In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland
Longtime friend of the Irish Fireside, Christy Jackson Nicholas has just published a new book for those who feel drawn to the more “enchanted” side of the Emerald Isle. “Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland” focuses on the appeal of legends and folklore combined with history and practical information.
“Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the Emerald Isle? Would you like to see places beyond the typical tourist traps? Come, join me on a journey through the mists of legend, into the hidden places of mystery. Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions. Along with the tales and history, there is practical information on planning your trip, budgeting your costs, and finding the best places to while away the magical hours of your holiday.”
Here’s an excerpt:
“The Magical Facet – The Fair Folk
Everyone has heard of fairies, of creatures with supernatural powers to curse, to bless, to find gold, or to cause mischief. Literature and art is full of them – from Shakespeare to contemporary artists Amy Brown or Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. Western culture, especially in the US, is bred on Disney’s Tinker Bell, children’s books of flower fairies from Victorian artists, and grim tales of the darker side of these Fae folk.
In Ireland, fairies, known as the Sídhe (pronounced shee) or the Good Folk, originate from the Tuatha Dé Danann, the people who immigrated to the island before the Sons of Míl. Supposedly full of powers, the Tuatha Dé Danann could not bear to be near iron, and therefore their superior skills were for naught. Rather than leave the land they loved, they agreed to reside below the earth. For this reason, caves are said to be entrances into their underworld homes. Traces of this legend can be seen in the classic film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, where Darby is led under a mountain to the Fairy King’s palace. Ireland has countless portals, be they hills, hawthorn trees, caves, wells, or other sacred places.
A more Christianized origin of these creatures claim they are angels which fell to Earth before humans resided there. They live beneath the waves or gardens, and while some are evil, others can be helpful – as long as they are treated with respect.
While many modern legends show the fairies to be sweet, kind, magical creatures, this is really a Victorian creation. The traditional views in Ireland and Scotland show the Sídhe to be mischievous to the point of cruelty –a force to be reckoned with. They are not sought out by the wise. In fact, most of the herb and spell lore of an almost forgotten era is meant to instruct how to keep you from coming to the Folks’ attention”
She may be a mild-mannered accountant during the day, when Christy escapes the humdrum daily life her mind runs wild with creating art, writing, and taking photographs. She has filled the eBook with her own photographs from the mystical island of Ireland.
Leave a comment on her webpage (www.GreenDragonArtist.com) and you can learn more about how to win Amazon and Barnes & Noble gift cards. She also features photographs from Ireland, as well as from Scotland, England, Canada, and the US. In addition, she has digital paintings with mythological themes, and jewelry she creates with seed beads.
- The book at Tirgearr Publishing link: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Nicholas_Christy/ireland-guide.htm
- Amazon Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DFPBFGU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DFPBFGU&linkCode=as2&tag=tirgeapubli09-20