WILL O 'THE WISP- Mysterious Light -
WILL O 'WISP IS THE MOST COMMON NAME GIVEN TO SAY ABOUT mysterious light as leading from the path BEST TRAVEL DANGEROUS swamps. TRADITION THERE WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT VARIATIONS IN ENGLAND, A NAME IN LIGHTS Wearing OFTEN DEPENDING ON AREA.
There are various explanations for the phenomenon of Will o 'the wisp, the most common being that would be evil spirits, dead or entity with a non-human intelligence. Have a mischievous and often malevolent nature, luring travelers distracted dangerous situations. Wirt Sikes in his book "British Spirits" is a story of a Will o 'the wisp (Pwca) in Wales: a farmer who was traveling home late tracand sees a bright light around him, the closer is that he sees the light a torch outfit, a cunning little creature with traits "that we follow several miles, suddenly sees standing on the edge of a cliff with a noisy waterfall falling under it. At that moment the lantern carrier jumps over the precipice, intensify the light and rise above the head with a mischievous laughter, after leaving the unfortunate man who goes away from home in total darkness on the edge of collapse. They were not always so dangerous, these entities are stories about treasure guardians, and guiding those brave enough to follow it to the treasure.
In many places, spirits were associated with those who could not enter after death nor hell nor heaven, wandering fateful unconscious on the ground and leading travel elsewhere. Katherine Briggs mentions such a spirit called 'Will the Smith' in her book, "Dictionary of nature spirits" Saint Peter given a second chance twisted a blacksmith named Will to live on earth for a while, but he lived it in such great evil that has been condemned to wander the earth as a punishment. The devil gave him a hot coal that is warm in his journey through the desolate wild lands, which he uses as his canduca passers in swamps. The lights were also seen as signs of the dead and cemeteries were when they were known as seen in light of the corpses. They say the way funerals were burning close - the victim's house to the cemetery in the form of small flickering flames. In other stories were told the light was seen in places where a tragedy was about to happen.
Several explanations for these lights are offered by existing natural gas-methane-swamp formed by the decomposition of vegetation. The gas is thought to sometimes ignite spontaneously forming flames above the ground. He also suggested that little understanding of the phenomenon could be due to reporting of occurrences.
Some regional names:There are many names for what is virtually the same phenomenon as follows:Hertfordshire and the East of England: Torch-HobitaLancanshire: Peg-a-LanternSommerset Cornwall and Joan the WadEast of England: Man-lanternWorchestershire: pinketSomerset and Devon: hinky punkShropshire: The Will SmithWestern Land: Jacky flashlightProvinces of the Netherlands, Scotland spunkiesWales: Pwca and EllyldanWarwickshire, Gloucestershire: Torch's hobbedyNorfolk: Will a wikes theNorth Yorkshire, Northumberland: Jenny flashlight
Other names:Corpse lights - refers to those relating to cemeteries and funeral processions.Fatuus Ignis - Latin name meaning crazy flames.