- Mythical Number: #2514
- Culture: Celtic
- Attribute: Aquatic
- Attribute: Reptilian
- Behaviour: Friendly and Dangerous
- Common Type: Sea Serpents
This is a water serpent from Ireland whose name comes from the Gaelic ‘oll’ meaning ‘great’ and ‘peist’ meaning fabulous beast. It was originally a benign creature until it heard that St. Patrick was arriving to exorcise it. It then became enraged and swam out of the Shannon River and swallowed a drunken musician who happened to be in the way. The musician continued to play in the beasts belly which irritated it to the extent that it vomited the musician back out. The drunk being totally unaware of what just happened, continued to play.
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Did you find Oillepheist interesting? If you are skilled in art, then why not draw a interesting and exciting picture of the Friendly and Dangerous Oillepheist and send it to this website. Ireland is regarded as the heart of Celtic myth in modern day. For more on Fairies, Dragons and Spirits why not go there yourself and live the myths? Celtic Dragon and Fairy art is very popular such as the works of Howard D Johnson and Jane S Weills. Composer Medwynn Goodall does excellent Celtic music to create that Fairy fantasy feeling. But if you are into your horror films watch the Banshee (2006) - celtic horror brought to life. On another note the TV series Merlin featuring a talking Dragon and multitude of Medieval - Celtic creatures might take your fancy.
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