Here’s a little Pooka from my other blog and some fun folklore:
The Puca is a legendary creature of celtic folklore, especially in Ireland
The púca (or pooka, phouka, puca, púka; Irish for goblin,is a creature of Irish folklore, one of the myriad fairy folk, both revered and feared by those who give credance to their existence. Their belief extends as far as the West of Scotland . It has counterparts in Welsh (the pwca or pwwka), and in Cornish folklore (the Bucca).
Menacing or Beneficent
The pooka may be regarded as being either menacing or beneficent. Fairy mythologist Thomas Keightley said “notions respecting it are very vague,” and in a brief description gives an account collected by Croker from a boy living near Killarney that “old people used to say that the Pookas were very numerous…long ago…, were wicked-minded, black-looking, bad things…that would come in the form of wild colts, with chains hanging about them.” and that did much to harm unwary travelers. Also, children were warned not to eat overripeblackberries, because this was a sign that the pooka has befouled them.
In contrast, the phouka is represented as being helpful to farmers by Lady Wilde, who relates the following tale. A farmer’s son named Phadraig one day noticed the invisible presence of the phouka brushing by, and called out to him, offering a coat. The phouka appeared in the guise of a young bull, and told him to come to the old mill at night. From that time onward, the phoukas came secretly at night and performed all the work of milling the sacks of corn into flour. Phadraig fell asleep the first time, but later concealed himself in a chest to catch sight of them, and later made a present of a fine silk suit. This unexpectedly caused the phoukas to go off to “see a little of the world” and cease their work. But by then the farmer’s wealth allowed him to retire and give his son an education. Later, at Phadraic’s wedding, the phouka left a gift of a golden cup filled with drink that evidently ensured their happiness.
Morphology and Physiology
According to legend, the puca is a deft shapeshifter, capable of assuming a variety of terrifying or pleasing forms, and may appear as a horse, rabbit, goat, goblin, dog etc. No matter what shape it takes is’a fur is almost always dark.
The Manx glashtyn, also takes on human form, thought it is usually betrayed by his horse’s ears.
If a human is enticed onto a púca’s back, it has been known to give them a wild ride; however, the púca will do its rider no real harm. According to some folklorists the only man ever to ride the púca was Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, by using a special bridle incorporating three hairs of the púca’s tail.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.