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Names: Pooka, Puca, Phooka, Phouka, or Puka
“armer’s son was minding cattle in the field when something rushed past him like the wind; but he was not frightened, for he knew it was the Phouka on his way to the old mill by the moat where the fairies met every night. So he called out,” Phouka, Phouka! show me what you are like, and I’ll give you my big coat to keep you warm.” Then a young bull came to him lashing his tail like mad; but Phadrig threw the coat over him, and in a moment he was quiet as a lamb, and told the boy to come to the mill that night when the moon was up, and he would have good luck,”
-Fairy Help: The Phooka
A type of fairy with the ability of changing its shape and form (it should be noted that many specify shape shifting rather than using glamour). It typically appears as a goat, a horse, a bull, a fox, a rabbit, or even a man, though it is worth noting that in many stories of them they appear with black fur or hair.They are beings that are capable of bring either good or bad luck to those that they desire.
Puck, from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, is believed to be a Pooka. One of the english translations of pook or puki is puck.
Pranksters and comedians, Pooka are well-loved by kithain and mortal alike, but few who know them well ever trust them completely: they are incapable of telling the whole truth. Each is able to take on the form of a specific animal, most often one with a tie to human stories of mischief.
-Changeling the Dreaming
They are known for their playful ways, and they often will perform pranks on mortal and immortal alike. Though, their mischief isn’t as harmful or dangerous compared to other Fae.
When he came to a little bridge that was up by his mother’s house, he squeezed the pipes on, and began playing the “Black Rogue” (an rógaire dubh). The Púca came behind him, and flung him up on his own back. There were long horns on the Púca, and the piper got a good grip of them, and then he said—
"Destruction on you, you nasty beast, let me home. I have a ten-penny piece in my pocket for my mother, and she wants snuff."
"Never mind your mother," said the Púca, "but keep your hold. If you fall, you will break your neck and your pipes." Then the Púca said to him, "Play up for me the ‘Shan Van Vocht’ (an t-seann-bhean bhocht)."
-The Piper and the Puca
They delight in the idea of being unpredictable, though the are usually more kind than cruel. Pooka are known to help shepherd find lost sheep, or ward off plague from a farmer’s crop.
Pooka tend to enjoy various berries, wine, beer, music, gifts of clothing, and even food like corn.