The Fairy Faith in Celtic Cultures
The most scholarly work on fairies ever published.
This rare book contains priceless ethnographic fieldwork and provides and invaluable snapshot of the fairy belief system taken at the cusp of medernity. There are regional surveys of the fairy faith in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
Examining each of the hypothetical explanations of the fairy phenomena in turn, including theories of fairies as reclusive dwarfs, disembodied spirits, or figments of human imagination, the author conclues that they may indeed be a manifestation of inhabitants of a higher reality that only some people are able to view, let alone understand.
Walter yeeling Evans - Wentz was born in New Jersey in 1878. He studied Celtic mythology and folklore at Jesus College, Oxford, publishing much of his doctoral thesis as The Faity Faith in Celtic Countries. He went on to become one of the leading authorities pn Tibetal Buddhism.
This book was later used for reference by J. R. R. Tolkein. Cover illustration Richard Doyle (1824-1883).