Piskies

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Dartmoor national park, is a landscape steeped in mystery and legend and one of its most loved myths is about mischievous little creatures known as piskies

Ever since tourists started flocking to Dartmoor, local businesses have been selling lucky piskies in all shapes and sizes. But why do they sell so well Is it just a cute souvenir, or do we secretly hope these magical beings can improve our luck

So, where are piskies from. They’re likely pre-Christian, maybe Keltic, and their name might be linked to the devilish “Pouke” of old English folklore. Shakespeare’ used it to name his mischievous Puck in Mid Summer Nights Dream.

The church once claimed piskies were unbaptised children, using it to encourage baptism. But on Dartmoor, piskies were everywhere! Pixie Glen, Pixie Pools, even Pixie Cups, a bright red bowl- shaped lichens said to be their drinking vessels.

There’s lots of stories about piskies’ good deeds, but mess with them at your own peril. They might steal your baby, exhaust your horse, or leave you with sour milk, and maybe pinch marks on your skin. To keep them happy, leave them cream or food or fancy ribbons.

So, do piskies still roam Dartmoor. Some swear they’ve seen them, while others claim to have been “Pixie-led” – a spell broken by turning your coat inside-out! When out on the moor, keep an ear out for music and watch for braided pony maines, signs of a piskie prank.

Piskie souvenirs will continue to charm visitors for years to come. After all, who doesn’t need a little luck, a touch of magic, and a reminder of the enchanting legends that whisper throughout Dartmoor