FANTASTIC 13TH – A CHRONICLE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: Hungry Grass

WHAT IS IT?

Hungry grass is not another phrase for marijuana (though it should be) but an old Irish myth where a piece of cursed land causes all who step on the grass to always be hungry.

Some tales state that the hunger can never be satisfied and the person dies of starvation. While other stories say a good burger and a nice beer are that’s needed to cure the infected.

Legends vary as to what caused the ground to be cursed. Either a faerie upset over a lack of tributes from a village cursing the land around the town or a pissed off witch.

ORIGIN


Surprisingly, hungry grass myths never really caught on (compared to unicorns, banshees, leprechauns) so there’s not a lot of research on the stomach-aching plant.

One theory believes that hungry grass stories grew out of the aftermath of the famous Potato Famine of 1840 when thousands died from lack of food.

Although, there is a bit of discourse in the idea that being hungry caused crops to fail. It seems more likely that people would blame an angry fae for destroying crops instead of cursing land.

But since the potatoes didn’t grow, it could be believed that hungry people just kept digging looking for food causing others to think the cursed land made people hungry.

A bit of a stretch but no weirder than other myth origins.

MODERN USE/UNIQUE IDEAS


There’s very little use of this mythical “beast” in today’s media. Honesty, it could be a good “Monster of the Week” episode filler.

Picture it: the hero’s friends are enjoying a walk in the park/relaxing when some members of group go off on they’re own. They stumble through some hungry grass and then spend the remaining hour devouring everything in sight.

Plot moves forward and somehow the cursed grass is defeated – maybe mowing it/setting it on fire/chugging a pint of Guinness.

I vision the episode being funny and silly at first (all-you-can-eat buffets are golden for shenanigans) but maybe also including social commentary on how at least 805 million people in world don’t have access to food regularly.

I’m curious to what you readers think. Any other ideas on how hungry grass can be used?

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