On Mon, 28 Jun 1993, Daniel F. Melia wrote:
> I was told by the late Maire MacNeill (long-time
> secretary to the Irish Folklore Commission & author
> of the blockbuster study _The Festival of Lughnasa_)
Great book. You were quite fortunate to have known somebody who could
assemble a thing of that kind of beauty. Anything done since that you
think is comparable on any other festival?
> eye. Legendary Celtic otherworld animals have red ears
> etc. Redness may have been taken as some sort of
> signal that the otherworld was nearby or leaky or in charge
> for the moment.
This would certainly be my take on the matter at hand. I would think that
meeting something that smacked of "Otherworldliness" at dawn (or dusk)
would be even more an omen of some sort of weirdness, particularly since
this sort of weirdness occurrs most often at the juncture points in time.
When you have liminal time and liminal world mixed, you've got a sure leak
there -- and things of faerie are definitely "dangerous" or at the very
least, unpredictable for we mere mortals.