Scottish Fairy Belief: A History

Scottish Fairy Belief A History Throughout Scottish history many people believed in fairies They were a part of everyday life as real to people as the sunrise and as incontrovertible as the existence of God While fairy belief was

  • Title: Scottish Fairy Belief: A History
  • Author: Lizanne Henderson Edward J. Cowan
  • ISBN: 9781862321908
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • Throughout Scottish history, many people believed in fairies They were a part of everyday life, as real to people as the sunrise, and as incontrovertible as the existence of God While fairy belief was only a fragment of a much larger complex, the implications of studying this belief tradition are potentially vast, revealing some understanding of the worldview of the peopThroughout Scottish history, many people believed in fairies They were a part of everyday life, as real to people as the sunrise, and as incontrovertible as the existence of God While fairy belief was only a fragment of a much larger complex, the implications of studying this belief tradition are potentially vast, revealing some understanding of the worldview of the people of past centuries This book, the first modern study of the subject, examines the history and nature of fairy belief, the major themes and motifs, the demonising attack upon the tradition, and the attempted reinstatement of the reality of fairies at the end of the seventeenth century, as well as their place in ballads and in Scottish literature.

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    1. As an archaeologist and a believer that a good scientist never discounts persistently reported anomalous phenomena, the statement that [paraphrased] "we have more evidence for the activities of the fairies than we do for the Picts" makes me grin my fool head off.Unfortunately, as an academic text you'll only be able to get hold of this from libraries or at great expense, but it is well worth the reading - any serious working text that introduces itself cautiously with [paraphrase] "We're not enc [...]

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