Fairies From All Over The World

Here we will discuss Fairies as they relate to different countries and cultures

Literature from all over the world has tales of these fantasy creatures having interactions with humans. These beliefs from both written and oral folklore date way back to ancient times. 

Traces of these fantasy creatures come from many sources:

  • Fae of medieval Western European folklore. 
  • Sanskrit gandharva (semi divine celestial musicians)
  • Nymphs of the Greeks and Homer
  • Jinni of Arabic mythology
  • From Many other folklore characters of the Samoans, Arctic, and other indigenous Americans.

English folklore these wee people are sometimes known as Pixies, Sprites or spirits. They are commonly represented as mischievous imps who delights in flustering young maidens and leading travelers astray.

Much of the folklore from this time revolves around protecting ourselves from malice.  In particular, it  describes how to prevent these creatures from abducting older people or stealing babies and substituting changelings for the babies. Humans, to protect themselves from these fantasy creatures, use such means as cold iron (they don't like iron and will not go near it) or charms made of rowan and herbs, or they totally avoid these fantasy creatures by staying out of locations known to be frequented by these little pixies.

Female Fairies

Fairies by the brook

Female Fairies have a hard time giving birth.  Many children that survive when born are not normal.  The mothers, all of which like beautiful babies, really don't like these babies and refuse to keep them.  They sometimes try to exchange them for human children.  If they do, these children are known as changelings.

Today, the depictions, especially in children's stories, rest largely upon the old folklore tradition. Here they were generally described as serious and sinister. There are some exceptions that include the one that swaps children's teeth for gifts, the Godmother in "Cinderella" and "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs". Folklore about these mystical creatures is particularly prevalent in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.

The Tooth Fairy is a modern example that interacts with us humans.

Is the Tooth Fairy Real?

Ask any child as he wakes up and finds a present under his pillow in exchange for a baby tooth. Click here for more info.

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