Fairyland Etheric Postal Services
by Eric Whollem
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Faery Hills in Folklore
The lore of fairies in Ireland concerns the Fir Sidhe and the
Bean Sidhe, the gods and goddesses of the land. These originally
were not considered to be 'wee folk' at all, but to be beings seen
the size of humankind.
Their homes were said to be in lakes or in hills. The hills of the
Sidhe (pronounced 'Shee') were called 'raths' in the old language.
The concept of the 'wee people' originated with Shakespeare, who
with his Midsummer Night's Dream highly engaged the popular
imagination of the Britons.
Fairy Hills were also considered to have oceanic locations, rising
from time to time as islands from the bottom of the sea.
According to folklore 'The Cauldrons of the Sciences of Gwion'
accounts for reincarnation theory among the Celts. The lore of
the cauldrons of the Sidhe is interpreted in terms of the womb
symbolism of the ancient Goddess traditions. The cauldrons of the
Sidhe are the wombs of rebirth, said in one account to be ruled by
nine mermaid goddesses off the coast of Galway. Such mermaids
are known as the 'Selkies' of legend.
For a good account of the Goddess see:
And for another account of fairy hills read:
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