Fairies, Fairies Everywhere
- Fairies live practically forever––at least ten times as long as humans, maybe more.
- Fairies are stronger than they look––Hawaiian mythology tells of small spirits called the menehuene who supposedly created amazing stone dams and walls on the island of Kauai, and Arabic myths say fairies known as the jinn built the pyramids.
- · Fairies can foretell the future––“The Sight” (clairvoyance) is natural to them.
- · Fairies can make themselves invisible––you’ll only see a fairy if she wants you to.
Friend or Foe?
- · Scottish brownies assist people with domestic chores, cleaning the house, or plowing the fields after everyone else has gone to bed.
- · Native American spirit animals guard and guide humans.
- · The Incan huacas protect crops and livestock.
- · Irish merrows are known for their gentle and cheerful natures.
- · Goblins roam in packs, terrorizing humans and ruining property.
- · In Hindu mythology, cannibalistic rakshasas eat holy men and cause leprosy.
- · England’s spriggans steal children, rob homes, and damage crops.
- · India’s troublemaking mumiai torment people of the lower castes by attacking them and destroying their belongings and gardens.
- · The Russian rusalki charm human men, then drown them.
- · Japanese tengu herald death and war.
Many legends describe fairies as tricksters who like to tease and torment humans. Irish leprechauns are notorious for playing tricks on people, especially those who want to grab the fairies' gold. Pixie confuse travelers, causing them to veer off track and get lost. Britain's bogles sneak into people's houses and mess things up, make strange noises, and generally annoy the occupants.
How to Win a Fairy’s Favor or Avoid a Fairy’s Curse
- · Build a fairy house for them to live in.
- · Sing and dance, and invite the fairies to join you.
- · Play a flute or ring wind chimes.
- · Respect nature and animals.
- · Support causes that protect nature and wildlife.
- · Plant a garden (no pesticides, please).
- Display iron objects.
- · Sprinkle salt around.
- · Hang up garlic.
- · Hang a rowan branch above your door.
- · Make loud noises.
- · Ring church bells.