Kelpie’s and Bunyips – long lost cousins!

KI’ve always wanted to believe the Loch Ness monster is real, so researching this post about Kelpies has been fun šŸ™‚

I was going to wait until we got to the letter W … but I’m shouting out a huge appreciation to Wiki for their fabulous collection of information about EVERYTHING. Wiki is often a fantasticĀ starting place for research, and its a not-for-profit organisation. I know everyone uses it…if you haven’t already donated for it’s upkeep you can do it here.

Now back to the letter K šŸ˜€

The Kelpie by Herbert James Draper, 1913
The Kelpie-Herbert James Draper-1913

Kelpie is the Scottish name forĀ a shape-shifting water spirit living inĀ lochs and pools. In folklore it’s usually described as a horse able to adopt human form, usually a handsome male, but occasionally female.

Almost every body of water in Scotland has a kelpie story, the most famous beingĀ Loch Ness!

Frightening stories aboutĀ kelpie’s helped toĀ keep children away from dangerous stretches of water. But the mythological creatures are so wide-spread perhaps they served some other useful purpose. Or perhaps the Loch Ness monster is really there, at the bottom of Loch Ness and rearing her head in an occasional mist for a look around!

KelpiesĀ aren’t just scottish.Ā The Welsh ceffyl dŵr and the Manx cabbyl-ushtey are water horse creatures. The Australian bunyip is a kelpie and it’sĀ a large creature (believedĀ to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes) from Aboriginal mythology.

The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba people of South-Eastern Australia. However, the creature isĀ part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia.

By Macfarlane, J. - http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1770161, Public Domain
J Macfarlane-VicGov-Public Domain

As European settlement spread across the country, people started writing down the various stories. I love this depiction – apart from the soon-to-be-dead body that is – it looks rather like a large water dog šŸ™‚

He just needs some dinner…

My favourite mythological creature is still a dragon, but I think these kelpies could be coming second šŸ˜€

Kim Cleary, Author

Kim Cleary

Kim writes paranormal stories with a intrigue, suspense and a hint of romance. She loves all animals, especially her dogs; and thrives on coffee and chocolate while writing and researching.

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