Tuesday, November 20, 2007


As she gave birth, she screamed out
that all who heard that scream would suffer...

1 comment:

Janet Salsman said...

From "The Pangs of Ulster" from the remscela, or pre-tales, of the Irish saga The Tain. In this story, a goddess, Macha, marries a landowner, who foolishly boasts that she can outrun the king's chariot and horses. Macha is heavily pregnant and her pangs begin as she is forced to begin the race. She wins, but curses the men of Ulster: from then on, they will suffer birth-pangs for five days and four nights in their times of greatest difficulty.

She wins the race and gives birth to twins. In some versions of the tale, one of the children is a horse.

Watch out! Creativity and power are dangerous!