Ke`o mythology = Irish mythology


Ke`o (LFHG)

Irish ("WE")



Hellenic (GM)


1:9. MIDir’s eye was gouged


MIT-o`dinn : an eye was gouged

(83.b) MIDas owned


by holly.


a rose-garden wherein


1:13. the field DULA


ULlr appretiated

SiLeNos told about

p. 291 "the roar of the sea-waves."

1:18. "the ocean waves".

son of the sea-wave

the sea-waves

a "whirlpool".

p. 292 goddess Nitu became the insect tabuan.

1:17. Midir’s wife Etain became a "purple fly".


Nitu was "placed ... in a basket (sondu) for cotton wool".

1:20. Etain was wrapped in "the fleece of his cloak."


1:21. Etain underwent becoming redincarnate


Nitu was "stealing his palm-wine."

(by being quaffed along with beverage)


Nitu was "sitting on the fire place".

as daughter of ETAR {= Persian fire-god ATAR}.


p. 293 Lontar-leaves were bride-price "instead of gold".


(83.c) Midas became "freed from the gold touch".


2:7 AiLILL "fell asleep". {[<ibri^] /LaYLah/ ‘night’}


(83.b) Silenos "was found sleeping".

Nitu’s "hand-woven cloth" did "reach the ground".

3:7 "They all made one mound of their clothes".


3:8 "he is called Eochaid Airem [i.e. ploughman], for he was the first of the men of Ireland to put a yoke upon the necks of oxen."

Amathaon was the first ploughman.

Oxen worked to separate Zealand from Jutland.

(83.d) Midas drove an "ox-cart."


{("AL") Le`ithin "the eagle perched upon the great pinnacle of the round tower".

When Llew Llaw Gyfes became an eagle and perched,


On its pole perched an eagle, which


("AL") Le`ithin knew man who saw a "butterfly with purple spots".}

he was recognized as a renowned man redincarnate.


became hailed as betoking royalty.


3:10 It was told that in the earthly paradise youth departeth not afore eld [aging backwardly in time?].


(83.b) There was told that in the earthly paradise the folk rejuvenate, aging backwardly in time.

Her son Le`na "transformed into a green snake."

3:21 At NeNNTa was SIGMall.

{cf. serpent-god A-NaNTa}

cf. name of /SIGMund/


Eochaid’s "mind was troubled."


(83.g) Midir had a "shameful secret".

p. 291 Nitu utilized "guyu nitu (... heavenly small bamboo ...)."


This secret was whispered to a reed by

p. 292 Ndona We`a was "opening the pumpkins".


{cf. pumpkin-immortality of emp. Claudius}


3:23 Eochaid was slain by Mormael, king of the CHUL.

{HOLika is goddess of dye-festival.}


his barber (barbers’ secret is usually hair-dye).

LHG = Philipus Tule : Longing for the House of God, Dwelling in the House of the Ancestors : Local Belief, Christianity, and Islam among the Ke`o of Central Flores. Academic Pr, Fribourg (Switzerland), 2004.

"WE" = "The Wooing of Etain" (Part I) & (including Parts II-III) Heroic Romances of Ireland, Volume II ed. and trans. A.H. Leahy. London: David Nutt, 1906.

"AL" = "The Adventures of Leithin" Hyde, Douglas. "The Adventures of Leithlin." The Celtic Review. 1916.

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.

whale of the flood

Ke`o (LFHG)

Yurok; Irish

Hellenic (GM)

Chinese; Lapp

p. 296 Along with Nembu the Whale, "the sea started to move in[landwards]."

The female whale who was transported inland by the flood was named (IWh, p. 25b) /NINaWa/. {cf. /NINeWeh/ as place for Yo^nah of whale fame.}

(75.d) "would flood the Xanthian plain behind him, ... sent great waves rolling slowly forward as" Bellerophon walked inlandwards.


"They then threw the hot stones ... into the whale’s mouth. ... The whale then died".

"it was his ball that he threw into its mouth, and brought out its entrails through it." ("HBD")

(75.c) "thrusting between her jaws a lump of lead which ... melted ..., ... searing her vitals."


p. 297 The woman >Uta came to the sea-coast with


(75.d) "the Xanthian [‘Yellow’]

Gun, who became a "yellow bear" (HChM, p. 10),

"eggs as an offering. ... .


copied (acc. TW) a bird.


" ‘Naked women to meet him !’ ... 'Then the women of Emain go to meet him ... .

woman hoisted their skirts to the waist and came rushing towards him full butt, offering themselves to him ... .

"a woman ... lifting her skirt and displaying her organ [physica]

Then she started to move, leading the sea back to it normal shore-line. The sea followed her."

He covers his face". ("HBD")

Bellerophon’s "modesty was such that he turned tail and ran; and the waves retreated with him."

to the bear. The animal will feel ashamed and go away." (FLM, p. 313 – 2:71).

IWh = Theodora Kroeber : The Inland Whale. U of CA Pr, 1963.

"HBD" =

HChM = Lihui Yang & Deming An : Handbook of Chinese Mythology. Oxford U Pr, 2005.

TW = Tian-wen (‘Quaestions of Heaven’).

FLM = Lars Levi Laestadius (transl. from the Swedish by Bo:rje Va:ha:ma:ki) : Fragments of Lappish Mythology. Aspasia Bks, Beaverton (ON), 2002.

the 6 human swine

Ke`o (LFHG)

Irish ("DS", cited by stanza)

p. 305 Ranga married the RED SOW-WOMAN Dinda :

(7) "The mother-in-law ... was Garbdalb, gloomy and ungentle : she cast on them a spell from her bosom, and turned them into the form of red swine."

they "had seven children in the form of pigs. ... One of their seven children was left on the beach." [6 swine-children then remained]

(2) These were "six swine" :

(9) three brethren-swine, "Fraechan, Banban, Brogarban"; and

(10) three sistren-swine, "Crainchrin, Coelcheis, strong Treilech".

Of these six swine, one "small pig disappeared in the hamlet of Nura".

(26) Out of these six swine, only one survived : the "yellow-crowned Brogarban."

Then "both of them (Rangga and Dinda) ... went back to Riti with their five small pigs, which transformed into human beings."

(27) "One of the swine fell at soft Muccelta,

and another at Ceis Choraind:

one swine at Mag Trega — it was doomed,

and one at Cuallacht, amid the blood of dogs.

(28) "The fifth swine died at Mag Find

in Crich Maine, — the spot was ennobled:

their five heads were brought to this barrow".

"DS" = "Duma Selga" (Part 70 of The Metrical Dindshenchas, pp. 389-397)