On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, I have rainbows on the brain. You know how leprechauns and rainbows go together – just ask anyone who eats Lucky Charms!
I’ve read that today’s Irish legends, including the rainbow motif, came into being around ancient stories of real people. A long time ago, Gaelic invaders discovered a pre-Celtic race in which the people were five feet tall. The invaders called them “little people” but word evolved into “leprechaun.”
These “little people” supposedly buried their dead with valuables, believed to be gold. But treasures were never found, and most likely they didn’t exist.
In an effort to explain the lack of treasure, tales grew into legends and it became common belief that you could find the burial locations at the ends rainbows. But ends of rainbows are hard to find. They appear to be close yet just out of reach – a trick which plays further into the mythical lore of the fanciful and clever little leprechaun.
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