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by Micha F. Lindemans
"Fairy, elf." In Scottish Gaelic lore, a wantonly mischievous spirit who is particularly intrusive on women in birth pains and reputed to be a thief of newborn infants. It is one of the most common figures in Highland lore. A seventeenth-century clergyman of the Kirk denounced the s'thich for its peculiar, flint-like deadly weapons.

The Scottish Gaelic words "s'thiche" and "s'thichean" refer to the realm of the fairy.

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