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The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y.…

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries (1911)

by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

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A dense and scholarly account of the beliefs in the supernatural in Celtic language speaking regions of the world. This book is the pinnacle to which other books of a similar theme aspire. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
Fascinating subject, delightfully earnest and academic, but man, is the prose tortured in places. Still, probably the most detailed collection of eyewitness testimony and likely the most serious academic study ever done on fairies. ( )
  erebor | Jan 9, 2016 |
Available to read legally for free at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34853
  EMaree | Feb 11, 2014 |
A good comprehensive study first published in 1911.
  chg1 | Nov 5, 2008 |
Originally published in 1911, it includes many 1st hand and FoaF accounts from older people, recounting common fairy related Celtic customs, experiences and stories from the 1800s and earlier. The 'evidence' is not well organised. The NewPage Publishers edition is also terrible- full of typos such as periods randomly placed in the middle of sentences, "bow" for "how", etc. I only got this edition so I wouldn't feel bad about writing in it, but its far more distracting than expected; I'm surprised a publisher would print something so poorly edited. ( )
1 vote AGangi | Jul 4, 2008 |
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'It remains forever true that the proper study of mankind is man; and even early man is not beneath contempt,especially when he proves to have had within him the makings of a great race, with its highest notions of duty and right, and all else that is noblest in the human soul.
-The Right Hon. Sir John Reys
'There, neither turmoil or silence...
'Though fair in sight of Erin's plains,hardly will they seem so after you have known the Great Plain...
'A wonder of a land the land of which I speak; no youth there grows to old age...
'We behold and are not beheld.'
-The God Midir, in Tochmarc Etaine
THIS BOOK depends chiefly upon the oral and written testimony so freely contributed by its many Celtic authors,-the peasant and the scholar, the priest and the scientist, the poet and the business man, the seer and the non-seer,- and in honour of them I DEDICATE it to TWO OF THEIR BRETHREN IN IRELAND: A.E., whose unwavering loyalty to the fairy-faith has inspired much of what I have herein written, whose friendly guidance in my study of Irish mysticism I most gratefully acknowledge;
and WILLIAM BUTLER YEATES who brought to me at my own alma mater in California the first message from Fairyland, and who afterwards in his own country led me through the haunts of of Fairy Kings and Queens.
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There is probably no other place in Celtic lands more congenial, or more inspiring for the writing down of one's deeper intuitions about the Fairy-Faith, than Carnac, under the shadow of the pagan tumulus and mount of the sacred fire, now dedicated by triumphant Christianity to the Archangel Michael.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806511605, Paperback)

What are fairies, those romantic and sometimes mischievous little people-- pixies, nixies, elves, fauns, brownies, dwarfs, leprechauns, and all the other forms of the daoine sidhe (fairy people)? Are they real? Folklorists say they are fragments of ancient religious beliefs; occultists call them nature spirits; the peasant tradition says they are fallen angels who were not good enough to be saved or bad enough to be lost.

Dr. Evans-Wentz is best known as the author-translator of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead", but his first love was this book, which presents a body of tradition and testimony about an elusive order of life that survives in the natural setting of wild and lonely places. He was not satisfied with merely formal study, but collected first-hand reports of fairies in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany, and faced up to the key questions avoided by other folklorists. Dr. Evans-Wentz, whose journeys led him from the haunts of fairyland to the wilderness of Tibet, opens a path for us to the luminous reality behind the traditions of folklore.

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