Maighdean Uaine

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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 type of Fuath or sea creatures from the mythology of Scotland. Their name means ‘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 them across. Those that do so are either led astray or killed with their throats being slit. She also wails before the death of a person like a Banshee. Some believe that the Maighdean Uaine is a household fairy like the Brownie, who does chores around a house when the family is sleeping. Once a farmer caught a Maighdean Uaine 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 remain stained red.

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