Fairy Folklore and Research
||[Dec. 12th, 2009|07:10 pm]
Dead, Mad, or a Poet: A Journal to F(a)eri(e)|
Are you divinely inspired? Are you mad? Are you a F(a)eri(e)? Do any of those sound like fun? Then this is the journal for you.
Articles are welcome, but this is not another Pagan mag about being Pagan, a witch, or even Feri. Scholarship, we love scholars, they are tasty, but this is not Pagan Studies. We are not trying to appeal to the Academy here, though we do love us some intellectual rigor at times. Send us art, send us poetry, send us moonshine, send us tales. Send us mythic reinventions and dream screeds. Send us strange treasures sent by bottle by your Muse and washed up on the beach of your soul. Send us shamanic ravings and maps into Faerie. Send us spells and rituals only if they have aesthetic merit, or are guaranteed to work.
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Fiction: Any length up to 10,000 words. Microfiction or flash fiction welcome.
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If you are dead, and successfully submit work, we will certainly publish it, as long as it is in the public domain.
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About the Editor:
I am an initiate in the Anderson Feri Tradition. I am also a published writer and hold a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. I do this for fun.
|The Visions of Isobel Gowdie
||[May. 4th, 2007|02:27 pm]
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Thanks to those who commented on the earlier post :) I also thought I'd share information about an upcoming new publication by Emma Wilby that I found on another forum. This book relates to this community as Isobel Gowdie was said to have met the Queen of Elphame and dined with her according to the various trial transcripts. Looks like one worth pre-ordering. We'll have to wait for a hundred years or so before this one ends up over at Google Books ;)
The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Shamanism and Witchcraft in Seventeenth-century Scotland
"Provides the first full-length study of the witch-trial confessions
of Isobel Gowdie.
Explores evidence for the existence of shamanistic visionary
traditions and ecstatic cults in seventeenth-century Scotland, and
examines the relationship between popular demonology and fairy belief
in a European context.
The confessions of Isobel Gowdie are widely recognised as the most
extraordinary on record in Britain. Their descriptive power and vivid
imagery have attracted considerable interest on both academic and
popular levels. Among historians, the confessions are celebrated for
providing a unique insight into the way fairy beliefs and witch
beliefs interacted in the early modern mind; more controversially,
they are also cited as evidence for the existence of shamanistic
visionary traditions, of pre-Christian origin, in Scotland in this
period. On a popular level the confessions of Isobel Gowdie have,
above any other British witch-trial records, influenced the formation
of the ritual traditions of Wicca.
The author's discovery of the original trial records (now
authenticated by the National Archives of Scotland), deemed lost for
nearly 200 years, provides a starting point for an interdisciplinary
look at the confessions and the woman behind them. Using historical,
psychological, comparative religious and anthropological perspectives
this book sets out to separate the voice of Isobel Gowdie from that
of her interrogators, and to determine the experiences and beliefs
which may have generated her confessions. The book explores: How far
did those accused of witchcraft self-consciously practice harmful
magic? Did they really believe themselves to have made a Pact with an
envisioned Devil? Did they ever participate in ecstatic cult rituals?
The author argues that close analysis of Isobel's testimony supports
the view that in seventeenth-century Britain popular spirituality was
shaped by a deep interaction between Christian teachings and
shamanistic visionary traditions, of pre-Christian origin. These
findings confirm the value of witchcraft confessions as unique
windows into the complexities of the early modern religious
This information was taken from the publisher's site.
|Compendium of Germanic/Teutonic Faery Lore?
||[Jul. 19th, 2006|05:18 pm]
I received my copy of Katherine Briggs' The Encyclopedia of Fairies yesterday and have barely been able to put it down - it's such a wealth of information! However, it seems as if her tome is almost exclusively devoted to lore of the British Isles, Ireland, Scotland, etc.
Anyways, I was wondering if there was a comparable volume (in the English language, unfortunately my German is rusty) devoted to Germanic/Teutonic faery lore? I'm not specifically interested in Norse or Scandinavian lore, although I realize there is a great deal of overlap between Norse and continental Germanic cultures.
The editorial reviews of Keightley's Fairy Mythology at Amazon mention that it is "A study and recounting by the noted 19th century British historian of the fairy tales of the world, with particular emphasis on those of Europe" but is it also primarily focused on Britain?
||[Sep. 22nd, 2005|08:23 pm]
I recently checked out Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder. What a beautiful book.. Sorry this isn't very scholarly or mythological, but I think it nicely sums up the wonder instilled by the wee folk and the natural world, which, in the "real" world, I think are one and the same:
[on the subject of listening to nature & wild places]
“The game is to listen, not so much to the full orchestra as to the separate instruments, and to try to locate the players. Perhaps you are drawn, step by step, to a bush from which comes a sweet, high-pitched, endlessly repeated trill. Finally you trace it to a little creature of palest green, with wings as white and insubstantial as moonlight. […]
Most haunting of all is one I call the fairy bell ringer. I have never found him. I’m not sure I want to. His voice—and surely he himself—are so ethereal, so delicate, so otherworldly, that he should remain invisible, as he has through all the nights I have searched for him. It is exactly the sound that should come from a bell held in the hand of the tiniest elf, inexpressibly clear and silvery, so faint, so barely-to-be-heard that you hold your breath as you bend closer to the green glades from which the fairy chiming comes.”
“[I have always loved] the lichens because they have a quality of fairyland—silver rings on a stone, odd little forms like bones or horns or the shell of a sea creature […]”
“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexations or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
OK, perhaps this belongs more in an ecological-type community than a fairy one, but I thought some of you might appreciate these quotations anyway. :)
I'll try to post something a little more intellectually stimulating soon!
|Away for a few days
||[Jul. 7th, 2005|02:05 pm]
Your resident moderatrix is going out of town for a few days to a family reunion, so everyone behave yourselves while I'm gone. It's not like you usually need much in the way of moderating anyway. :-)
I'll be back Sunday night.
|Diane Purkiss, Anyone?
||[Mar. 29th, 2005|09:48 pm]
It's been a while...thought I would throw out another question/item for debate on this lovely community.
At the Bottom of the Garden by Diane Purkiss
Good? Bad? Ugly?
I like the book, myself. I found it filled with interesting bits of information regarding my scary faery interests, among other things.
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