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Wren

This poor unfortunate bird was for many years hunted and killed although today is respected. The main day for hunting was December 26 (See Mystical WWW Folk Calendar) when the cruel practice was carried out by young boys. The boys would receive money as they paraded the dead birds from house-to-house. The wren was seen as a sacred bird to the early Druids and therefore was the target by Christian believers as Pagan purges were frequent and all-embracing. This unfortunate set of circumstances may also have come about as the feathers were thought to prevent a person from drowning, and because of this the feathers were very popular with sailors traditionally. A traditional French belief tells that children should not touch the nest of a wren or the child will suffer from pimples. In the same way as a robin is revered, if anyone harms the bird then the person will suffer the same fate. Like the swallow the wren is thought to have brought fire to humankind, receiving the red feathers in the process from being burnt whilst trying to stifle the flames.