Irish: Leprechauns, Lucky Charms and Lots o’ Gold
The story about the pot of gold started with a folktale, which is a story that started in a popular culture about an old man and lady that were struck by poverty and one day, met a leprechaun who promised to grant them 1 wish. He promised to come the next day to grant the wish. The next day, the couple could not choose 1 wish and the leprechaun scolded them for being greedy. However, he felt sorry for the couple and mentioned to the pot of gold which is how the fable was made. (story taken from “Why People Look for a Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.”)
If you were eating Lucky Charms cereal and thought that the green man in front was a leprechaun, you were thinking along the right lines!
End of the rainbow
But you also wonder occasionally wonder whether there is anything more to the rainbow than a green dwarf and a pot of gold. So, how do rainbows impact humans? Finding the end of the rainbow is a fascinating part of the modern day rainbow myths. In fact, in a Mail Online article “Found: The end of the rainbow... but there's no pot of gold,” I found a text about a man called Jason Erdkamp, an amateur photographer stumbling upon the end of a rainbow. In the picture, the rainbow was on the freeway and there was no pot of gold. The article acknowledges that he was definitely lucky to be able to capture the end of the rainbow, much less in a picture.
So why do we chase the rainbow? I developed a connection from the rainbow to the thoughts I had accumulated because scientifically, the rainbow is made up of fragments of light to create the colors. However, humans have been known as, “creatures of light”. I think this is fascinating because maybe when we look at a rainbow, we generally feel cheerful and that is possibly the treasure from the rainbow.