FULLA on its own seems to have been an early term for a vagrant, for it is explained as a person ‘who travels from place to place’ (bis for sibal a hinad d'inad). What is, presumably, the same word turns up in a puzzling phrase, DLAÍ FULLA. The first word here means ‘a wisp’ or ‘a tuft’, and according to various medieval texts, a person on whom the DLAÍ FULLA is put becomes mad or restless. That some kind of supernatural ritual was involved is suggested by the fact that Núadu Fullón, a ‘druí’ (druid), is said to have been the first person ever to administer the DLAÍ FULLA.
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