While traveling in Ireland...
There is no better way to sate your creativity than taking a trip. Especially, if you have dreamed to go somewhere since your childhood, a place that seems to live in your heart from birth. For me this place is Ireland. Green leas, rocky shores, chilly ocean - all of them have always appeared to be familiar to me. Mysticism - that it is! By the way, Ireland is penetrated with mysticism, legends about the other world. And it is the thing I want to tell you about.
Irish people are awfully superstitious. For instance, Halloween comes from the Emerald Isle. Irish believe in fairies, leprechauns, elves and, of course, ghosts! There are plenty of offers in service sector like ‘Ghostbusters’ and the price for a house is much bigger in case there are ‘friends’ from the another world. Obviously, it is easy to find stories about mystical spirits in the local literature. James Joyce described a huge black hound with eyes like carriage’s lamps. That dog used to guarded an approach to the Jesuit’s college in Kildare. Oscar Wilde told a story about ’The Centerville Ghost’. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu frightened his readers with creepy stories in ‘The House by the Churchyard’ novel.
In Ireland there is a great number of temples. I’ve been to the small town of Drogheda, where there are more than 80 churches! And I should say that every church has its own graveyard! It means that possibility of residing a spectre highly increases in Ireland. However, my encounter with supernatural happened at night, in an ordinary house we lived in, and even without having a cemetery! But I should confess that certain occasion had come before.
Celtic tour at the weekend was marvelous. We visited an ancient abbey dated back to the 13th century and Trim castle, a place where the movie ‘Braveheart’ was filmed. Nevertheless, it was a spot called Loughcrew that gave me the brightest impression. It is located nearby the Hill of Tara, where all ancient kings were crowned. The local burial grounds are more than 5 thousand years old. They are faire and mysterious. It was a land of worshiping old gods, a land where ancestors of Celts (the first people at the Emerald Isle) tried to find a contact with higher powers. Our trip could not have been done without legends about witches. Beside the main barrow there was a heap of massive stones in the form of enormous armchair. The story says that was a great witch sitting there. And while everyone was running 10 times round (it is needed for intimate dreams completion), I decided to pick a jackstone up as a souvenir from the armchair. Truly, I have a habit to bring something from every trip: a shell from the sea, a flint from the mountain chain, a nut from the forest. But I wish I had stepped away from my usage that time…
…. She was standing in front of me as a living creature, with long fair hair, a tall and slim one, even fay. Her eyes were examining me, as if she was asking: ‘why have you called for me?’ She could be real, but grayish skin with far-out spots and ragged dress gave her away. There were dozens of ghosts standing behind her. It seemed that I was taking a part in ’Viy’, a story by Nicolai Gogol. However, I was not scared, I do not know why. Translucent spectres and the old hag turned out to be amazingly peaceful. The only thing she did not like was my intention to get away a stone from her armchair and take it to faraway Siberia. But I just could not give up. At the end of our speechless conversation, she agreed that I would leave the stone in the ancient shattered church. It was nearby the house where I saw this mystical dream.
… I suddenly opened my eyes, could not tell a dream from the reality. My head was heavy, there was sweat on my hands. Mechanically, I reached for the stone lying on the night table. Then I put it into my backpack, having a firm intention of leaving this relic at the old church. All other nights in Ireland were calm and quiet. I slept as a baby. The witch has never come again. I brought another souvenirs from Ireland, the ones this archaic land presents readily for its guests.