Glaistig

Also known as Glaestig

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  • Celtic Celtic (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Rural Rural (attribute)
  • Seductive Seductive (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
  • Fairies and Nymphs Fairies and Nymphs (common type)

A shape-shifting creature of the Scottish Highlands she also known as ‘Maighdean Uanie’ meaning the ‘Green Maiden’. Sometimes she is a goat, sometimes a half goat, half woman and at other times she is a beautiful woman. She waits by the sides of streams and begs travellers to help across. Those that do so are either led astray or killed with their throats being slit. Some believe that the Glaistig is a household fairy like the Brownie, who does chores around a house when the family is sleeping. She also wails before the death of a person like a Banshee. Once a farmer caught a Glaistig and ordered her to create magical cattle after doing so she was released and when giving out her arm in a goodbye gesture, the farmer cut it off. The vegetation of his land was cursed to forever be stained red.

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