Limited edition giclée print, printed on PhotoRag 308
11 x 11 inches
The old Irish name for the butterfly was ‘Dealán Dé’, meaning ‘light of the Gods’, but the origins of this name are unknown.
It was believed that butterflies were connected to the Otherworld and that they could pass freely between this world and the next. Butterflies were thought to carry the souls of the dead to the Otherworld, while white butterflies carried the souls of children. For this reason they were treated with respect and reverence and it was seen as bad luck to harm them.
This piece is from a series of illustrations based on the theme of Irish Folklore & Mythology.