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What is the meaning of not giving clothes to supernatural helpers?

The following quotes are taken from Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins - An Encyclopedia, by Carol Rose (highly recommended). In the entry for Brownies: Families were proud of their ...
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What did Cuchulainn's warp spasm look like?

Hulking out is a fairly appropriate comparison to the riastrad, or warp spasm, as Kinsella put it, but far more monstrous than just green-tinged and well-muscled. Massively muscled, lower legs twisted ...
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Was there any figure considered to be evil in iron age Celtic paganism religion of England?

Keep in mind that we're reaching deep behind the shrouds of history. Little is known for certain of religious practices this far back; thus, a great deal of speculation and reconstruction is necessary ...
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Are there any relations between Norse elves and Celtic fairies, or their home realms?

Yes, both in characteristics and history. Starting from here, Another writer, Wirt Sikes wrote in the British Goblins (1880), comparing the Welsh fairies with that of Norse/Teutonic fairies. Sikes ...
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Did the Gauls have a magic potion that made them strong?

The actual lyric is: I call you all To Woden's Hall, Your temples round With ivy bound In goblets crown'd, And plenteous bowls of burnish'd gold, Where ye shall laugh And dance and quaff The juice ...
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Are all Celtic Gods (Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and British) considered part of the same pantheon?

Celtic refers to any of the peoples who spoke Celtic languages, and this includes France, parts of Germany and Austria, and northern Italy. The peoples of Ireland and Britain are called Insular Celts, ...
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Revenants in mythology of the British Isles?

I'm not aware of a story that could possibly be a basis for the white walkers, but it could be argued that a zombie story exists in the second branch of the Mabinogi, the tale of Branwen ferch Llŷr. A ...
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Are elves born on the moon?

I'm not entirely certain this means "born on the moon". Most texts that I can find refer to Elfland as being subterranean: The fairyland of the ballad tradition similarly existed in a kind ...
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How are Norse and Celtic mythology related?

How are Norse and Celtic mythology related? In a few different ways, I suppose. Because they are the mythologies of similar human societies. An example: the “Green Man” isn’t exclusively Celtic, ...
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Symbolism of three characters leading Mayday ritual in The Wicker Man

These three characters are recurring in various mummer or guiser plays. These are old traditional folk dance/theatrical rituals which are known to have been performed at least as early as in the ...
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Revenants in mythology of the British Isles?

Abhartach (Ireland) Irish folklore speaks of Abhartach, a dwarf who rose from the dead multiple times after being slain. In The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places (c. 1871), Patrick Weston ...
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How does the Devil come to be horned?

I have a theory that could possibly explain this. In Ezekiel 28:12-14, the king of Tyre (who is commonly believed to be Satan) is described as a cherub. In Ezekiel 1, the prophet Ezekiel saw 4 living ...
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Are certain types of fairies associated with specific regions?

I am no expert but I think that while some are geographical, most are based on pre-existing myths. Most Celtic faeries are linked to Greco-roman nature spirits and gods. For instance La Dame du Lac ...
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When did Korrigans become part of the Breton folklore?

This compares the Korrigans to three earlier mythological figures: Ceridwen The Lady of the Fountain The Lady of the Lake Ceridwen is first (and perhaps only) mentioned in the story of Taliesin, in ...
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Symbolism of three characters leading Mayday ritual in The Wicker Man

Well, the movie's culture is purportedly based on Celtic paganism. Mostly gods were worshiped locally in this tradition. Epona is a rare exception: Epona is a unusual case of a pagan Celtic god ...
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Was there any figure considered to be evil in iron age Celtic paganism religion of England?

Your question is difficult to answer definitely because of several factors: what we know about the concepts and beliefs of iron age Europe is a patchwork of evidence, archaeology, contemporary ...
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Are there any relations between Norse elves and Celtic fairies, or their home realms?

Tolkien apparently drew much of his inspiration for his elves from the Welsh supernatural owners of nature, the Tylwyth Teg: these are remarkable for the degree that the Welsh assigned their brand of ...
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Worship of Epona in the Roman Empire

Epona was a protector goddess and also the goddess of fertility and was welcomed into many homesteads at the time because she just about covered everything. The Romans believed that they should never ...
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Who is the father of the Tuatha Dé Danann?

There is this reference in Wikipedia: The Tuatha Dé Danann were descended from Nemed, leader of a previous wave of inhabitants of Ireland. The somewhat disjoint genealogies in Lebor Gabála Érenn (...
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Are certain types of fairies associated with specific regions?

The above answers concentrate on "species" of fairies, but it is also worth noting that different regions tend to have different ways of understanding Faery & fairy folk in general. For instance, ...
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Who was Scathach and Aoife?

1) Who is Scáthach? Scáthach is the warrior woman who varyingly lives in the 'east of the world' who Cú Chulainn is sent to train with: Then Domnall said that Cuchulind would not have profession ...
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Which Celtic god is the equivalent of the Roman Dis Pater?

The two most common candidates are Cernunnos and Sucellos. Anne Ross in her book Pagan Celtic Religion, and Phyllis Fray Bober in her paper on Cernunnos both suggest that the god, who has connections ...
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Why did druidesses vow perpetual virginity?

Perhaps an answer can be found from a different group of Celtic people, the Welsh: Math fab Mathonwy was a king of Gwynedd who needed to rest his feet in the lap of a virgin unless he was at war, or ...
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What's a good source on Fairies online?

You can find a lot of sources on Internet Sacred Text Archive ... You have to scroll down to approximately 7/8 and you can find all the fairy texts you need. Or ctrl-f fairies.
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Why are mermaids naked?

A number of reasons: mermaids are part of nature, not culture, Classical depictions of marine deities and other spirits show them naked, and because mermaids are supposed to be sexy.
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Ancient celtic-iberian deity roughly named "Pecosuosucivo"

This name doesn't seem Celtic. It could be derived from vulgar Latin based on: Pecus (guard) suos (acc. plural oneself) succentīvus ([those]around) or Pecus (guard) suos (acc. plural oneself) su (...
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Are certain types of fairies associated with specific regions?

The Encyclopedia Mythica at http://www.pantheon.org/ has geographical sections. The Celtic section is probably a good place to start. It's the reverse of your original question, in that it lists many ...
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How are Norse and Celtic mythology related?

Actually, the ancient people of northern Europe are all related (for all intents and purposes shall be referred to as Nords); as are those of the south (the pre-migration civilisation/culture known as ...
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