far out at sea. Those who hear the barking of the Cu-Sìth must reach safety by the third bark or be overcome with terror to the point of death.

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