I’ve been playing around with this for a while now trying different things, I repainted it, added frosty white fur, re shaped it and even looked at added two moveable front legs. All of which seemed to take the traditional look away from it so I took it back to its original colours and form,settling with white tatters. So here it is all finished.
Puca/Bucca is of Celtic folklore and mythology. It comes under several names, the Old English word was Puca, Irish púca and Welsh pwca, all of which are thought to be related or may be compared to the Cornish Bucca. Bucca’s spirit is said to be housed in the form of a hobgoblin that inhabits mountains, quays, hills, forests and tin mines.
Puca/Bucca is known for its ability to shape shift, it can take on the appearance of animals such as a sleek horse, a ghostly dog, a twisted horned goat, a dark hare and many more which were always black in colour. It could also take on a human or goblin form but would often have animal features such as a tail or ears, it is noted to also have the power of human speech. #
Bucca is considered to be the bringer both of good and bad fortune either helping or hindering rural and marine communities.
Bucca comes in two forms, Bucca Gwidden - a good, white magic/spirit associated with fair weather, healing, life, nourishing rain, the full moon and the summer months, generally helpful to farmers and fishermen, unless it was not properly appeased in which case it would plague them by becoming the second form, Bucca Dhu. An evil black magic/spirit associated with stormy weather, night, death, the new moon, autumn and winter months who is also known as Bucka boo.
This is my version of the Bucca/Puca caught between shape shifts. Imagine, if you will, the spirt frozen as it shifts through forms trying to work out what apparition to take on. It stands, semi-ram, semi-human, semi goat, semi-hare, and semi-horse whilst being split between Bucca Gwidden, a good sprit, healer, bringer of fine weather and life, and Bucca Dhu, an evil spirt, mischievous, bringer of storms and death.
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