We recently discovered that a crazy QAnon politician claimed that Beyonce was actually a white Italian who claimed to be black to cause racial unrest. Can you imagine anything more ridiculous? Beyonce, an icon that is irrevocably linked to a particular culture and has always been secretly Italian? I mean, who did he think Beyonce was – a goblin? Because these people are definitely Italians.
As it turns out, Ireland̵
Why should a country proud to have resisted imperial influences throughout its existence look to Rome to name its most famous piece of folklore? Surprisingly, the Irish goblin and the Roman cult have something in common: water. Before they developed into rainbow riding, lucky charms guarding today’s green tricksters were leprechauns a kind of water fairy that was primarily associated with the oceans.
in the The saga of Fergus mac Leti, their earliest appearance in Irish literature, two water sprites the author mentions Luchorpain Try to pull the Ulster king into the sea, but the brave Fergus catches the sprites and releases them in return for three wishes – one of which is the ability to breathe and swim like a fish. The Lupercalia Festival (which some believe is the pagan forerunner of Valentine’s Day) had many rituals involving water and swimming. That included the laughing male members of the cult who beat up women with thongs and told them that it would make them more fertile – which sounds like a goblin game to me.
This in no way affects the Irishness of the goblin, it just proves that they are part of the classic European mythology, which is even more inbred than its royal houses. And hey, at least the Irish still have Saint Patrick as a piece of pure Irish beef. What are the chances that we will find out that this guy also has a Roman heritage? Oh.
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