Do you Believe?

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

The Art Gallery in Lumby is doing a show this month on The Power of Storytelling. This can be of anything, stories from your families and friends passed down, myths, truths, or even made up .

Being from Irish descent, I too heard stories. I heard of the stories of the great famine that killed some of my ancestors. I heard the stories of how Saint Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland, (in reality there never really were any snakes in Ireland, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Hawaii, New Zealand, some colder parts of Canada, and Northern Russia.) Over time so many stories of different things, some I believed some I didn’t.

The stories of the Fairies have always stuck in my head, and yes like a lot of people of Irish descent I do believe in the Fairies. Throughout history Fairies are mentioned in many ways and forms.

They go by many different names and spellings. Fairies can be good or evil depending on what kind they are and how they are treated.

If Fairy is spelled this way, the Fairies are probably good, maybe a little bit mischievous, in a fun way but still good. 

If the word Faerie is spelled this way, then be careful of how you tread, they are evil. They could be a Shee. These Faeries are not good at all. We would hear the stories how the Shee would kidnap young children and make them their slaves, or turn them into their pets.

Fairies of many types have been displayed in books, movies, tv programs, songs etc. they have been around for thousands of years. In Greek mythology the Nymphs, Satyrs and River Gods were considered to be of a Fairy sort. 

The Lady of the Lake, Morgana the great sorceress, often called Morgana Le Fay (Fay meant Fairy) in King Arthur’s legend. Mermaids and Mermen called Merrows are also thought to be a form of Fairy.   

I remember my mom telling us the story of when she was a little girl, still living in Ireland and she went to one of her Aunties’ weddings near the water when she looked around she saw some trooping Fairies dancing to the music. My mom was not afraid knowing that they would not harm her or her Aunties guest, as they had always been welcomed in my Mom’s and her Auntie’s homes. 

Trooping, sometimes called Social Fairies, are like a clan, they live and play together, they love to have a feast, sing and dance. If they are treated with kindness and respect they will be the same towards you, but never cross a Social Fairy as they could become very hostile and mean towards you.

Fairies did not always have wings, nor do they all glow. Some are very tiny, some are as big as a human. They are not Gods, or Goddesses nor are they mortal.

Here are some names of different Fairies good and bad, each description is very long so I will just give you the names.

The Changelings, The Banshee, The Leprechaun, The Pooka or spelled Puca,  The Dullahan, Elves, Gnomes, Brownies, Sprites, The Fool, Goblins, Pixies, Korrigan, Etc.

If I could afford it I would get married in Ireland, see some of my family that still live there that I have never met. Take in all the glory and beauty of the Emerald Isle, and maybe, just maybe the Fairies will come and dance at my wedding.

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