British retailer Climadoor sells doors. I suppose some door manufacturing and installation companies have run marketing campaigns based on how doors keep your home safe from criminal threat. Maybe some have talked about keeping loud street noises out of your home or the environmental benefits of sustainable timber and insulation.
Rattling doors feature in Climadoor’s latest attention earning effort, though. The brand has turned to the supernatural with a list of fae spirits you might want your doors to keep out as well as those more kindly house daemons who might secretly help out.
There’s a Harry Potter reference in the first mystical creature that Climbadoor mention. Scottish brownies are credited as the inspiration to Dobby the House Elf.
While they’re happy, brownies will help out around in the house, but they’re easy to offend and scare off forever. Sometimes insulted brownies even become malicious.
Domovoy are mystical spirits that embody traditions and ancestors from Slavic regions. They’ll protect the house, especially the children up until they fell wronged or witness bad behaviour.
The head of an elephant, eyes of a rhino, legs of a tiger and the tail of an ox… the monstrous-looking Baku are actually good to have around. They bring luck and scare off evil.
Interestingly, Baku are seen in both Chinese and Japanese folklore.
Households can lure Matagot in through the front door with the offer of a plump chicken. These spirits look like pets and bring forture and good health. It’s suggested the origin of the story Puss in Boots is a Matagot story.
Christmas elves. Nisse are tiny old men, and their name probably comes from the Scandinavian for Nicolas.
Nisse are hard workers, help around the house but are pretty sassy. Some stories suggest the Nisse only have one eye.
Boggats are fantastical creatures you would hope your door could keep out. The English fae might be the origin of the Bogeyman concept.
These Irish fae spirits are well known for their association with death. In the 8th century in Ireland, women were hired to mourn outside the house of someone who was expected to die. It was believed the banshees were summoned by them. Even though that tradition died out, the banshee myth continued
These Japanese spirits are cheeky but popular. They are said to bring good luck to a household, bringing wealth and good fortune and fond of children.
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