Cait Sidhe (pronounced caught shee) is a fairy creature from Celtic mythology said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its breast. It was said to haunt the Scottish Highlands. Some common folklore suggested that the Cait Sidhe was not a fairy, but a transformed witch.
The myths surrounding this creature are more common in Scottish Folklore, but a few myths originate in Irish folklore as well.
This comes from the root words "Cait", which meant "Cat" in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and Sidhe, which is the word for faery folk or other otherworldly beings.
The 'cat as large as a dog with a white spot on its breast' version of the Cait Sidhe is actually not a myth, but is actually a rare breed of cat, known in modern times as the Kellas Cat.
- Note : Sidhe is the Irish Gaelic version of the word. Sith is the Scottish version of the word, both being pronouced the same way as shee. If this is true, both would be correct. It's what I've seen while reading.
The Cait Sidhe has actually made its way into popular video games, such as Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII. However, due to character limits for names and perhaps mis-information on the parts of the translators, the character was renamed Cait Sith.
- The Scottish Big Cat Trust An article on the Kellas cat.
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