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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 10:21 pm:   

...years ago I found a form I wanted to use for a story and lost it. Any suggestions?
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Karim Ghahwagi (Karim)
Username: Karim

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.163.6.13
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:12 pm:   

Mr./ Ms. Buttons
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:38 pm:   

Domestos Dan.
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Stephen Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.4.20.22
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12:36 am:   

You've lost me...?
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.224.142
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 05:11 am:   

How do ghosts sign love letters?

XOXOplasm.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.26.90.161
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:24 am:   

Not sure I understand the question, alas.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.133.230
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:27 am:   

She wants the name of a ghost, a type of ghost. I had to think, too.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:54 am:   

I came across the name for a household ghost years ago. Obviously - wasn't a banshee. Could have been in a different language.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.26.90.161
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:03 am:   

Polythene Pam.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:09 am:   

Forget it. Huw might know. I'll email him.
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Stephen Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.4.20.22
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:34 am:   

What about "revenant"?
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:44 am:   

Revenant was the first one I thought of. Thanks for the response though. It is a kind of spirit attached to family and house - for the benefit of that house and its occupants. I'll probably never come across it again. Might have been Japanese.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.26.90.161
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 11:49 am:   

>>>Forget it.

Ooh, get her! :-)
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 11:59 am:   

How about this, Ally?

From Wikipedia:

Guǐ Pů - a ghost which takes the form of a kind and friendly old woman. They may be the spirits of Amahs who used to work as servants in rich families. They return to help their masters do housekeeping matters or take care of young children and babies. Some may have hideous appearances and look hostile like witches in fairy tales.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.165.182
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12:08 pm:   

Ally, could you be thinking of lares and penates?

Lares were more on the lines of household gods that protected the house and family. Also known as Genii Loci. Ovid used to refer to them as the 'night watchmen'.

There were also penates, manes and lemures... try this Wikipedia link for a starting point.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lares
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12:59 pm:   

Thanks Steve and Simon!

In relation to form - that is the one, Steve! but I thought that it had another name...
'a ghost which takes the form of a kind and friendly old woman'
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Stephen Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.4.20.22
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 02:22 pm:   

Aren't brownies supposed to be helpful household spirits - like the opposite of gremlins.

I don't care how "kind and friendly" she appeared, if I saw the ghost of an old woman I'd be outta that house pronto!! But then I am reading 'The Influence' at the minute...
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.248.137
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 03:50 pm:   

In seriousness, I know what you mean, Ally - this one's seriously ringing a bell, a term for a friendly household spirit - it's tickling my memory banks, but I can't quite reach it....
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 04:28 pm:   

It almost sounds like a household Familiar, though human rather than animal.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 04:58 pm:   

Thanks everyone!

'a ghost which takes the form of a kind and friendly old woman.' 'a friendly household spirit.' Definiately human in form which rules out some of the spirits I just found in eastern european folklore.

Keep trying Craig...
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 05:00 pm:   

If she appeared by the side of my bed, Stephen, no matter how much she was trying to help, I'd be terrified too.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.252.35
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:37 pm:   

A fay, maybe?...
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:50 pm:   

Not sure whether this resource is any use, Ally...

http://www.thecbg.org/wiki/index.php?title=Celtic_Creatures
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.123.190
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:21 pm:   

Mmm - pretty spriggy site there Steve - I'm going to spend some time there...
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 10:24 pm:   

Yep, some of the entries there make me want to write stories, regardless of the work I'm currently doing.

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