Monday August 19th 2013 Tim Candler
Amongst Primates there is the family of Lemurs.
They are described as small, arboreal, and nocturnal. And they have the
big eyes, good eyelash, a long tail and a long thin snout, and most
Lemurs are very, very adorable to look at. The word Lemur comes
from the Latin for a frightening specter that had to be exorcised from a
person's home, otherwise all sorts of terrible things would happen.
A Fetch is an Irish word for a
particular kind of ghost. Fetch is thought to be a person's ghostly double,
and those who see a Fetch are probably near the end of their time. But my
favorite word for these sorts of thing are the Psychopomps.
Psychopomps were Ancient Greek ghosts who would escort a person into the
afterlife. Few words were exchanged I am told, and none of those words
judgmental. And of course, here in Kentucky we have the
Whip-poor-will, whose role is to capture the fleeing souls of us mortals,
keep us listening to the soil we live upon.