The Fairies and Death - Dead But Dreaming

Neil Rushton tries to untangle a complicated subject. Many folktales and anecdotes involving faeries involve some kind of transcendence from consensual reality even if death is not an explicit part of the story. But several traditions suggest that faeries are dead people and that under special circumstances faerieland can be penetrated by the living. There is even a direct correlation between prehistoric burial mounds and faerie folklore. But muddying the waters of the theory that the faeries are the dead is that faeries die, too. And in some accounts of faerie funerals, they turn out to be predictors of the death of those observing them. Just so you know. (PH)

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