Fairies, their origin and essence

Fairies are fantastic and ethereal creatures. They are depicted like beautiful women, glowing, with wings (but not in all cultures fairies have wings), and sometimes carrying a wand that emits sparks. And always in the deep forests.

Their origin is mainly based on Celtic legends. But the belief in the existence of fantastic creatures from the woods maybe is as ancient like the world.

In the Middle Ages, it wasn't estrange to see fairies depicted in coat of arms, and some aristocrats said that they came from a fairy lineage.

It was said that fairies took advantage of their beauty to have relationships with knights, and this way create a intermediate race between humans and fairies. In the Middle Ages, when someone saw a pale and weak child, it was said that was a fairy child.

According to the ancient lore, fairies approached the baby's cribs to give them blessings or curses, depending on the good or bad nature of the fairy. The bad fairies ended being called witches.

There are several theories about the origin of fairies. One of them is that they are angels that were unable to go back to the Heavens. So they stayed in the forests to protect God's creation. It explains why they were protectors of nature. It was said that sometimes they punished women for causing damage to nature, and they turned them into fairies too. And the only moment they might be set free was in Saint John's night.

The saying was that only the noblest and gold hearted can see fairies.
It is also said that they live in a parallel world and that they can intercede in the life of humans.

Amongst the most popular legends there is the one which tells that King Arthur was healed by the four most powerful fairies from Avalon (a mythical isle inhabited by fairies).

The belief in fairies was the origin of the so called "fairy tales". They reached their highest splendor in 17Th and 18Th centuries. The greatest writers of this genre were Charles Perrault ("Sleeping Beauty"), the Grimm Brothers ("Snow White", "Cinderella"), Madame Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont ("Beauty and the Beast"), and Hans Christian Andersen ("The Little Mermaid", "The Snow Queen").

Without doubt, who best depicts the world of fairies is Josephine Wall.

And you? Do you believe in fairies? ...

-Emma Alvarez-

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jOolian said...

mmmmm .... he essence of fairies...
i think i've seen a few flutter about my front porch... *i got a Fairie Trap set-up, southern-style, try & gather me a few of these lil'thangs and bring'em inside for a'muse....ha ~julian

Emma Alvarez said...

So you saw a pair in the porch... hehe. Please make them a pic next time!!!

Aayush said...

I used to be fascinated of fairies as a child..cute lil angels..

Emma Alvarez said...

Yes Aayush, really beautiful creatures of tale.

LilyLyn said...

You are a wonderful artist and the details are amazing. So glad to have you share them.. Lynn M. Kane

Tomas said...

You make the Fairies look like ABC. The post is very informative. We can watch the fine video there too. Thank you.
What's interesting, while the article moves the fairies to the past (makes an overview of what remains alive till now), the picture revives them literally. The post reflects the world attitude on the fairy-stories, that is good to know for the better understanding of ourselves...

While discovering myself in the eyes of passersby, I have made lots of friends already, and the common words have thus became the art colors that portray our fellowship with the light. It makes everything so clear that I became even ashamed for my weak English now. Therefore I am doubly grateful to emmaalvarez for "Fairies, their origin and essence" that is written in the perfect English according to my understanding.
Good post

Emma Alvarez said...

Thanks Tomas I'm glad that you liked it. I'm sure that you would like some articles of this same genre. Have a look to Myth&Fantasy.

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