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Yankunian
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(11/22/06 9:05 am)

Jewish fairies?
Anyone know if there's anything like the celtic fairies in jewish folklore? My preliminary investigations have uncovered a lot of golems and dybbuks, but nothing that seems similar to the celtic fairies.

Am hoping someone can point me in the right direction before I have to resort to poring through every collection of jewish folktales I can get my hands on (which in Northern England, isn't likely to be many, unless I want to spend A LOT on amazon.)

Many thankws!

Writerpatrick
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(11/22/06 10:24 am)


Re: Jewish fairies?
Fairies are from Celtic lore, so I suspect there really isn't fairies per say, although angels stories could be considered an equivalent.

AliceCEB
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(11/22/06 11:29 am)

Re: Jewish fairies?
In my understanding of Jewish custom, angels are considered messengers from God. They may do good deeds, but are viewed as an extension of God's will, rather than individuals with their own foibles. The prophet Elijah is more individual--dressing up in various guises to help good folk--but he isn't the equivalent of a fairy. Interestingly, dybbuks are considered extensions of the devil.

I don't think there is an equivalent of fairies, i.e. magical creatures that are not bound by human notions of good and evil who have their own world, in Jewish lore--but then, I don't have full knowledge about the subject. I just have never heard them come up in the context of Jewish stories.

Alice

Veronica Schanoes
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(11/24/06 12:35 pm)

Re: Jewish fairies?
I've recently read Benjamin Trachtenberg's <i>Jewish Magic and Superstition</i>, an excellent book, and there is no mention in it as far as I can recall of beings analogous to fairies.

janeyolen
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(11/24/06 8:55 pm)

Celtic?
Since there are fairy-creatures in Persian lore, and some African lore, etc., I think stating that fairies are "Celtic" is misleading.

Jane

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(11/25/06 3:29 pm)

Re: Celtic?
I think it's a matter of semantics. For instance many cultures, such as African, don't have "fairies" but animal spirits. So I think the original question isn't about "fairies" so much as supernatural beings in Jewish lore. As far as I know, most of it is based upon the Talmud, with God, the devil and angels being the primary supernatural beings. It's also possible to work in Middle-East folklore with it's Djiin but much of that seems to be of non-Jewish origin. But for the most part, it seems the concept of the world doesn't allow for fairies.

I found this article www.pantheon.org/areas/my...icles.html which gives a little more info.

Veronica Schanoes
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(11/25/06 5:49 pm)

Re: Celtic?
And of course, there's a great deal of slippage between what's officially sanctioned by Jewish faith and what actual Jewish peasants practically believed in. Also bear in mind that there is almost always a fluid interchange between Jews and gentiles, so it's not unusual to find gentile folk beliefs and traditions making their way into Jewish customs, and vice versa.

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