arkan sonney

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ARKAN SONNEY

In Manx folklore, the Arkan sonney (“lucky urchin” or “plentiful little pig”) is a type of fairy animal that takes the form of a white pig or hedgehog that brings good fortune to those who manage to catch it. It was even considered a favourable omen just to have seen the “lucky piggy”. If you caught one you would always find a silver coin in your pocket. In Fairy Tales From the Isle of Man (1951) by Dora Broome, the white pig is described as having red eyes and ears, and though it can alter its size it is not able to change its shape.