Fuath is a generic Gaelic term for water spirits, including the Glaistig and kelpies. They may be fresh- or saltwater spirits. Although frequently described as “evil,” this is because they are not Christian, not because all are vicious or untrustworthy. Some Fuath are benevolent and helpful. However, they are volatile and quick to anger. Some have a propensity for violence. Male Fuath spirits sometimes engage in mystical marriages with human women. Iron repels and banishes Fuath.
Human children of Fuath, literal or spiritual, have webbed fingers and/or toes.
Fuath are generally nocturnal.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.