In honor of St. Patrick's day, here's a list of 7 things any Irish-respecting person should know about leprechauns, their legends, and why the Irish know we're all wrong about them. Despite the movie of the same name, leprechauns are known mostly for bringing good luck and prosperity to those who run into them. Everyone loves the romantic notion of seeing the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
What are some things you probably don't know about leprechauns? Take a look at this list and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two about these little fellas that you may not have known before. Then go have a Guinness, in honor of the Irish.
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The Irish Find Them Offensive And It Is Probably Disney's Fault Although we love leprechauns in America and quite often feature them in commercials, cartoons, horror movies and breakfast cereals, the Irish find them to be brute, bastardized versions of a Celtic legend ruined (like a lot of
They Are Trickster Deities Arguably the most popular trickster deity in popular culture, the leprechaun rivals Norse trickster Loki in its mischief. The first recorded reference to leprechauns appears in a medieval tale called The Adventure of Fergus, Son
They Are The Remnants of Awesome Super Powered Gods The Tuatha Dé Danann are a race of Pre-Christian gods who, in later Christian periods, were revered as mortal kings and heroes. They hailed from the 4 northern ancient cities of Falias, Finias, Gorias and Murias, which is
They Are The COOLER Of Two Small Irish Mythical Creatures You know that friend you have that you hang out with all the time, but never bring to parties because he/she always gets a little too drunk and embarrasses you? That's what the Clurichaun is to the leprechaun. The Clurichaun,
They Used To Look Like Santa! Originally, the leprechaun wore colors of red, not green. Another reason that the American/World/Breakfast Cereal view of leprechauns is so offensive to some traditional and purist Irish people. Up until the early 20th century the
They Are Talented Musicians Leprechauns have flutes. Obviously. They are also skilled in other musical instruments because of their lineage. According to scholars (and a life321 article we read):The Fenian Cycle, "a legendary Irish poem that depicts
Dateline NBC How To Catch A Leprechaun Leprechauns are skilled shoemakers, tinkerers and artisans. It is often good luck if they are around because you will notice your appliances start working better. A leprechaun can fix anything and is a general sign of good luck in