The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pixy

Pixies (or Piskies as they are sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name. In regional dialect, these mischievous little folk are sometimes referred to as Piskies/piskeys or the little people. They are usually depicted as wingless, with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat. Sometimes their eyes are described as being pointed upwards at the temple ends.

Mythic origins
One myth states that pixies were a race of people who were not good enough for Heaven or bad enough for Hell and were therefore forced to remain on Earth forever. Another legend claims that they were Druids who resisted Christianity and were subsequently sentenced by God to grow smaller and smaller until they accepted Christianity. A smiliar belief of faeries also occurs. How this myth got started is a complete mystery, since religion has very little to do with the existance of fantastical creatures.


More recently a theory has developed that they are named after the nation of Picts that inhabited Scotland during the post-Roman period, whom some believe are descended from an indigenous group of people predating the arrival of the Celts in Britain during the Iron Age, the word 'pixie' apparently being formed from a mixture of the words 'Pict' and Sidhe. However, this is not proven, as many scholars believe the Picts to have been largely a Celtic people, as evidenced by the fact that they were called Priteni (Irish Cruithni) by the Welsh, an archaic Celtic name for "Briton." Additionally, the name Pict is derived from Latin picti, "painted people", making the Pictish origin of pixies unlikely as the word would not have been used by the Celts to describe their neighbours.

Characteristics

Pixies are mischevious cousins of the faeries. Somewhere up the line they might have even been the same species, providing all the confusion between pixies and faeries. Like Violins and Fiddles, however, their early ancestors might have been an interchangeable species but are now playing to a different tune. Though they are humoid looking at first glance, on closer examination, they have an almost snakelike, or scaley, appearance. Of course, few pixies would let you get this close to notice anyway. When the faerie language sounds a bit like the tinkling of small bells, pixies sound closer to the hissing of snakes or insects.

Pixies are attracted to shiny objects, much like some very common birds. This attraction often leads them to annoying dwarves and gnomes because the Pixies are often unlocking their gold and jewel safes and stealing whatever they can carry. Surprisingly, Pixies can carry large quantities of gold, and they have a miraculous ability to carry many times their own body weight. Where the Pixies take their newly "found" treasure is yet to be discovered.


Pixies are said to enjoy playing tricks on people, for example by stealing their belongings or throwing things at them. At night, they steal horses and bring them back before dawn, leaving only tangled manes as evidence of the prank.

Just a small note: Fairy folk are also known to steal horses and return them with tangled manes, as in the book, An Earthly Knight written by Janet McNaughton. Though fairies and pixies have a lot in common they are not, as commonly mistaken, the same thing!

Pixies exude pixie dust, which is left in their footprints or floating behind them as they fly. The Complete Properties of Pixie Dust is unknown but it is said to give people the ability to fly when sprinkled over someone. Ingestion of Pixie Dust enables the eater to bounce, but such ingestion has massive side-effects that are yet to be fully recorded. For a reason unknown, faeries are often trading gold for pixie dust--leading to yet more confusion between the two species. Faeries do not shed Pixie Dust. They have a magic of their own. Aside from Pixie Dust (which is powerful enough), Pixies have very little magical power. Their ability to open locks as been said to magic, but for the most part, they don't need magic when the nimbleness of their fingers suffices.

On Dartmoor, in Devon, travellers who became lost on the moor were sometimes said to have been "pixie led", in other words, deliberately led astray by the little people. It is said that, if travellers felt the onset of the pixie spell, they can turn their coats inside out to confuse them and escape, a technique normally used for all fairies. This is one of the more humorous jokes of faerie kind, probably started by a mischevious pixie long ago. The wearing of a coat inside out does neither confuse the faeries or pixies nor protect from their magic. It does, however, look so completely ridiculous that the magical beings can't help but laugh, and sometimes this amusement invokes a sense of mercy for something so pathetic that they lesson the spell out of pity.

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Pixies can also be repelled by objects made from iron as contact with the metal is said to harm them, another trait they share in common with other fairies of the British Isles. However, it is unknown how to kill a pixie. Pixies live for a very long time, several centuries in fact, but how they die is a complete mystery.

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Those who deliberately follow pixies often vanish without a trace. For example, a farmhand at Rowbrook, situated on the steep, wooded flanks of the River Dart valley, is said to have been lured down towards the river by mysterious voices, calling his name: ‘Jan Coo.’ He was never seen again. Even within living memory, some rural families left small gifts, such as bowls of food or saucers of milk, for the pixies in order to placate them. When shown this respect and attention, pixies would sometimes even help the family by tidying up the household during the night.

Recent folklore
In some regions, belief in pixies has endured into contemporary times. During the construction of Hinkley Point nuclear power station, anything that went wrong was blamed on "the Pixy," with the station being built near Wick's Barrow, an Iron Age burial mound called "Pixies Mound" by the locals. After construction was completed, the contractors presented the station manager with a garden gnome, representing the Pixy. On the one occasion the ornament was removed from the station's trophy cabinet, the station was closed down by a freak flood. No doubt caused by angry pixies. They hate being compared with gnomes and to have a gnome worshiped by humans was the highest of insults to them.
There were reports in 2001 of pixie sightings in the UK in the Woodham area of County Durham. All of these sightings were from residents of houses in a small street near a meadow called "Carwadine Close."

Modern medicine
It has been speculated by some medical professionals that the legends of pixies and elves, were inspired by a genetic disorder known as Williams syndrome. Some of these afflicted have pointed ears and sloe eyes and elongated faces that make them look like "real" pixies and the syndrome is often called "Pixieism."

This post is still needing information...but a special thanks to Wikipedia for the information.

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