Púca: Ireland’s shapeshifting trickster spirit of Celtic folklore

Try to imagine: you’re a normal worker, and you live in your pretty cottage just outside Dublin. It’s autumn and, despite the wind is brisk, the weather is pleasant and so you decide to take a normal nighttime stroll. You latch your gate behind you, and turn, just to find a stranger dressed in a fashionable suit. He begins to tell you your own family secrets, including sins, adultery, sorrows, destitution. Then he tells you what’s going to happen to you: your wife will leave, your money will run dry…

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#TodayInHistory – November 1

November 1 – Some important events on this day. 835 👉🏼 All Saints Day made compulsory by Pope Gregory IV throughout Frankish Kingdom 996 👉🏼 First recorded use of modern name for Austria in the ‘Ostarrîchi Document’ 1512 👉🏼 Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public 1570 👉🏼 All Saints Flood, tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland; killing more than 1,000 people. 1755 👉🏼 Lisbon earthquake kills more than 50,000 in Portugal 1814 👉🏼 Congress of Vienna opens to re-draw the European political map…

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