Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What is it we love about the paranormal and all the creatures that haunt these worlds?

Help me welcome My Guest Author Keta Diablo as she tries to help us understand what it is about the world of paranormal and the creatures that dwell there…

In part, I think the possibility they might exist or at one time existed fascinates us. It's more interesting to read about creatures/humans with supernatural powers than it is to read about the common, mundane man. The supernatural/paranormal are also fascinating to research, create and write.

When I wrote The Sin Eater's Prince, I loved exploring the ancient myths and lore enveloping Wales. There are many paranormal aspects and characters in The Sin Eater's Prince, but I've chosen only a few here to tell you about. That means, if you want to know more about the others, you'll have to read the book. Clever of me, don't you think? You can buy the book on Kindle, or if you're a Prime member, you can get it for FREE through the lending program here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0079QQBCY

Tylwyth Teg, Faeries/The Fair Folk

Welsh faeries that are good, dance & kidnap children with long golden hair. They possess glamour and can change into goats, dogs, cats and foxes. They live underground in mountains and caves. The way to their wooded country the Land of Enchantment with meadows of bright flowers is underneath hollow banks that overhang the deepest parts of lakes, or the deepest pools in rivers. Mortals can not follow them further than the water.

The Tylwyth Teg are dark-haired, one to three feet tall, wear birch leaf coats, moss breeches & gorse flower hats. They are associated with poisonous foxgloves which are called petticoats. They use glow worms for torches. They ride white horses and the women have bright dresses of red, white, pink, blue and green on Mayday. The Fair Folk play harp and violin music; feast on wine in golden cups.

Their sacred well which humans cannot drink from is full of fish of every color and also golden fish. Their lake is populated by herons, geese, cormorants, eels, leeches, water-hens, water-lilies, rushes & sedges. On nights when the moon is full the Tylwyth Teg celebrate a merry night. At midnight they rise out of the ground in every combe and valley, join hands, form circles, and sing and dance until cock-crows. Then they vanish like the mist.

Knackers/Knockers, Mischievous elf-like creatures that haunt the mines of Wales

The Knocker, Knacker, (Welsh) or Tommyknocker (US) is a mythical creature in Welsh folklore. They are the equivalent of Irish leprechauns and English and Scottish brownies. About two feet tall and grizzled, but not misshapen, they live beneath the ground. Here they wear tiny versions of standard miner's garb and commit random mischief, such as stealing miner's unattended tools and food.

Their name comes from the knocking on the mine walls that happens just before cave-ins – actually the creaking of earth and timbers before giving way. To some of the miners, the knockers were malevolent spirits and the knocking was the sound of them hammering at walls and supports to cause the cave-in. To others, who saw them as essentially well-meaning practical jokers, the knocking was their way of warning the miners that a life-threatening collapse was imminent.

According to some Welsh folklore, the Knockers were the helpful spirits of people who had died in previous accidents in the many tin mines in the county, warning the miners of impending danger. To give thanks for the warnings, and to avoid future peril the miners cast the last bite of their tasty pasties into the mines for the Knockers.

Dyn Hysbys, Welsh Wizard

Dyn hysbys is a title rather than a name, the most common term in Wales for a wizard. The soul of the druid, too imperfect for Christian heaven and too good for hell, inhabits the body of the dyn hysbys. Among the powers of the dyn hysbys is the ability to know and reveal the unknown, especially events in the future pertaining to love and death. Such powers might also be applied to commonplaces, like finding money that has been lost or helping a Welshman to escape from an English gaol. He is said to possess the power of breaking spells by undoing the evil perpetrated by witches and others.

A dyn hysbys might also undertake to heal an animal or human by using charms and incantations. His powers are especially potent on the days when the world of the spirits is thought to come closer to that of humans, such as May Day, St John's Day, and the eve of winter. There are three kinds of dyn hysbys: clerics, men who had learned their craft from esoteric books, and those who had inherited the power from their families. Other Welsh terms for wizard are: conjurer, magician, and charmer. The names of many dyn hysbys survive, and some were renowned beyond their time and place.

Note: In The Sin Eater's Prince, Owen Rhys, the sin eater is discovered to be a dyn hysbys, his powers passed down through the generations.

Gwrach y Rhibyn, Hag of the Mist

The Welsh "Hag of the Dribble" or "Hag of the Mist" may suddenly leap out of a water channel, but otherwise she’ll invisibly stalk her victims until they pass a crossroads or stream. Here she’ll become all too visible and audible, for in both instances her cries, like those of the Banshee are harrowing. If the person thus doomed to die (either the observer or someone they know) is a man the The Hag will holler "Fy ngwr! Fy ngwr!" ("My Husband! My Husband!") but if a youth is to succumb, then she’ll cry "Fy mlentyn! Fy mlentyn bach!" ("My child! My little child!")

She is a hideous sight to behold, with her crooked back, hooked nose, long filthy hair and manic eyes. She is pinched and scrawny, yet her superficial mass likely betrays her true strength and vigor. The most frightfully inhuman of all her features, however, are her long thin arms, for not only do they end in dreadful talon-like hands, but black scaly wings also hang from these extremities. These bat-like appendages are thought capable of flight. Her negligible clothing is black and ragged.

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us Keta, it’s always fun when you stop by, and today was just another example of why.

For more about Keta visit her website: http://www.ketadiablo.com/


Keta Diablo said...

Hey Barbara and followers of this wonderful site. Don't U just love Barb and Risque Reviews? I do. xoxoxoxo

I hope ya'll love my article about some of the paranormal creatures in THE SIN EATER'S PRINCE. Yes, only some, there are lots more. The Welsh people are known for their magical mysticism, legend and lore.

If U read THE SIN EATER'S PRINCE, don't forget to leave a review on AMAZON. It's a sexy, suspense-filled novel about vampires, werewolves and of course, MAN LOVE.

Thanks, Barb, and thanks everyone else for stopping by today!

Follow my blog: Keta's Keep, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

Barbara Mazzuca said...

Keta your a hoot and I just love having you as a guest. Make sure you watch for my review (coming soon) of THE SIN EATER'S PRINCE!! I just love wicked sexy vampires add some fur and fangs and I put up the "DO NOT DISTURB" sigh.

I think I just purred a little * snort*

Kharisma Rhayne said...

I have to agree, the common man with the normal 9 to 5 desk job bores me. I like the idea of something more. (Like my current fascination with erotic Highlander novels.) The same holds true for the paranormal and some lucky "mere human" female being the one that captures them

Dena Celeste said...

This is AWESOME! I love Welsh mythos, and this was right up my alley. I'm going to go grab this book ASAP, that's for sure! Gotta love the fair folk.

Jacqueline said...

I love supernatural, but I want my supernatural to be real. I can't get on with Buffy or the Charmed girls producing a new demon every week - when do they have time to live a normal life? And with the best will in Hollywood, the demons do get rather repetitive.

I am especially tough on modern vampires. Sorry, the Twilight stories are not for me. Angst ridden, anaemic juveniles bore me to death and beyond. I do like Terry Pratchett's vampires. They have some substance to their characters, both good and bad.

I like my fantasy with its feet on the ground...

Brindle Chase said...

I've always loved Celtic lore, Welsh, Irish, Briton, Scottish and more!!! Great article!!!