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Re: The survival of fairy faith in folklore

Postby Edge Guerrero » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:07 pm

- Are fairy as prevalent in other cultures like dragons and mermaids are?
I don't remember fairies on Japanese or Chinese culture!
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Postby Luigi » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:13 pm

Edge Guerrero wrote:- Are fairy as prevalent in other cultures like dragons and mermaids are?
I don't remember fairies on Japanese or Chinese culture!

The small winged fairies seem to be only Western, but they were a development of the Victorian era, before that they were essentially ancestor nature spirits, which probably exists/existed to some extent in every traditional religion.
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Postby Luigi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:03 am

Interesting that coal burners left offerings "in a special place" for the hulder spirits, its stuff like this that makes the ancient origins transparent:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulder

The Icelandic variant interesting says "they are also called elves" and they "dislike churches, crosses and electricity."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulduf%C3%B3lk

Its interesting how because this is a living tradition/faith, it is everchanging.
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Postby Masato » Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:21 pm

fascinating stuff, Luigi

After a point, when the same stories keep appearing all over the world with striking similarities, it really does get one wondering how it could all just be imaginary/not based on something 'real'.

Has the scientific revolution blinded us from this stuff??

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Postby Luigi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Masato wrote:fascinating stuff, Luigi

After a point, when the same stories keep appearing all over the world with striking similarities, it really does get one wondering how it could all just be imaginary/not based on something 'real'.

Has the scientific revolution blinded us from this stuff??

I cant say if its "real" or not, but what I do know is that belief in things like this, spirits, gods, etc is a very natural human practice, we all do it or did it, everywhere on earth. I think its spiritually healthy to entertain the idea of these things, even if you will never 100% believe them.
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Postby SRBrant » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:31 pm

There are DEFINITELY faeries in Japanese culture: Yokai. If you want evidence of just how deep they've influenced culture, then check out Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch and the one that kept the legends alive in the first place: GeGeGe No Kitaro.

An excellent example of Yokai is quite the obvious one: Kitsune. The angels of Inari.

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Postby Edge Guerrero » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:27 pm

SRBrant wrote:There are DEFINITELY faeries in Japanese culture: Yokai. If you want evidence of just how deep they've influenced culture, then check out Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch and the one that kept the legends alive in the first place: GeGeGe No Kitaro.

An excellent example of Yokai is quite the obvious one: Kitsune. The angels of Inari.


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Postby Luigi » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:32 am

A prolific and respected writer on the topic, with bibliography:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Lecouteux
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