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The Fairy-faith In Celtic Countries

by Walter Yeeling Evans-wentz

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With a new introduction by Carl McColman, this new edition of the classic study of traditional Celtic spirituality ties ancient Paganism, medieval myth, and traditional Fairy beliefs into a powerful celebration of Celtic wisdom and magic. The author, W. Y. Evans-Wentz, was best known as the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. In the world of Celtic spirituality he made his mark through The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries. This magnificent book is a collection of stories, anecdotes, and legends from all six of the regions where Celtic ways have persisted in the modern world: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. It examines how Fairy spirituality survived in the face of hostility caused by modern science and religion. It celebrates how beliefs (which only a century ago were dismissed as quaint and superstitious) were, in fact, powerful principles of ancient Pagan magic that remained essential features of the Celtic world for generation after generation.

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Wentz, best-known as the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, here presents a body of tradition and testimony about an elusive order that survives in the natural setting of wild and lonely places -- a classic study of the luminous reality of leprechauns, pixies, and other fairy spirits.



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