He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
неделя, 25 ноември 2012 г.
In the Celtic folklore of Brittany, a DEATH OMEN
that comes to collect the souls of the dead. The ankou,
or King of the Dead, is the last person to die in a parish during a year. For the following year, he or she assumes
the duty of calling for the dead. Every parish in Brittany
has its own ankou.
The ankou is personifi ed as a tall, haggard fi gure with
long white hair, or a skeleton with a revolving head capable
of seeing everything everywhere. It drives a spectral
cart, accompanied by two ghostly fi gures on foot, and
stops at the house of one who is about to die. There, it
either knocks on the door—making a sound sometimes
heard by the living—or gives out a mournful wail like the
Irish BANSHEE. Occasionally it is reported to be seen as
an apparition entering the house. It takes away the dead,
who are placed in the cart with the help of the two companion
The ankou is a powerful fi gure that dominates Breton