неделя, 16 октомври 2011 г.


Pixies are a type of fairy, residing, according to tradition, in Cornwall,
Devon, and Somerset. Pixies have many alternative names, including
pisgies, pigsies, piskies, pechts, pechs, pickers, grigs, and dusters. They
are said to be small and winged, with large heads, pointed ears and
noses, and arched eyebrows. They wear hats made from the tops of
toadstools or foxglove, and are attracted to gardens in bloom. They
also love coming together for large gatherings—known in northern
England as Pixie Fairs—at which they play and dance.
Like other inhabitants of the fairy realm, they have a mixed relationship
with humanity. Pixies do not normally seek out human contact,
but, when they take a liking to someone, they will help him or
her in various ways, such as doing work around the house or farm. On
the other hand, they enjoy playing pranks on people, being especially
fond of misleading travellers. The latter habit has given rise to the
expression “pixie-led,” a state in which one goes around in circles and
cannot seem to find one’s way back to the beaten path. It was said that
one could break the spell of being pixie-led by turning one’s coat
It has been speculated that the name pixie comes from Pict, referring
to the aboriginal peoples of the British Isles. This idea would
explain some pixie traits, such as their tendency to avoid people (i.e.,
avoid the dominant Celts) and their occasional working for people
(i.e., for the Celtic farmers who would feed them). The Picts were also
said to work in gold, silver, and bronze, and the metal dust generated
by their work may be the prototype of pixie dust—the magical powder
associated with Peter Pan’s comrade, Tinker Bell.

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