Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings around the World: A Study in Comparative Mythology

Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings around the World: A Study in Comparative Mythology

Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings around the World: A Study in Comparative Mythology

Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings around the World: A Study in Comparative Mythology

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Little People, Fairies, Giants, Mermaids, Werewolves and Wild Men. Do we simply regard them all as products of the universal unconscious mind —a mind that stretches between cultures, times and geographic location? On the other hand, do we assign a possibility that they may be based on reality, or at least a reality that co-exists within our own sense of reality?

This question is not a new one by any means. Douglas Hyde, President of the Gaelic League at the turn of the 20th century wrote, “the problem we have to deal with is a startling one… Are these beings of the spirit world real beings, having a veritable existence of their own, or are they only the creation of the imagination of… informants, and the tradition of bygone centuries?… Is not the Mermaid to be found in Greece, and is not the Lorelei as Germanic as the Kelpy is Caledonian. If we grant that all these are creatures of primitive folk-belief, then how they come to be so ceases to be a Celtic problem, it becomes a world problem.”

What we do know is that accounts of “Little People,” Fairies, Wild Men and giants are common among Native American people as they are among the people of Europe, Africa and Asia. Many of their stories and descriptions are for the most part, identical. Why is this? I am afraid that I do not have an answer to this question (only guesses) and can only provide more related folklore, theories and suppositions for consideration. I hope that by the end of this study you will be able to decide for yourself.

1. Hyde, Douglas. “Taking of Evidence in Ireland” in The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries. Mineola: Dover Publications Inc. 2002, pgs 25, 28. A reprint of the 1911 edition published by Henry Frowde, London.

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