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http://fairies.zeluna.net/2016/08/the-fairies-zwerg-of-snow-white.html

Often translated as "Dwarf" Zwerg are some of the most interesting fairies in Eruope, being a mix of Celitc, Germanic, and other ideas.

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Cats were often fairies, especially house fairies in their own right. There were also some which served the Queen of the Fairies or the King of the Forest, working with special humans to achieve the fairies goals... which were usually good - ish.

Read more about fairy cats at http://fairies.zeluna.net/2014/03/fairy-cats-and-cat-fairy-tales.html
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There were often many hundreds, even thousands of fairy courts. In Irish lore, for example, each district had different fairy kings and queens to rule ove them. Thus each land could be said to have it’s own fairy guardians who battled the fairies from other lands in order to protect not only themselves, but the people of their lands.
http://fairies.zeluna.net/2015/10/fairy-wars-part-2.html
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http://fairies.zeluna.net/2013/08/baba-yaga-queen-of-darkness.html

At this time of year it's nice to remember the things that made our ancestors afraid of the dark, starting with Baba Yaga. 

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Fairies and magical creatures found new ways to take advantage of the rapidly changing world of the Victorian Era (Meiji Era in Japan). In France lutins stole and crashed cars, the fairies of Ireland attacked cars on roads, and in Italy fairies teased road construction crews. Most of the stories we have of fairies adjusting to the new world, however, come from Japan. Here Tenuki (dogs which look like raccoons) took human form to get drunk in bars, foxes began pretending to be trains and cars in order to work their mischief, and kami took on new roles to help people adjust to their new lives.

http://fairies.zeluna.net/2015/04/countryside-and-fairies-during-era-of.html

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http://fairies.zeluna.net/2015/09/agricultural-shamanism-and-fairy-realm.html
It is often presumed that shamanism comes from Siberia and the America's and that it didn't exist outside these regions. However, Winkelman (1990) found in his seminal work that nearly every culture has a history of shamanism. Many of these traditions continued in agricultural and pastoral societies. After all the folk religion which forms the basis of shamanism is about building a good relationship with the spirit world, with the fairies. The Sami particularly believed that;

The relationship with nature and its forces is not submissive but active. Humans can, when necessary, influence the powers of nature by giving, offering, sharing, asking, promising, taking care of, showing respect to, or assuming the shapes of animals. Offerings were made to the natural spirits only when necessary: for example, when a spirit was known to be angry because people had broken some rule. One did not ask spirits for help, but for goodwill and patience while one stayed in their area. Every geographical place was considered an entity in which the physical dimension was in balance with the spiritual one. (Delos Initiative)
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