Leprechauns (n.) (le-prey-cons)

Known in mythical tales originating from Ireland as miniature males who wears green suits and said to bring luck to those people who can spot them.

Leprechauns (mythical creatures), referred to the terms, “luchorpán,” meaning a small body and “leath bhrogan,” meaning a shoemaker. They are a well-recognize symbol of Ireland, seen as luck, and are reported as supernatural creatures that wear green to hide themselves in the grass, behind four-leaf clovers. A multitude of researchers and people have strong assumptions that a leprechaun exists as the good luck symbol and fortune to people who are able to spot and capture a leprechaun. The folktales and myths dates back all the way to the eighth century where leprechauns are petite men in green suits, whose occupation is a shoemaker, from, “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures (John Matthew, Caitlin Matthews, 2005).” From their profits in the shoemaking business, they are rumored to save it all in a pot which is stashed at the end of every rainbow. Myths say if a human is fortunate to capture a leprechaun, they would bargain escape in return of the fortune from the pot of gold.

Others call leprechauns as fairies but are not sure the type of fairy, a leprechaun directly classifies under. In the, "Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies & Other Supernatural Creatures (Katharine Briggs, 1978)," it states that a leprechaun is a mixture of the types of fairies.

Leprechauns are said to live in the forests of Ireland in villages that are picturesque in order to not be seen by humans. To reduce the risk of being captured or identified, the assumed reasoning of wearing green is to be immersed in the environment.

Words associated with leprechauns are the four-leaf clover, pot of gold, luck, Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, and the widely known cereal, “Lucky Charms.”

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