|Photo copyright © David Wright, used with permission. Song traditional Gaelg.|
See our Midsummer video for the tune and pronunciation. Memeage by Kathryn NicDhàna
By land and sea and helicopter, by police and boat and road, Irish people are searching for the stolen statue of Irish sea god Manannán mac Lir.
"Sea god Manannán mac Lir still missing after police search"
Local police in Limavady have issued a Missing Persons Alert:
DESCRIPTION - A well known six foot tall striking local male with an athletic build. He has shoulder length hair held back with a headband and has a beard. We have concerns for his health in this weather as he is bare chested with only a thin shawl held at the neck with a decorative clasp to keep his top half warm. Evidence at the scene suggests he has injuries to his feet!And a local funeral director is offering a reward for the statue's return.
He is a very striking fella so if you have seen him please let us know.
Last seen standing at Gortmore viewing point Binvenagh Mountain around the 21st January looking out to sea.
Local police have searched the area and have completed an overflight to check he was not dumped in the area.
On the polytheist front, we are making offerings to him, and singing his traditional songs. We are asking Manannán to help the police and citizens who are searching, and to spur someone who has information and is feeling uneasy to do the right thing and come forward with the truth.
|And a smaller version|
The many people who love this statue, be they polytheist, Christian, or any other religion or lack thereof, are sharing their photos on the Facebook page, Bring back Manannan Mac Lir the Sea God. While most are those who just love the statue as art and history, others are sharing altar photos as well.
This Manannán playlist has a video of sculptor John Darren Sutton creating the statue from the clay on up, along with local reactions to the theft (here on YouTube for those who can't get Northern Ireland TV news broadcasts) and more songs for him. For the tune and pronunciation of the Manx song in the meme above, see our Midsummer video in the same playlist. We will be adding more Manannán information and materials to the playlist as the situation develops.
Let's bring him home!