The Good People: New Fairylore Essays

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Peter Narv ez
University Press of Kentucky, 1997 - Social Science - 530 pages
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" Whether called "the good people," "the little people," or simply "them," fairies are familiar from their appearances in Shakespeare's plays, Disney's films, and points in between. In many cultures, however, fairies are not just the stuff of distant legend or literature: they are real creatures with supernatural powers. The Good People presents nineteen essays that focus on the actual fairies of folklore -- fairies of past and living traditions who affected, and still affect, people's lives in myriad ways.

  

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Contents

Regional Fairylore
3
FrenchNewfoundland Culture Discourse and Belief
5
Fairylore from the Midlands of Ireland
22
Fairies and the Supernatural on Reachrai
47
Fairylore in the Scottish Highlands 16901990
94
The Identity of the Good Neighbors in Orkney and Shetland
116
Ballads of Otherworld Beings
142
Memorates and Legends from Welsh Oral Tradition
155
The Fairy Changeling as a Folk Articulation of Failure to Thrive in Infants and Children
251
The Blast in Newfoundland Fairy Tradition
284
The Social Functions of Fairylore
299
Supernatural Aggression and Deviance Among the Irish Peasantry
302
Maintaining Spatial Temporal and Moral Boundaries Through Legendry
336
Fairylore and Popular Culture
369
The End of a Legend
371
Perspectives on Money and Magic
406

Fairy Belief and Religion
197
The Fairy Belief and Official Religion in Ireland
199
Christianity and Fairylore in Connection with the Unclean Woman and the Unchristened Child
215
Physical Disorders Changelings and the Blast
225
Changelings Hybrids and the Solitary Fairy
227
The Tooth Fairy in North American Folklore and Popular Culture
426
Semantics and Epistemology
455
Making Meaning Out of Thin Air
457
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