Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leipreachán - Beware of consorting with faeries on Saint Patrick's Day

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Today Is St. Patrick's Day Aside from St. Patrick and Corned Beef & Cabbage there be leipreacháns to consider today:
A leipreachán is a type of faerie, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures, leprechauns have been linked to the Tuatha De Danann of Irish mythology. Popular depiction shows them as being no taller than a small child. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. A leipreachán counts his gold The leipreachán is said to be a solitary creature, whose principal occupation is making and mending shoes, and who enjoys practical jokes. According to William Butler Yeats, the great wealth of these faeries comes from the "treasure-crocks, buried of old in war-time", which they have uncovered and appropriated. According to McAnally the leipreachán is the son of an "evil spirit" and a "degenerate faerie" and is "not wholly good nor wholly evil" The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. A jug of Irish Whiskey and a leipreachán

"Feuch an rógaire 'g iarraidh póige, Ni h-iongantas mór é a bheith mar atá Ag leanamhaint a gcómhnuidhe d'árnán na gráineóige Anuas 's anios's nna chodladh 'sa' lá."
"Look at the rogue, its for kisses he's rambling, It isn't much wonder, for that was his way; He's like an old hedgehog, at night he'll be scrambling From this place to that, but he'll sleep in the day."

Says Yeates, "Do not think the faeries are always little. Everything is capricious about them, even their size. They seem to take what size or shape pleases them. Their chief occupations are feasting, fighting, and making love, and playing the most beautiful music. They have only one industrious person amongst them, the lepra-caun--the shoemaker. Perhaps they wear their shoes out with dancing. Near the village of Ballisodare is a little woman who lived amongst them seven years. When she came home she had no toes--she had danced them off."

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