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Author Topic: Faerie faith vs Feri? Contemporary Celtic Traditions and Faerie?  (Read 3480 times)
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« Topic Start: March 21, 2009, 12:37:21 am »

I have been reading (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ffcc/index.htm)  The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries in my attempt to get past 101 Pagan readings (I'm trying to read everything I can at Sacred Texts, then I'll move on to specialized modern books) and I am very, very taken with Faeries & specifically Irish Faerie traditions. This is weird to me, as I have really not been interested in Faeries or Irish myth in the past. What I've been reading from these texts, though, really makes me think of my religious understanding in childhood and how I believed that the world, particularly the woods & nature, were imbued with a life of their own, creatures that had their own lives & agendas, and that generally the earth was inhabited with forces & creatures that the adult world didn't acknowledge. I grew up in the lush, beautiful woods of Vermont, and these ideas came to me pretty naturally--I wasnt raised with religion, it was just how I understood the world before I began to realize that it wasn't "normal" to think that way.

Reading this book has brought these memories back to me forcefully--I really hadn't thought about this in a long time. Anyways, I've read a bit about Celtric Reconstruction Pagan traditions, and I've briefly looked at Feri (which seems to not have much to do with Celtic Faerie faith?) and I'm a bit confused. Do contemporary Celtic traditions have much interest in Faeries? From what I've read about Feri, it doesn't necessarily relate to Celtic Faeries--or am I wrong here? I'd love to have a more seasoned member point me in the best direction to find a Pagan sect/practice that is very focused on Faeries. I'm probably not using terms as precisely as I should be here, but I'm pretty new, so any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1: March 21, 2009, 09:22:26 pm »



There was a thread discussing the differences between fairy belief, "Faery Wicca," and Feri, here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=4662.0

You should know that Evans-Wentz, while providing a LOT of good raw data, had many theories about fairy beliefs, etc., that were very much a product of his time, and are absolutely not what folklorists today think.  I actually don't really recommend STARTING with the Sacred Texts material, if you're interested in fairies; to get the most out of those texts, I think you really need some context.  My standard recommendations for fairy lore -- notice that most scholarly literature spells it "fairy"; "faerie"/"fae" etc. has been taken over by the sparkly rainbows crowd -- are Katharine Briggs's Encyclopedia of Fairies and Carole Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples:  Fairies and Victorian Consciousness.  The former is a terrific roundup of the available data on fairies, in an easily searchable format; the latter is absolutely necessary for making sense of those folklore collections on Sacred Texts.  Another good source is Diane Purkiss's At the Bottom of the Garden.
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« Reply #2: March 22, 2009, 11:03:16 am »

There was a thread discussing the differences between fairy belief, "Faery Wicca," and Feri, here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=4662.0


Thanks so much!
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« Reply #3: September 27, 2010, 11:15:37 pm »

From what I've read about Feri, it doesn't necessarily relate to Celtic Faeries--or am I wrong here?

You're correct; it does not. Not necessarily, that is.
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