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Legend of the Isles – Fairies and Leprechauns

Submitted by on March 14, 2011 – 11:25 AM6 Comments | 1,467 views

 

What is it about a good story of the ‘wee folk’ that gets people so fascinated, yet terrified of them?

I myself enjoy any readings or documentaries in which legends, folklore or eyewitness accounts recount the strange encounters with fairies or gnomes. Yes, you can say that this is just all myth and fairy-tales. No pun intended. I grew up with these stories and with an innate fear of such little creatures existing. There was a book I read a long time ago about a certain “Coke Bottle Man”. This story has fascinated me ever since.
To this day, I don’t remember the name of the book in which the story appeared but I’ve found the excerpt of that particular story floating about the internet. I wrote about it in the post “Lilliputian hallucinations: A theory on the ‘wee folk’ “.

This is the only reference of the “Coke Man” gnome that I’ve found online:

Source: Mail-Archive

A traditional Tsalagi (Cherokee) legend may possibly throw
some light on a couple of modern diminutive humanoid sightings from
North Carolina. The best-known modern “mini-man” was probably the “Coke
bottle man” seen near Dunn, North Carolina in October 1976 by an
8-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman two weeks apart is one of the
best best-known modern reports of “mini-men” a few inches to less than
two feet tall. The Cherokee tradition suggests that “mini-men” may have
been sighted in the southeastern United States for cenuries.

Little Tonnlie Barefoot was playing in a cornfield near his home
on October 12, 1876, when he saw a little man “not much bigger than a
Coke bottle,” wearing a black “German-type hat,” a white tie, a blue top
and trousers, and black boots. He reached for something in his pocket,
froze, squeaked like a mouse, and ran off through the cornstalks,
leaving behind footprints 2 1/4 long by 1 inch wide with bootmarks. Two
weeks later, Shirley Ann McCrimmon, coming home from a party just before
daybreak on October 25, saw a little man with light-brown skin, wearing
boots and a thin garment. He shone a tiny bright yellow light in her
eyes, and ran away when she screamed. Dogs also barked at him.
Footprints were again found, in hard ground, but none in the soft ground
where he had stood, and in the cornfield the footprints ended abruptly.

For some reason, these “wee folk” have been on my mind recently and I wanted to share with you an interesting show on them.

 

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  • http://scarytruestory.blogspot.com/ ScaryTrue

    I agree, fairy stories are fun because they’re like historical cryptid stories.

    Jason Offutt has a good one on his blog, From the Shadows,

    And check out my leprechaun story, .

  • http://scarytruestory.blogspot.com/ ScaryTrue

    well, i guess i really messed up those links.

  • Ramon

    Is that Susan Boyle in the first clip? ;-)

  • RednGreen

    This was pretty interesting Javi, good post.

  • Rand

    HERE IS AN INTERESTING EXCERPT FROM LEWIS & CLARK, 1804:
    William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, wrote in his journal about the plains devils:
    β€œIn a northerly direction from the mouth of this creek, in an immense plain, a high hill is situated, and appears of a conic form, and by the different nations of Indians in this quarter, is supposed to be the residence of devils: that they are in human form with remarkable large heads, and about 18 inches high, that they are very watchful, and are armed with sharp arrows with which they can kill at a great distance. They are said to kill all persons who are so hardy as to attempt to approach the hill. They state that tradition informs them that many Indians have suffered by these little people, and, among others, three Maha men fell sacrifice to their merciless fury not many years since. So much do the Maha, Sioux, Otos, and other neighboring nations believe this fable, that no consideration is sufficient to induce them to approach the hill.”

  • cormac

    Old irish men like to story tell. Theres interesting research into DMT – commonly used by shamans to visualise. apparently the body can produce it as well and if it over produces it, it can cause hallucinations very similar to fairys and aliens – usually of the less than 3 foot high variety.