History of Faeries – Where Did They Come From?
Faeries have different ways you can spell such as fairy/fairies, fairy/fairies, faerie/faeries, faery/fayries, fayrie/fayries, fae, fayes, etc. All spellings are acceptable! I prefer spelling it faerie and faeries. “Faerie” is a word that has been derived from Gaelic ‘fear shidhe,’ which means “man of the shee.’ Unlike the fairies, faeries are considered to be evil, horrid, and mischievous creatures. These mythical figures are portrayed as spirits that know easy ways of stealing. (Difference Between . Net)” Sometimes people also refer to faeries as ‘nymphs’ which originate from ancient Greek.
Faeries are loosely originated back to mythical beings in Greek mythology. “The Norse versions of the fairies are the wide variety of elves and the dísir that exist in the Teutonic traditions. The Valkyries could also be classified as fairies (Timeless Myths . Com).” Did you also know there were many more versions and different places that have their own versions of fairies/faeries? You can learn more by clicking here! There is also a name for those who believe in faeries called, Faerie Faith which doesn’t conflict with other beliefs! You can learn more about Faerie faith by clicking here.
Even though most claim and usually it is that way, that Faeries are evil in comparison to fairies it doesn’t have to adhere to that rule. Faeries are just more seen as evil; some say they are misunderstood. The difference between a Faerie and a fairy can be argued. Let’s just pretend my version of a Faerie is misunderstood. If you’re wondering about why fairies have elven-like ears maybe clicking here will help you understand more, it’s kind of hard to explain but in reality, you can depict them truly however you want.
The Cottingley Fairies – Photo Proof?
Let’s talk about the “first photo of fairies”, The Cottingley Fairies. These photos were taken circa 1917 and by 1920 they had gained worldwide attention which was pretty big of an accomplishment during that time. Two girls of the name, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith were playing in Elsie’s garden at her Cottingley village home when they decided to take these photographs. Originally people used these photos as “proof of fairies” when in fact later during 1970 they were true, debunked! Below are two of the photos the girls had taken:
I have to give it to these young ladies, they could have fooled me! If I had not known this was debunked and the story behind these photographs I would have eaten up this fairy story that was created with these photos. I would have looked at this and declared them to be real. It’s truly amazing what we can create in photos, like even now in the 21st century we have all these sources and apps to create these photos and know it’s fake but back then not having the technology we have now just amazes me how they could create such a real and unique picture. Click here if you’d like to learn more about these photos.
My Cosplay – Diana the Faerie
I chose to name her Diana because Diana is a Roman name that can translate to Goddess of the woodlands as well as that most common faeires in roman history happen to be water-type faeries. During these photos I was indeed in water, The floral headpiece also can take you back to Roman origins. Plus Diana (pronounced dee-on-uh) just sounds super pretty. So the abilities I have given Diana are that she is to protect the waterways and water wildlife as well as animals who rely on said waterways and water wildlife. She is often misunderstood as many claims she is holding a human skull. You can choose to interpret the rest with your imagination!
My Cosplay – Caitlin the Faerie
I chose Caitlin for this one because not only does my real name fit the part, it is Celtic. The headpiece I’m wearing in these photos is that of Celtic origin. Caitlin translates to “pure”. And I feel so pure looking at these images! Or rather, the images are giving pure-like vibes. Caitlin is the original spelling of Caitlin as well if you all didn’t know. For this faerie I have given her the ability to help wildlife and keep nature in check. She can make nay flower bloom with radiance. She isn’t misunderstood, she is more not understood at all. She has rarely been spotted by human eyes. May the rest of her story be in your imagination.
The Photographer – Crescent Moon Photography
My best friend is a local photographer whose business is Crescent Moon Photography. She has done many photoshoots for me and I’ve listed some of her work for me below. She is so kind and amazing to work with; if you need any photo work done please do consult with Alyssa. Her Facebook page: @cmphotography23 ; Her Instagram: @cmphotography_23! She is LOCAL and works here in Central Kentucky!
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