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(January 16, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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You may love the new fairies you can find online, and perhaps fairies are your favorite magical creature. But unless you like things dark and mysterious, you’d do well to learn a bit more about the true nature of fairies before claiming them as one of your absolute favorite beings.

What is a Fairy?

A fairy is a type of ethereal creature that is part of mythology and legend. Fairies have many names in different cultures including ay, fey, fae, faerie. Together fairies can be called wee folk, good folk, people of peace. Some of these names are a misnomer, or wrong, but we’ll get to that in a second. The fairies we’re most familiar are tiny little females who fly around sprinkling kids with pixie dust – which is especially ironic since only pixies have pixie dust.

But the fairies of cartoons and lunchboxes are not real depictions of fairies. The real fairies on which the legends and tales are based were not good and helpful little creatures. In fact, you would do very well to avoid fairies at all costs – your life might depend on it.

Fairy Lore

The old tales of fairies involve some rather gruesome things. If you anger fairies or just have bad luck, the wee folk will sneak into your home and steal your baby. They will replace him with a changeling which is a creature that appears to be a baby, but is actually a demon or unnatural creature in disguise.

Fairies have also been known to lead travelers astray at night as a prank. But some pranks go too far. Young people suffering from consumption, a type of lung disease, were said to be forced by the fairies to go and dance all night. That exertion and lack of rest was causing the individuals to waste away and eventually die. Animals such as cows that were ridden by fairies would be stricken with disease or become paralyzed.

Protecting Yourself from Fairies

Sure, you may still think that fairies are cute little girls with wings on their back. But if legends from around the globe are to be believed, fairies are not small, they don’t necessarily have wings, and they are most often up to no good. There are things you can do to protect yourself from fairy pranks and malice, however.

Avoid Known Fairy Locations – CS Lewis, author of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe claims there is a home with ghosts and fairies in England. The house is avoided not because of the resident ghost – but because of the fairies. Stay off paths traveled by the fairies and don’t dig in the fairies’ hills. Don’t swim in fairy pools or cut down fairy trees. If you make the fairies mad – you’ll definitely pay the price.

Protect Yourself – Get yourself a lucky charm such as a bell or four leaf clover to help drive the dangerous fairies away. Church bells and running water can help protect you as well. If all else fails, turn your clothes inside out as this can protect you as well. (Although I’m not sure why.)

Live Well – You can offend a fairy by having a dirty home or leaving clothes strewn about. So live well and keep your place clean.

Overpower the Fairy – If you are particularly brave, you can overpower a fairy and force it to do your bidding by learning its name. If you can find out the name of a fairy, you can call it to you and force it to do your bidding. Of course, this is highly insulting to the fairy, so it may not be the best course of action after all.

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United Kingdom
Posted On: January 22, 2008
I Thought Pixies Were The Ones Classified As Evil And Mischevious. Guess Not, Intersting Article!!

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Netherlands, The
Posted On: January 22, 2008
I don't care if fairies are mischeivous or even evil, They're still a lot better than trolls.

I could've sworn to meet one when I was little, and now I'll never return to Norway again. xD
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Posted On: January 22, 2008
very nice!
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New Zealand
Posted On: January 22, 2008
oooh, very interesting. I may be 16 but that hasn't dimmed my belief in faeries and other such... mythical creatures. But that might just be me. Great article.

-- Sarah
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Posted On: January 21, 2008
Neat-o. Man, that is an awesome article. Great comments too!

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Posted On: January 21, 2008
Hmm, it is interesting!

Faires are, indeed, seen everywhere. Even Shakespeare wrote about them, as in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream. The fairies were mischeivous, although they tired to help. They tricked four lovers to turn against each other.....Very good tale, I must say.

Great article!

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Zionsville, IN
Posted On: January 21, 2008
In medieval times people believed children with autism or other similar disorders were the real "changelings". They didn't know how to interact with people and were generally regarded as strange, so why not blame the fairies?

Actually, genetic disorders are behind more of our folklore than you'd think.

People with William's Diesease which is identified in individuals with high cheekbones, full lips and almond-shaped eyes ("elfin" features), and mental r_tardation. They also have an unusually good sense of hearing, are overly-friendly and a love for music. They are now thought to be the inspiration for tales of elves.

Porphyria, which causes dementia, blue coloration of bodily fluids (blood etc.), and an extreme aversion to sunlight (allergic reaction to UV rays) was the cause of tales of vampires and werewolves.

I love to learn this kind of explanation for stories.

No offense meant to the Good Neighbors, obviously. I love them too.

Great Article


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