— Me every Sunday.
Abhartach - An Irish Vampire
Mythology has always interested me. I came across this story recently and I wanted to make a note of it somewhere because it’s really interesting.Some believe it was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Abhartach was an Irish king who mistreated his subjects. Distraught by his nefarious deeds, his people commissioned the hero, Cathán to dispose of the tyrannical ruler. Cathán did just that and the subpar ruler was buried with great celebration by his freed subjects. But at the celebrations who should show up but Abhartach, demanding the blood of his previous citizens in order to pay their debt to him. Cathán, being an upstanding fellow, got rid of the persistant despot again and, again, the king was buried. Only for him to rise again and insist on his grisly tribute.
The king kept returning and the distraught subjects turned to a druid for a more esoteric solution. The druid instructed the locals to inter the king face-down, impaled with a the branch of a yew tree and prevented from returning by placing a boulder over his grave.
It would appear this solution worked for we never hear of this enthusiastic tyrant again.
"O D fuckin abbot."
The first recorded usage of the F-word in English by a dissatisfied monk in a 1528 manuscript. The “D” probably stands for “damned.” He had no problem with fuc****, but damnation was a curse too far.