|"The Pooka" by Jodie Havens|
|"The Mulligan" by Elena Lemm's nine year old daughter|
|diorama by Samantha Ellis|
|Angus Walker, but Deb Omel/Doo Wiki's mother|
She writes: Believed to be the embodiment of Celtic god Crom Dubh, the Dullahan's purpose is to take as many souls as possible with him to the afterlife. He often appears in the form of a carriage pulled by six black horses, who are said to gallop so swiftly through the Irish countryside that fire emanates from their hooves. The carriage consists of wood from coffins and bones from the lives he's taken. In order to take these souls with him, he holds his severed head high in the air and rides with purpose, for he knows no gate can keep him out.
Karon Alpin's entry represents the Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the models interpreting the eight seasons and celebrations: (from top) Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostera, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh, and Mabon. In the center is Cernunnos bringing harmony.
Remember Enbarr of the Flowing Mane? Here he is again, this time by Tim Justice.
Erika Isbell created a Nuckalavee.
In case you don't know - I didn't - that’s a human/horse hybrid that is often blamed for bad crops. It’s skinless, with one red eye and long arms.
Layla Bakhtiari's entry is the Morrigan, Discord, War, and Death.
She explains: The Morrigan, or “Phantom Queen” was both a single deity and the triple goddess. She was associated with discord, war, and death. The Morrigan was a shapeshifter and took many forms, including a raven and other animals. She was also said to circle battlefields as a conspiracy of ravens to carry away the dead.My entry includes three horses in the middle of a battlefield to represent the Morrigan’s triple goddess nature and each embodies events that surround battle. Discord is rearing, with an open mouth and wild eyes-he is the embodiment of conflict. War is symbolized by the strong trotting warhorse with full armor inspired by historical barding. Death is represented by the final horse, lying down among bones and portraying death as the final rest.
Thank you, Jodie, Elena, Deb, Isabella, Karon, Tim, Erika and Layla! I'll have another batch of Diorama Contest entries in parts two and three of this series.