Pobel Vean - The Little People of Brythonic Europe.

Pobel Vean are the Little People of Cornish, and to a degree their closest relatives in Wales & Brittany, as well as Devon in Britain. They are the Fairy-Folk, Giants, and similar creatures, usually tied to the Feywild, Shadowfell, and related mythical lands. Many stories are told of them by the locals, especially by story tellers called 'Drol Tellers'. The Knockers and the Three Midnight Washerwomen are two unique Cornish Fey. The former is found in mines, especially tin mines and regularly warn of impending cave-ins by knocking on the stone walls. The latter, the Three Midnight Washerwomen, are not to be viewed by them for safety reasons. If they are, the sheets they are washing are to be twisted by the individual counter to the direction used by them. If not, the person's arms are wrenched from their sockets and die instantly. If done correctly they receive three wishes. In Breton they are sometimes referred to as Les Lavandières.   Korrik (plural. Korriks), means Gnome or Gnomes in Cornwall, and a similar term in Brittany is Korrigan. Ankou is another creature meant to be a servant of Death. Appearing as a man or skeleton, wearing a black robe and a large hat which conceals his face, or, on occasion, simply as a shadow. He wields a scythe and is said to sit atop a cart for collecting the dead, or to drive a large, black coach pulled by four black horses and accompanied by two ghostly figures on foot. In an origin he was a cruel prince who met Death during a hunting trip and challenged him to see who could kill a black stag first. Death won the contest and the prince was cursed to roam the earth as a ghoul for all eternity. Sometimes he is depicted as the king of the dead whose subjects have their own particular paths along which their sacred processions move. Other versions depict Ankou as the first dead person of the year (though he is always depicted as a male adult), charged with collecting others' souls before he can go to the afterlife.   In Wales, the Little People are most closely related to other Brythonic speaking people's view with a certain intermingling with the Irish, Scottish, and Manx Little People.   Some changes have took place within the Celtic world including in Britain and continental Europe. With most of the Brythonic world, the Romans, and now the Germanic peoples have brought new Little People in. This has meant most of these Fey that remain are now either pushed out, or adapted to living with other, more numerous Feykin.


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