Thursday, October 1, 2009

Púca, defined

A little history on the name of the blog, it's a word that I ran across today and found interesting and appropriate. I found the definition on what I thought was my computers dictionary, but turned out to be my computer consulting wikipedia. So the following is from wikipedia, maybe the púca has shapeshifted into wikipedia and is playing a trick on me, but that is open for interpretation.

Morphology and physiology

According to legend, the púca is a deft shape shifter, capable of assuming a variety of terrifying forms. It may appear as a horse, rabbit, goat, goblin, or dog. No matter what shape the púca takes, its fur is almost always dark. It most commonly takes the form of a sleek black horse with a flowing mane and luminescent golden eyes. [1]

If a human is enticed onto a púca's back, it has been known to give them a wild ride. But unlike a kelpie, which will take its rider and dive into the nearest stream or lake to drown and devour him, the púca will do its rider no real harm. The púca has the power of human speech, and has been known to give advice and lead people away from harm. Though the púca enjoys confusing and often terrifying humans, it is considered to be benevolent.

They generally have green eyes. Like dragons, they have a fondness of riddles, but unlike dragons, they are very sociable. Phookas are witty and have few family members, but hundreds of friends which they enjoy getting together with. (Especially if it is to play a prank on any unsuspecting humans.)

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