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[Bret. korr, dwarf].

Wanton, impish, sprightly female fairy of Breton folklore who desires sexual union with humans. Thought to be descended from ancient druidesses, korrigans are especially malicious towards celibate Catholic priests. Each korrigan has the power to enmesh the heart of the most constant swain and doom him to perish for love of her. In Christian folklore korrigans are portrayed most unfavourably, characteristically blamed for changeling substitutions. Found near wells, fountains, dolmens, and menhirs, especially in the forest Brocéliande, korrigans are none the less thought very beautiful, with golden hair, flashing eyes, and laughing lips. Known as Ozegan, Ozeganned (pl.) near Vannes in southern Brittany.

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