Saturday, June 14, 2014

Two Kinds of Pixies -On Land and Sea

Two Kinds of Pixies -On Land and Sea


Two Kinds of Pixies.—‘In this region, there are two kinds of pixies, one purely a land-dwelling pixie and the other a pixie which dwells on the sea-strand between high and low [Pg 175]water mark. The land-dwelling pixy was usually thought to be full of mischievous fun, but it did no harm. There was a very prevalent belief, when I was a boy, that this sea-strand pixie, called Bucca, had to be propitiated by a cast (three) of fish, to ensure the fishermen having a good shot (catch) of fish. The land pixy was supposed to be able to render its devotees invisible, if they only anointed their eyes with a certain green salve made of secret herbs gathered from Kerris-moor. In the invisible condition, thus induced, people were able to join the pixie revels, during which, according to the old tradition, time slipped away very, very rapidly, though people returned from the pixies no older than when they went with them.’