A History of Irish Fairies

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In this lovely and informative book, Carolyn White delves into one of the most intriguing aspects of Irish folklore, the seductive world of fairies. Whether you're a true believer or not, it's impossible not to be drawn in by the details of their universe, as White covers everything from the central question of what exactly a fairy is to the various varieties of fairy and more detailed inquiries about what they eat, where they live, and what happens when a fairy and a mortal ...
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Overview

In this lovely and informative book, Carolyn White delves into one of the most intriguing aspects of Irish folklore, the seductive world of fairies. Whether you're a true believer or not, it's impossible not to be drawn in by the details of their universe, as White covers everything from the central question of what exactly a fairy is to the various varieties of fairy and more detailed inquiries about what they eat, where they live, and what happens when a fairy and a mortal fall in love.

Filled with entertaining stories and remarkable details (chapters include "Fairies and the Devil," "Fairy Clothes and Appearance," "Immortality of Fairies," and "How to Provoke a Fairy"), A History of Irish Fairies will delight any reader who has ever been curious about this timeless facet of Irish culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856350099
  • Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn White has a PhD in Comparative Literature and has studied in France and traveled extensively in Europe.

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Table of Contents

I General Fairy Information 11
What Is a Fairy? 13
Fairy Names 14
Fairy Disposition 15
Fairies as Gods 18
Fairies as Fallen Angels 21
Immortality of Fairies 22
Fairies and Christianity 24
Fairies and the Devil 25
Fairy Size, Shape and Number 26
Fairy Occupations 29
Fairy Music 32
Fairy Locations 34
Fairy Palaces 36
The King, the Queen and the Fool 38
Fairy Clothes and Appearance 40
Fairy Food 42
Treasure 44
II Relations Between Mortals and Fairies 47
On Encountering the Fairies 50
Those Who Have Been Spirited Away by Fairies 51
Fairy Intimates 54
The Union of Mortals and Fairies 56
Fairy Sight and Glamour 57
Fairy Darts and Blasts 60
Fairy Aids and Preventions 63
How to Provoke a Fairy 65
Fairy Justice 67
Cows 68
Human Changelings 69
Beautiful Women and Nursing Mothers 72
Musicians 75
Fairy Doctors 77
III The Solitary Fairies 81
The Solitary Fairies 83
Leprechauns and Cluricauns 84
Far Darrig (Red Man) 89
Merrows and Silkies 91
Banshees and Keening 94
The Lianhan Shee 96
Fairy Changelings 98
The Red-Haired Man, the Dark Man, the Grey Man and the Man of Hunger 101
Pooka 102
Dullahan 104
Ghosts 106
Fairy Animals 109
IV Of Time and Place 113
May Eve 115
Midsummer's Eve 117
November Eve 119
Tir-na-n-Og 120
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