Pagan Portals - Celtic Fairies in North America
finding fairies outside Europe
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This book looks at the question of whether Celtic cultural fairies can be found in North America by exploring folklore across the last four hundred years through today. Stories of belief and personal encounters from Canada, the US, and Mexico show the flexibility of fairy belief and the way that these beings and ideas adapt to new places and times as they are carried along with the people who believe in them. Perfect for anyone who ever wondered if Celtic fairies can be found outside of Europe, what those appearances may be like, and what people have believed and do believe about fairies in diasporic communities. Fairy beliefs survived thousands of years of attempted suppression by religious groups. Celtic Fairies in North America shows that they survived and adapted to emigration, immigration, and the influences of popular culture.
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'Fascinating book full of folklore and fairylore, which shows how the Good Folk became part of the 'Celtic' diaspora in America.' ~ , Kelle BanDea, M.Div and author of 'Modron; Meeting the Celtic Mother Goddess.
Morgan Daimler's Celtic Fairies of North America offers an insightful journey into the transatlantic migration of fairy lore, skillfully challenging the notion that European fairy beliefs had minimal influence in North America. Through meticulous research and engaging narrative, Daimler highlights the die-hard impact of these beliefs, especially within Irish and Scottish diasporas in Canada and the United States. The book maps the journey of these fairy beliefs and their remarkable adaptability, showcasing how they have been integral to North American folklore. While exploring the intersection of folklore, migration, and cultural identity, Daimler presents a mosaic of stories and historical contexts as well as experiences from people today, making it an enlightening read for enthusiasts of folklore and cultural studies. Celtic Fairies of North America is not just a study of mythological beings; it's a testament to the enduring nature of cultural beliefs of fairies and their ability to cross oceans and transform within new landscapes. This work is as much about the resilience and evolution of cultural identity as it is about the enchanting world of fairies. ~ Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch and Mastering Magick
If you want to get your bearings in the wild flurry of information and opinions about Themselves in North America, this book is the resource you’re looking for. Through meticulous research, Daimler organizes and clarifies a huge mass of information, distilling it down for ease of understanding – at least, as much as we’re ever likely to understand the Good People. Daimler offers plenty of historical background as well as present-day anecdotes about fairy encounters that anchor the narrative in the now. The research is thorough, the evidence compelling: Themselves are here! ~ Laura Perry, author of Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism
I love Morgan Daimler's books, with their thorough and reliable research, clearly delivered, which has a habit of challenging cherished but mistaken perceptions. Celtic Fairies in North America is a book I craved without knowing it. Living in Canada but immersed in Irish lore and legend, I sometimes feel bereft of a mythology I can claim as deeply my own: I'm not Irish; I’m not indigenous Canadian. But here I learn about the continuation and evolution in my own land (and the US and Mexico) of the folklore of my ancestors, and about the influences that came to bear on them. Daimler delivers this in a non-judgmental way, just as they let reports of modern experiences of fairies stand on their own merits. I wholeheartedly recommend this short and pithy text. ~ Mael Brigde author of A Brigit of Ireland Devotional
Author Morgan Daimler turns an analytical eye to the question of Celtic fae, or Celtic-influenced fairies, in North America. This delightful book examines the fairies and fae spirits - and common superstitions about them - from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to the Appalachians; and takes a peek at similar spirits in Mexico. Using historical references and contemporary anecdotes, Daimler paints a picture of a diaspora of the fae folk, who traveled with immigrants from Ireland, England or Breton, to become settled and recognized in America. Daimler's book, written in an analytical but comfortable style, brings the story of the Celtic fairies who came to the New World to life. Highly recommended. ~ Miles Batty, author of Teaching Witchcraft
Fairy lore of North America, overlooked by scholars for a while, is re-capturing the public’s interest. In this book Morgan Daimler lifts the curtain and brings into the spotlight the Celtic fairies - their lore, traditions, and their very presence - on the North American continent. The story material gathered here, many of it coming from primary sources, reveals a rich landscape where old and new, native and imported beliefs interact to create the contemporary body of North American fairy lore. Throughout Celtic Fairies in North America, scholarship, personal gnosis, pertinent information and practical suggestions are in perfect balance making this a most valuable asset to scholars and spiritual seekers alike. Morgan argues poignantly about the validity of personal gnosis even when it does not align precisely to the older lore. Throughout the book Morgan makes the case for people trusting themselves in accepting their own fairy experiences as genuine because personal gnosis further shapes fairy lore. Celtic Fairies in North America stands out as bold, thorough, both instructive and encouraging for those who for one reason or another cross paths with the Celtic fairies on this continent. ~ Daniela Simina, author of Pagan Portals - Where Fairies Meet: Parallels between Irish and Romanian Fairy Traditions and A Fairy Path: The Memoir of a Young Fairy Seer in Training