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The legend of the Irish Headless Horseman

The headless horseman, the English translation of “Dullahan”, also known as “The Headless Horseman, Durahan, Gan Ceann”, is one of the most famous Irish folk legends of gods and monsters. Regarding the origin of the legend of the Headless Horseman, it is said that he was a brave knight before his death. Due to the unfortunate death on the battlefield, the first level was cut off by the enemy, so he would ride a horse every night when the moon was dark and the wind was high. Horses that are also undead haunt the Sleepy Hollow, looking for their lost heads everywhere; and whenever they see someone who looks similar to their own, they will cut their heads and bring them back.

Folk legend
Legend has it that on a Halloween night, a poor young man met and was chased by the headless knight in Sleepy Valley. The young man in desperation took the pumpkin lantern in his hand and put it on the headless knight’s neck to survive.

In the orthodox Irish folklore, the headless horseman who haunts the Sleepy Hollow usually holds the reins of the black headless horse under his seat with one hand, and holds his head around his waist with the other hand. His image is described as “face and skin like moldy cheese, with a large mouth and large fly-like eyes, and when he encounters humans, he will pour barrels of blood on them (Monstropedia, 2006). ). In some folktales, his horse, the undead black horse, has a head, the head of the horse is 6 yards longer than the body of the horse (about 5.49 meters), short ears, and a pair of eyes that burn like flames.

In some other legends, the headless horseman will be accompanied by a group of monsters, such as banshee (Chinese translation “banxi”), they ride in a cart led by six black horses, “Coiste Bodhar”, the whip used to drive the carriage is The human spinal cord is made. However, the power that the headless knight can use to speak is extremely limited, and he has only one chance to speak each time he goes out on a tour, and in this only opportunity he will call the dying person’s name and take his soul away.

The headless horseman is more regarded as the incarnation or messenger of CromDubh or Black Crom, the god of fertility in the early Celtic mythology. Crom Dubh provides a good harvest for mankind and requires mankind to sacrifice his life in exchange for himself as a sacrifice. The religious festival in Ireland-“The Festival of Crom Dubh”, especially the period from the end of August to the beginning of September, is a day when headless horsemen frequent. At nights during this period, Irish people usually pull down the curtains to close the door and wear gold ornaments, because the headless horseman is afraid of the light emitted by gold-this is his only weakness-although gold cannot cause harm to the headless horseman But it can protect the souls of the residents of Sleepy Hollow from being taken away.

The Headless Horseman will not forcefully seize human souls. For humans, he is the conveyer of death prophecies rather than a predator who is greedy for human souls. As the incarnation or messenger of Crom Dubh, the Irish people’s fear of the headless horseman originated more from the belief and worship of the god Crom Dubh during the pre-Christian period.

In addition to movies, the Headless Horseman is a character that frequently appears in games related to fantasy and mythology. His identity is usually the guardian of the holy land, the king of the place where ghosts gather, or the opponent before the final battle, and he will launch relentless attacks on outsiders who trespass in his territory. In those games, the headless knight wore medieval-style armor, holding his head in one hand and wielding a powerful magic sword or spear in the other; he also possessed superb magic, and in some games his head would spit a raging bear. Flames.

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