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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Fairies and Similar Creatures From A to Z part 4

Fairies and Similar Creatures From A to Z part 4

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Welcome to part 4 of Fairies and Similar Creatures, From A to Z. (Last instalment) Some of this information may sound familiar to you, it is because parts of this were posted before on other postings.

This last series will be the last review unless you wish to learn more about any one specific mythical character listed in this presentation, feel free to leave a request, thank you

Nixen....Swiss, associated with water. They look like young, hand- some people. The males can be easily singled out by their kelly green teeth. They are prankish and often dangerous, and are known for being master fiddlers with very catchy tunes. They use the music to lure humans into the water and either drown them or take them to their undersea lairs to use for breeding. Often the corpse is found floating down the river or tossed on the bank.

Nymphs....Origin is Greece; associated with the element of the place they inhabit. They appear as beautiful women of nature and are known for two things when it comes to human interaction: Excessive sexual contact with men and artistic expression.

Pamarindo....Italian, associated with the earth. They are mean, malicious, small and ugly, fat, lazy and usually covered in what ever they had for their last meal. They crave meat but can’t kill anything, so they trick and con humans and animals to fall off cliffs or chase them into bogs so they can eat the corpses. If a human sees him it is best to turn the other way. He can’t kill but will maim if provoked, and is a nasty faie who should be avoided.

Peg O'Neill....From and, water element. She appears pale, like a frozen female corpse. She demands sacrifice. Every seven years she must have an animal sacrificed or she will come out and drown a man or woman by reaching out of the spring in which she lives and drowning them. 

Pixies...Scotland is their origin. They are about 4” tall with small bodies and very large heads. They have very large eyes and red hair, wings, pointy ears and noses and big eyebrows. They are friendly and love music and dancing, but can get out of control. Pixies can be a problem for lazy people as they hate sloth, and will attack lazy people by pinching and poking.

Pooka; phouka; puca...No fairy is more feared in Ireland than the pooka. This may be because it is always out and about after nightfall, creating harm and mischief, and because it can assume a variety of terrifying forms.

It most often appears, as that of a sleek, dark horse with sulphurous yellow eyes and a long, wild mane. In this form, it roams large areas of countryside at night, tearing down fences and gates, scattering livestock in terror, trampling crops and generally doing damage around remote farms.

The pooka can also become a small, deformed goblin who demands a share of the crop at the end of the harvest. For this reason several strands, known as the “pooka's share”, are left behind by the reapers. The pooka has the power of human speech, and it has been known to stop in front of certain houses and call out the names of those it wants to take upon its midnight dashes. If that person refuses, the pooka will vandalize their property because it is a very vindictive fairy.

The origins of the pooka are to some extent speculative. The name may come from the Scandinavian “pook” or “puke”, meaning “nature spirit”. Such beings were very capricious and had to be continually placated or they would create havoc in the countryside, destroying crops and causing illness among livestock. Alternatively, the horse cults prevalent throughout the early Celtic world may have provided the underlying motif for the nightmare steed.

Another account of the Phookas: Originated in Ireland, Wales, and Scandinavia. It is possible that it was a Nordic faery who was brought to Ireland. They are also known as Kornbockes, Bookahs, or Bwcas. Their element is air and they are active from Samhain to Bealtaine, especially at night.

Pronounced “Pook-ahs”, they are the hobgoblins of Ireland. They have heads resembling human males, but the bodies of horses. They can fly for limited distances, but have no wings. They are trooping faeries who run in destructive packs. They are said to be very ugly and ill-tempered and to quarrel amongst themselves often. Their favorite pastime is wreaking havoc and will go out of their way to harm children and crops. They lay claim to any crop not harvested by Samhain night. They love human babies and are always on the lookout for a newborn to steal, and are jealous of airplanes and will do them harm whenever they can. Their favorite food is potatoes.

Portunes....Originated in England and are earth elementals. They are the smallest of the astrals and are only about 1 inch tall. They appear as tiny old men that tend to be associated with horses and farming. They are pranksters who have very little human interaction, but if captured they will grant a wish for release. 

Red Caps. Scottish, associated with fire. They wear red caps and appear like old, hairless men with long claws and sharp teeth. About 3 feet tall, they carry a very sharp axe used to attack victims. Their trademark is a beret-like hat. If it is dry and rustic red he has not killed recently, but if it is scarlet and dripping he has made a recent kill. Two amulets will protect a potential victim from a Red Cap: Reciting Holy Scripture or showing it a cross. In either case he will vanish, leaving only a talon. He is the most dangerous of the dwarfs.

Rubezahl....Originated in Germany and is associated with the earth. They appear about 3 feet tall and wear black capes with the collar turned up so their faces are rarely seen. They carry a walking stick and will attempt to do whatever they can to make a traveler lose his way.

Sylphs....From Egypt; air spirits. They appear about 2” tall, are transparent and very light. They look almost like floating glass that resembles a human with small wings that vibrate like hummingbirds.

Tengu...The Japanese have their faie, too. Tengu are are air spirits, about 6” tall, winged, with a beak-like mouth and usually seen wearing red robes. They tend to be fierce, ready for a fight and are master sword fighters. It is rare for them to have any human inter- action, but some will teach their sword fighting skills to potential heroes.

Tuatha de Danann....One of the five myth cycles of Ireland is the Invasion Cycle in which the Tuatha de Danann take a leading role. They can be any element and are also known as the Irish Faeries, the Royalty, and the Gentry. They can travel anywhere, but make their homes in the burghs of Ireland. Pronouced the Too-ah day Thay-nan, in mythology were among the earliest conquerors of the island, and their goddess Dana is one of the great mother goddesses of Western Europe. Dana was later renamed Brigid.

The Tuatha are trooping faeries with warrior-like temperament, but are fair and just. They are male, female, and children and look just like humans only somewhat smaller. It is said the Milesians drove the Tuatha underground into the faery burghs which they still inhabit. Hurling is a popular sport among them and it is said much of the folk music of Ireland was composed by them.

The current royal family of Britain is believed to be descended from the Melesain kings. The Tuatha also posses the invincible sword of the sun god Lugh and the cauldron of the god Dagda.

Undines....Water spirits from the Middle East, they appear as a combination of human and seahorse with a human head, and are only about 2” tall. These spirits are mainly strict, but can be playful or even sensual depending on how they are approached. 

Vilas...Alpine fairies whose element is earth. They appear as beautiful women in the Alpine forests, and have no interest in humans, but are known for helping animals in need. They love all animals, but dogs are their favorites.

Well Spirits....Originated in Ireland, England, and Norway and are also known as Well Guardians. Their element is water and they are found at the side of scared wells or wishing wells, or at hot springs. They are superb shape-shifters who usually take the human beings whose bodies they envy, and are dangerously beautiful. They are water sprites and well guardians who are very sympathetic to human needs, but asking for their help often carries a huge price.

Wilde Frauen....Of German origin, associated with the earth. They are about 3 feet tall and range from small children to elderly women, but none are males. They are wise ladies who exclusively tend to the sacred forest of Germany. They live in the roots of sacred trees and have very little human interaction. 

Will ‘O’ Wisp....The Will-O'-The-Wisps, or fairy lights, are quiet and helpful. They appear in the misty Irish mountains to help searchers locate someone lost in a ravine or drowned in a rocky pool. Those who can see their lights have the gift of knowing; they know that their closest of kin are in danger. 

Yan-An-Od....Originated in England and appears as a nice old man wearing the clothing of a shepherd with a walking stick. He has a white beard, but when people get to close he slowly fades away. He can not be approached directly, but is a big help among herders. Just one of the many nature spirits who helps with livestock.

Zips....In Mexico, earth spirits. They appear very small, about 4” tall and wear armor helmets and carry spears. They are known to be afraid of humans and therefore avoid human contact. Their sole function appears to be to assist forest creatures, mainly deer.

So there you have it, as far as we know, fairy folk from A to Z. There may be others out there that we have not cataloged here. If you have knowledge of a fairy not mentioned above, please contact the owner of this blog with as much information as you can provide about it. Your submission will be considered for publication.

I do hope my dear friends that you all have enjoyed these series. this is the last instalment unless requested. Have a beautiful day filled with love and happiness. Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

With love from your fairy lady

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