Fairy house in the Famine Museum- Strokestown Park, Ireland
Fairies seem to be making a comeback. I suppose they never really disappeared but perhaps once the Tooth Fairy and Freckle Fairy stopped visiting me, they left my radar.
Why talk about them now?
Fairies have everything to do with Halloween. And Halloween is my favorite holy-day. I mean holiday.
In Celtic Ireland, October 31st marks the end of harvest season. The beginning of the darkest and coldest time of year. Plants can't survive. Animals can't survive. Life teeters on the edge of survival.
Passage tomb, Knowth Ireland. Built 5000 years ago...
Life and death. The Living and the Otherworld. The line separating the living from the spirits becomes thin and opens up. October 31st is the day when the spirits can cross into the land of the living- and the living can be pulled into the fairy world.
And you don't want to go there. The fairies aren't as kind as the Tooth Fairy or Freckle Fairy. The fairies are called the sidhe.
On this night, the door to the fairy world opens up. The sidhe can now pass through the Fairy Mounds into the world of the living.
Entrance to the "passage tomb". The use of these deep tombs is unknown but are thought to have hosted rituals honoring the dead. (Sound familiar?)
People were warned to stay away from the Fairy Mounds on the evening of Samhain.
I definitely don't want to get pulled down this passageway!
A peek down one of the Passage Tombs. Our tour led us into one of these Passage Tombs. Reeeallly strange experience.