Halloween, Fae Style

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An alternative view of the Halloween tradition when the boundaries between Tir Na Nog and the Mortal realm are weakened.

Submitted: October 25, 2016

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Halloween – Fae Style.

 

In Ireland we have a lot of what are known as Faerie Mounds. These were rumoured to be the entryways to Tir Na Nog – The Land of Eternal Youth. Once you entered you would find yourself in a maze of identical tunnels; many who found their way in without a faerie guide were thought to perish before ever finding their way out or through them.

 

During the time of Samhain Fesh (sowen fesh), now known as Halloween, the boundaries between the two worlds are said to be at their weakest, making it much easier to pass both ways. It is during this period that you could accidentally wander into Tir Na Nog. And it is also during this time that you are more likely to come into contact with one of the fae in the Mortal realm. Some might be visiting while, others are intent on causing mischief or are looking for humans to lure back with them.

 

Wearing an iron cross or carrying a piece of iron in your pocket is said to offer protection, as this metal is believed to be harmful to all fae. If you come across a stranger you should avoid eye contact but be polite. Rudeness could result in trickery or even a faerie curse. Many people believed that they should put a small cup of milk or a snack on their windowsill as a sign of peace and hospitality.

 

The Dullahan (doo-la-han), is a soul collector. He is similar to the Grim Reaper but is headless and either rides a black horse or drives a black horse-drawn carriage. I have previously written a story about him, called ‘In Darkness’.

 

Sean Rua (shawn roo-a) resembles a red-headed child. He has hypnotic powers of persuasion which he will put in to play to lure people, especially children, into the faerie mounds with him. He will then escort them to whichever of the Faerie Courts he is currently allegiant to, leaving them trapped in Tir Na Nog.

 

Then there are the Fir Dorocha (fear-dor-ka), the ‘dark men’. These are fae that spread fear and terror, hatred and panic. Their presence is thought to drive humans crazy and they are often thought to be the instigators of mobs and rioting. These ‘men’ are also used by faerie kings and queens to carry out human abductions.

 

The Gancanagh (Gan-cha-nah) is a very different type of fae. He has a poison in his skin which makes him irresistible to mortal women. They fall into eternal love and, after one kiss, will die pining for him when he leaves.

 

Mortal men are the target of the Glaistig (glay-steeg). Being either friendly or hostile, they will lure male travellers to their death. They generally hang around near water so men should try to avoid lakes, rivers, marshlands over Halloween. Glaistig will protect children from other fae, though.

 

So there you have it. Halloween is not just about spirits of the dead rising to haunt you; and there could be much more than ghouls and zombies on the loose.

 

 

 

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