Mythical Monday, Fairies or Spirits? the Truth Lies Ahead...✨
Hi all and welcome to Spirit's blog. Today is Monday and as usual I am going to talk about a mythical creature, so let's learn about fairies. Fairies come from early European folklore. Some early Christian cultures believed them to be angels or demons. Early Pagan beliefs held them as deities, while other cultures thought they were the spirits of the deceased. The word fairy from old English and French translates to enchanted, or illusion.
An old Christian belief was that fairies were demoted angels. They believed that a group of angels started a revolt. In turn God closed the gates of Heaven. Those in Hell became demons, those in Heaven remained angels. Those who remained on earth became fairies. Other Christians believed that fairies were angels who did not perform their duties properly. They were still good so there was no Hell for them to reside in, they were too bad to stay in Heaven. Therefore God sentenced them to a immortal life on earth.
Pagans believed that they were minor deities, that were to be worshiped like nymphs and tree spirits. The influence of Christianity caused fairies to go from God-like to magical creatures. This was a major push to convert polytheistic Pagans into monotheistic Christians.
Puritans believed that all fairies were demons in disguise. Anyone caught with an association to fairies was considered a witch and was punished as such.
Ancient Irish tales depicted fairies as the spirits of the dead. Fairies were believed to reside in burial grounds. There were grave consequences believed to come to those who entered "Fairyland" or "Hades". Stories of people whom stared directly at a fairy, would always see a deceased person they once knew.
In Scottish myths, fairies were believed to be an earlier race of people. They are described as primitive and easily defeated. There is even a belief that iron will deter a fairy. Archaeologists found under ground dwellings in caves, on the Orkney islands right off the coast of Scotland. These dwellings were believed to be from the stone age and contained artifacts from a primitive race of humanoid. Many believe that those humanoids were fairies.
Some alchemists believe that fairies were a cross species between angels and humans. Therefore calling them elementals, etherals or spirits of the air. They were believed to have magical powers and some could control natural forces. In these tales fairies protected humans from demons and other dangers.
In conclusion fairies did not have one specific origin. They are the culmination of multiple tales from Ancient European cultures. They have always been associated with magic, immortality, protection, change, curiosity and illusion. Blessed be.
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