The Cù-Sìth is a mythical creature from Scottish folklore, specifically in Celtic mythology. The name “Cù-Sìth” is Gaelic, where “Cù” means dog and “Sìth” is often translated as fairy or supernatural being. The creature is often described as a large, spectral dog with shaggy fur, usually green in color.

Illustration of Cù-Sìth, a massive green hound

Physical characteristics

Size: The Cù-Sìth is often depicted as being larger than a normal dog, with some accounts describing it as being about the size of a young calf.

Fur: The creature is said to have shaggy fur, and its most distinctive characteristic is that the fur is often described as being green. However, there are variations in the color mentioned in different accounts, and other colors like dark gray or black are also associated with the Cù-Sìth.

Eyes: The eyes of the Cù-Sìth are sometimes emphasized as glowing or having a supernatural quality.


While the exact origin of the Cù-Sìth legend is difficult to pinpoint, it has become an integral part of Scottish folklore, adding to the mystique and enchantment of the region’s mythical traditions.

Cù-Sìth, a spectral presence on the highland moors, a guardian of secrets

powers and abilities

Howling as a Harbinger of Death: One of the most well-known attributes of the Cù-Sìth is its mournful and eerie howl. It is believed that the creature’s howling serves as a warning or omen, signaling an impending death. Hearing the Cù-Sìth’s howl was thought to indicate that someone in the vicinity would soon pass away.

Soul-Stealing: In some legends, the Cù-Sìth is said to have the ability to steal the souls of the deceased. It was believed that the creature would visit homes where someone was about to die and, through its supernatural powers, claim the soul of the departing individual.

Connection to the Otherworld: The Cù-Sìth is often associated with the fairy realm or the Otherworld in Celtic mythology.

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