Wild Hunt

European - A noisy phantom host rushing through the sky on horseback accompanied. By a pack of hounds. One explanation of the origins of the Wild Hunt involves the Cornish priest, Dando, who was a keen huntsman. Finding that all the flasks of his hunting-party were empty, he declared that he 'would go to hell for a drink', whereupon the Devil , in the form of a huntsman, gave him a full cup but then put Dando in front of him on his horse which galloped off with both of them. When they crossed a stream, fire blazed from the water and the horse, riders and dogs disappeared forever. It is said that anyone who sees the Wild Hunt is likely to suffer some injury or even death but such results can be avoided by asking the riders for parsley. Those who mocked the spirits could be whisked away; those who joined in the hullabaloo might be rewarded with the leg of a horse thrown down from the sky which would miraculously turn into gold the following day. The Hunt presaged an on-coming storm, a plague, the outbreak of war or some similar misfortune. On occasions, a black dog would be left behind by the Hunt and this could be exorcised only by brewing beer in egg-shells. Some say the hunt was led by King Arthur, others that it was chasing the criminal, Tregeagle. Some people say that the bird known as the night-raven flies with the Wild Hunt. In some accounts, called Wild Hunt, Asgardsreid, Asgardsreid, Asgardreia, Asgardreid, Cain's Hunt, Cain's Hunt, Dando, Dando, Devil's Dandy Dogs, Devil's Dandy Dogs, Devil and his Dandy Dogs, Gabriel's Hounds, Gabriel's Hounds, Gabble Rackets, Gabble Ratchets, Gabriel's Ratchets, Herod's Hunt, Herod's Hunt, Hounds of Hell, Hounds of Hell, Cwn Annwfn, Cwm Mammau, Hounds of Gabriel, Cwm Mamau, English Yeth Hounds, Raging Host, Raging Host, Wish Hunt, Wish Hunt, Woden's Hunt, Woden's Hunt, Asgard(s)reid, Asgard(s)reid, Anglo-Saxon Chasse Artur, Anglo-Saxon Chasse Artur, English Herlathing, English Herlathing, French Mesnée d'Hellequin, French Mesnée d'Hellequin, Norse Asgardsreid, Norse Asgardsreid, Gandr(i)eid, Gandr(i)eid, Herelethingi, Herelethingi or Herlathing.

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