Clarissa Johal: #Paranormal Wednesday-Origins of the Fae

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#Paranormal Wednesday-Origins of the Fae

Legends of faeries date back to the beginning of time and are prevalent in many cultures. In European folklore, they are described as mythical beings or supernatural spirits. Typically, they are depicted as humanoids of small stature, sometimes winged; but some accounts describe them as tall, radiant and angelic beings, or even short, wizened trolls. As far as European folklore, there are many theories as to their origin.

Theory One:

Faeries were originally worshiped as minor goddesses, such as nymphs or tree spirits. In alchemy they were regarded as elementals.  With the coming of Christianity, the church decreed them to be evil beings and they were marginalized. 

Theory Two:

Faeries were a folkloric belief concerning the dead. Ghosts and faeries have similar legends; the burial mounds of the Tír na nÓg, the danger of eating food in the Realm of Fae or Hades, and both the dead and faeries living underground.

Theory Three:

Faeries were a class of demoted angels. One story states that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became demons, and those caught in between became faeries.

Theory Four:

Faeries were an intelligent species, distinct from humans and angels.  The Celts describe a race of diminutive people who had been driven into hiding by invading humans. They came to be seen as spirits and believed to still exist in the Otherworld.

Some believe faeries still exist in one form or another--a race of beings, spirits of the dead, or descendants of fallen angels. Others believe they are nothing but folklore and myth. What do you think?


Debi said...

I believe,I believe! I hope this made a faerie stronger!
Religion based on superstition should have been all over
The otherworld belief's, but ....they want top billing!
So who is evil?

Heather R. Holden said...

So fun reading about faerie origins on your blog today! I've always believed faeries exist, 'cause...well...that's just how I am! ;)

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by--glad to know there are some believers out there ;)

Carol Browne said...

I believe they are elementals but there was another theory, at least as far as Britain goes. When the Celts moved here those diminutive people who hid away were really the shy Beaker people who are the only indigenous people of the British Isles. They hid in the forests and became likened to elves/fairies. Really they were scared of the invaders.

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

That's interesting, Carol! There were a couple of more theories I didn't cover too. It's interesting that almost every culture has stories of little people or the like--many different names