Living in the West of Ireland, I have come to accept the fact that I share this land with those who inhabit the Otherworld…
The DAOINE SIDHE FAEIRE were credited with building the ancient Megaliths of Ireland. These structures are still seen as gateways to land of Faerie.
It was widely held that fairies inhabited the thousands of ring forts scattered throughout the country, and the wrath of the fairy people would be incurred if those fairy fort remains were disturbed.
Countless tales exist throughout the country of people suffering illness, misfortune or even death if they interfered with these forts.
Building along fairy paths or disturbing the hawthorn or fairy bush also carried a heavy price, according to ancient lore.
The Sidhe are generally peaceful until angered by some foolish action of a mortal. Many trees and mounds are considered under their protection and if a mortal destroys or damages these, then a curse is put upon him and his family. In some parts of the countryside, people would not build their houses on certain areas of land because of the type of disturbances which would follow.
The Sidhe have distinct tribes, each ruled over by its own King and Queen. It would seem that the social order of The Sidhe corresponds to the old aristocracy of ancient Irish families, which is in itself a reflection of the ancient Celtic caste system. Many Irish refer to The Sidhe as simply ‘The Gentry’, on account of their tall, noble appearance and silvery sweet speech. They have their own palaces where they feast and play music.
Whenever a host of the Sidhe appears in our world, there is a strange sound like the humming of thousands of bees, also a whirlwind or ‘shee-gaoithe’.
These are haunting images indeed…the magic is quite tangible even from these little vignettes I have filmed, I’m sure you will agree!
I have made an extensive study of the Sidhe, as we rightly call the Faeries in Ireland, and continue to explore and record the realm known as the Otherworld. To this I have added a book of some of my research and writing, “Walking Between Worlds”.
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