Want to Read saving…. I very much enjoyed reading this book, especially since many of the accounts therein are translated from the Gaelic with their colourful colloquialisms intact. It's slow getting started because of all the gratitudes and discussion on the psychology of faith, although I realize those are necessary and due.
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Interesting, but it would have been better if the author wasn't an Edwardian-era Spiritulist in my option. Evans-Wentz concludes that they may indeed be a manifestation of inhabitants of a higher reality that only some of us are able to view, let alone understand. He traveled extensively, spending time in Mexico, Europe, and the Far East.
It's fascinating to think that before Christianity and in fact the early Christians, believed in reincarnation and an inter connectedness. In Wales they are considered the spirits of the dead who can come back at certain times. I think most people these days that right on Faery-Craft often times refer to this book.
The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz
I think more folklorists should look to preserving the oral narrative of the past and fewer should tediously dissect that narrative in terms of metaphorical meanings which are at best conjecture. Evans has preserved a very important part of all our heritage. That the author attempted to be as exact as possible countrues the details given by the people he spoke to makes this feel like a primary resource, even if it is via interview. This book was interesting.
We come away from this study with a multi-dimensional view of the fairies, who, much like the grey aliens of UFO belief, inhabit a narrative which seems too consistent to be the product of insanity, yet too bizarre for conventional explanation.
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Aug 23, Amy Ross rated it it was amazing. What's more, it fails to do so celtoc an overly wordy, pompous and pseudo-scientific way that approaches unreadability; not only does he fail in his major purpose, but he doesn't even manage to be an enjoyable read in the process.
One of my favorite quotes I don't remember where I read it, probably in a book about consciousness or neurology is, "what you see is your brain's best guess about what's out there. In some places they are larger than humans and in others they have are smaller. Picture me walking away muttering about wanting 'verifiable evidence! This was received from the Goodreads site.
Jun 28, SusannaF rated it really liked it Shelves: Lots of references to old old books, and most of the stories are from the early s regarding traditions on how to deal with various forms of the good folk. The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries 4. Oct 17, Willow rated it really liked it.
He had not studied Social Anthropology as I was leaving toalthough he acknowledges "the kindly advice and constant encouragement of Mr. Feb 21, Naomi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I very much enjoyed reading this book, especially since many of the accounts therein are translated from the Gaelic with their colourful colloquialisms intact.
The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz
The I got this book as part of my research for a novel about Faerie. The Irish managed to maintain lots of their old stories and culture due to their relative isolation. I loved the slow pace at which the author is strolling about the countrysides of the UK, talking to individuals about their experiences with "the good people".
When I gained my freedom, I lived in a cabin in Big Sur, where with a copy of Fairy-FaithI awakened to the reality of subtle beings indwelling the immense silence of the redwood forests. An excellently researched book. Jun 12, Victoria Haf rated it really liked it. These were folk who had grown up in the rural areas of the country, and many of them swore to him that they had had personal experience of the "little folk".
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They believe that every living thing had a nu men or life essence. I got partway through the Scottish stories, and realized that this is an interesting reference book - and that I don't necessarily want to actually read a reference book cover to cover.