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Little People of the British Isles (The)

48 49 ANTHROPOPHAGI England. From the Greek meaning maneating. According to English folklore, these humaneating creatures have no head, a small brain in their groin, eyes on their shoulders and a mouth in their chests. ASHRAYS Scotland. Ancient and pale, yet youthfullooking and dwell under the water. They are nocturnal and will melt into a rainbow pool of water if touched by the light of the sun. ANKOU Cornwall, Wales, Ireland. Face hidden by his black robes, he collects the souls of the recently deceased and escorts them to the land of the dead in his black horsedrawn cart. Also known as Grim Reaper, Death, Father Time. BALLYBOGS Ireland. The solitary, muddylooking guardians of the peat bogs. Short and rotund with long spindly arms and legs. May be helpful or mischievous, can only grunt, not very bright. Also Peat Faeries, Mudbogs and Bogaboos or Boggies. BANSHEE Ireland. See Beansidhe. BEANFIONN Ireland. The White Woman who lives in lakes, streams and rivers. Likes to drag children into and under the water and drown them. Known in England as Jenny Greentooth. BEANSIDHE Ireland. Means Woman of the Faery Mounds, or Woman of Peace. Pronounced Banshee. Scottish, Cointeach Cornish, Cyhiraeth and Welsh, Cyorraeth or Gwrach y Rhibyn. Fullsized female human form, dressed in white also grey or green, red or black with long stringy hair partially covered with hood. Some have long, fair hair which they brush with a silver comb, others a ghostlike appearance. Famous for their keening or loud, terrifying wailing, heard at night, as an omen of impending death. BEANNIGE Scotland. Means Washerwoman. Like the Welsh Cyhiraeth who washes her hand at a crossroads or stream. Scottish counterpart of Irish Banshee. BEANTIGHE Ireland. A faery housekeeper, a small kind elderly peasant woman, who inhabits your hearthside especially families with Milesian ancestors, like Brownies of Scotland, they love to live in a friendly human house and look after children and pets, and to finish household chores left by tired busy mothers, especially those who leave out her favourite food fresh strawberries and cream. glossAry oF lIttle people BLAcK ANGUS England and Scotland. CuSith faery dog or Barguest. Wales Cwn Annw, where they are seen crossing moors and wastelands at night. Large black dog, bright yellow eyes, sharp fangs, wet paws, roams the countryside of the north of England, and Scotland, appearing at night to those who will die within a fortnight. Scottish Lowlanders claim he has horns. BLUE HAG See Cailleac Bhuer. Bocan Isle of Skye. Since Medieval times, these evil creatures have existed only to attack, murder and mutilate travellers at night. BOGGART Scotland. A small, squat male faery who, unlike the helpful house Brownie, will move in to your house take the greatest delight and pleasure in causing havoc, mayhem and destruction, usually while you sleep. Loves to torment children, stealing their food and trying to smother them at night. Known as Padfoot or Hobgoblin in Northern England, he also enjoys frightening travellers and is poisonous to touch. Also known as Goblin, Boogey Man, Boogies, Boggans, Hobbers, Gobs, Blobs. BOOBRIE Scotland. Black waterbound bird, about a foot high, with large sharp claws, flies over or swims through water, in search of ships carrying sheep and cattle, which it drags into the water and eats. Will use its 3foot bill to catch fish if desperate. BROwNIE Scotland. Little Man or House Brownie. If he decides you are a worthy human one of these kind hearted helpful little pointyeared men with dark eyes, long fingers, wearing a felt cap and a brown, blue or green suit, will move into a cosy part of your house if it is warm and free of cats, and in return for milk, honey, ale and cake, will keep away evil spirits and bring you food and firewood, and might even make you the odd pair of shoes. Nocturnal and intelligent, except for the Scottish Dobie, who, though wellmeaning, is a little clumsy. English Hobs, Danish Dis, Russian Domonvoi, North African Yumboes, Chinese Choa Phum Phi. BROwN MEN Cornwall. Related to Scots Brownies, Brown men are skinny, longarmed redhaired little male faeries, devoted to protecting and healing the wildlife of Bodmin Moor. They dress in brown, well camouflaged, probably to avoid being seen by humans. BUGGARS Dangerous shapeshifting goblins, they dwell in the astral world. BUTTERY SPRITES England. Buttery Spirits, because of their penchant for stealing butter. Under cover of darkness, never seen by humans, they seek vengeance upon hypocrites and cheats, particularly men of the cloth. BwAGANOD Wales. Pronounced bookahnohd. Welsh goblins, who can shapeshift into any animal or human form, but only briefly, at dusk. They are not dangerous or harmful, they just seem to enjoy teasing or frightening us poor humans. BwBAcHS Wales. Pronounced booboks. Small, fat, solitary male house faery. Wears a red hat, loincloth and cloak of animal fur. Mischievous, but basically well meaning creature. Treat him with respect and feed him well and he might just protect your house from unwanted visitors, but he may also drive your friends and family away too Also known as Booakers, Bottagers. BwcIOD Wales. Pronounced bukeyd. Small, skinny, purple eyes, long pointy nose and fingers with massive feet, yet he moves quickly and is rarely seen by humans. Loves fire and seeks out a warm cosy human homes to inhabit. Can be a nuisance, and a nightmare to get rid of. cAILLEAc BHUER Scotland. Pronounced Callyac vfhoor. Also known as the Blue Hag, Black Annis, Stone Woman. Dressed in black or blue tattered garments, this old woman has jagged teeth, and one large blue eye and walks the winter forest at night. Her staff is topped with a crows head and she buries it under a tree in summer. If you can find it, you will have power over all human destiny. cHURN MILK PEG and MELcH DIcK England. Peg is female, Dick is male. Small dwarf faeries who wear peasant clothes, their job is to protect nut and fruit bushes and trees, by giving unpleasant symptoms to those who dare steal from them. Also known as Acorn Lady and Melsh Dick. cLURIcHAUN Ireland. Pronounced Klooree kahn. A close relative of the leprechaun, this solitary male faery wears a red hat, is usually cheery and intoxicated. In return for a constant supply of booze, he will guard your wine cellar from thieves and prevent any mishaps. Treat him well, or hell trash the place. cORRIGANS Korrigans Cornwall. Descended from the nine holy druidesses of ancient Gaul, they are female guardians of springs and fountains found near standing stones. Every Spring, they drink the secrets of poetry and wisdom from a crystal goblet. cU SITH see Black Angus. DEvA Isle of Man, England. Originally from Persia. Meaning Shining One, a deva appears as a bright light. They are golden faeries, or nature spirits clothed in colourful robes. They are shy, nature loving beings, inhabiting trees and lakes. DINNSHENcHAS Ireland. Shapeshifting dwarf faeries, in service to Irish FaeryGoddess Aine, protecting cattle and avenging women who have been raped or harmed by men. DOBIE England. In the North of England a Dobie is a kindhearted, helpful but stupid Brownie, or housefaery. The Dobie of West Yorkshire, however, is a purely evil faery, who hangs around in old farmhouses and outbuildings, near old towers and bridges, waiting to jump out and garrotte passing horsemen. DRAKE England. Also Germany Scandanavia. Extremely benevolent house faeries, dressed in little red caps and suits. They will keep your firewood dry and bring you gifts of gold and grain, in return for food, respect and the warmth of your fireside. Rarely seen, but are more commonly noticeable by their revolting sulphurous stench. When flying, they appear as a fireball with a flaming tail. Their spirits were once kept imprisoned in carved mandrake roots. DRYADS Celtic countries. Treedwelling nymphs, especially faery willows, which have been known to uproot and walk around at night. Usually seen as a wisp of coloured light around a tree. They love to dance and sing beautiful songs. Not dangerous but unlucky to see or make friends with them. Taught the Druids the secrets of tree magic, divination and astral travel. Gaelic name is Sidhe Draoi, or Faery Druids. DUERGARRS England. Pronounced dooaygahrs. Malicious little prankster faeries, who wear lambskin jackets, moleskin shoes and green hats. They love to play tricks and confuse travellers who dare to venture too close to the faery paths, which they guard.
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