Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Media-Samurai : This is my friend Digi. He is a talented musician and photographer. I kind of think of him as a half real creature so I felt this "leprechaun" treatment was a good fit for this insane picture he sent me.

Leprechauns are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology and folklore with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts. Leprechauns and other creatures of Irish mythology are often associated with "faerie forts" or "faerie rings" -- often the sites of ancient (Celtic or pre-Celtic) earthworks.

The name "leprechaun" comes from the Irish Gaelic word luprachán, meaning "half-bodied": like other mythological races in the Irish tradition, leprechauns are considered to be partly real, physical creatures and partly spirits.

An alternative source for the name may be leath bhrogan meaning shoe or shoemaker - the leprechaun is known as the fairy shoemaker of Ireland and is often portrayed working on a shoe. One of the peculiarities of the leprechaun is that he carries a purse with a single shilling that replaces itself when spent.


Anonymous said...

awesome! i love that pic!