Friday, April 15, 2016
Nessie and the Celts
Hey! They found the Loch Ness monster! Okay, it isn't a flesh and blood sea creature, but the discovery is still cool. There was a 30-foot model Nessie used in a 1970 film called The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The model sank to the bottom of Loch Ness during filming in 1969, and was recently discovered using an underwater drone.
There is a connection between one of the Celtic saints, Columba, or Columcille and the elusive monster. St. Columba travelled to what is now Scotland to evangelize the Picts. Of course there are many stories of miracles the most famous being his encounter in 565 with an unidentified animal that some have equated with the Loch Ness Monster. The beast of the deeps killed one of the Picts and attacked a member of Columba's party of missionaries. Columba vanquished the 6th century version of Nessie. It could happen...
Lest I drone on, I'll stop here.