Pot of gold

Is there really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?



Every time I see one I wonder. I imagine a little leprechaun sliding down the rainbow looking me in the eye laughing as he falls into his pot of gold. ''you'll never find me! muuuhahaha!''

Never until now, I asked myself, has anyone ever seen a rainbow touch the ground?

 Curse of the gold hunters

It's a folktale started by the Irish. They say a pot of gold is left by leprechaun fairies at the end of the rainbow, and it is guarded by a few of them. The little green man carrying a four leaf clover we all know from comic books and cartoons. It is said the Leprechaun originates from two old irish tribes. One tribe named ''lú" wich means smaller and the other tribe named ''chorp'' wich comes from ''corpus'' meaning body. Smaller body.

Another possible meaning is “leath bhrogan” which means shoe-maker. The leprechauns would make shoes for different faerie communities. They were known for their naughty ways. And if someone would be able to catch a leprechaun, the little green figure would tell the person he would show him the way to his pot of gold. But then somewhere along the way he would trick them and disappear. 



Some say it was used by poor people in Ireland to get rid of their children. They would tell their children there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The children would go look for it and get lost. So the parents had less mouths to feed. Sounds pretty cruel and unlikely don't you think?

 The tale is mostly used as a metaphor. It teaches us that no matter what happens to you in life, no matter how hard you will have to work, as long as you keep faith rewards will come. And the harder you have to work, the greater the reward will be. Even if it seems impossible to reach your goal, if you really want it, you can get to the ''end of the rainbow'' and find your pot of gold.

 In the dictionary you can find the pot of gold as following: ''the realization of all one's hopes and dreams; ultimate success, fulfillment, or happiness: to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.''


Fact or photoshop?

Back to the rainbow. If you look up 'rainbow' on wikipedia here's what u get: A rainbow is an optical and metereological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicolored arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. 

 Most people say the end of the rainbow is impossible to reach, because the rainbow is an optical effect which depends on the location of the viewer. If you would walk towards the end of a rainbow, it will appear to be moving further away. So if two people in different locations will speak with each other. They will both say that the rainbow was at a different location. 

This is supported by irish scientists who know a lot about prism (optics). They say ''you are more likely to find a pot of gold, then the end of a rainbow.''

Others though, claim to have seen a rainbow touch the ground. They provide a photo with they're daring statement. What do you think? Real or photoshopped? I'll let you be the judge.

Fact or photoshop?Credit: Jason erdkamp


Will I ever be lucky enough to see the end of a rainbow? I don't know. Until then, i'll just use the metaphor.