Fairies Folklore

Are Fairies Real? Origins and Evidence that Fairies Exist

Many people want to know: are fairies real? Fairies have been a central figure of legends for hundreds of years. Today we know fairies mostly by what we see on the TV or in books, but once our ancestors believed fairies were considered part of daily life. Think about it like this – legends might seem elaborate and fantastical, but they stem from some truth. Whether the truth has been diluted or transformed over the years, there is some truth to the belief in fairies. Let’s explore potential evidence of fairy existence together.

What Are Fairies? Fallen Gods?

Perhaps the answer to our questions about fairies lie in their origins. In Ireland, some say the fairies are fallen gods known as the Tuatha de Danann. The name translates to “people of Danu, the Mother Goddess”. These Ancient gods and goddesses were said to live underground in a separate realm. This belief corresponds with the idea that fairies enter and exit our world through hills called fairy mounds. The Church demonized the old gods and goddesses by turning them into less-powerful spirits. The common-folk’s fairy traditions were outlawed by the Church. Are fairies real? I say they are as real as the gods.

Are They Nature Spirits or Lost Souls?

Another possibility is that fairies are simply nature spirits. The French folklorist Claude Lecouteux theorizes that fairies are guardians of natural places like rivers, trees, mountains, hills, and more. They are the spirits of place that sometimes manifest in physical form like pixies, dragons, mermaids, gnomes, dwarves, and elves. If you believe everything in nature has consciousness, then this theory aligns quite well.

A Medieval oral tradition maintains that fairies are the souls of lost pagans who died before the word of Christ could reach them. To expand or change this idea slightly, others said fairies are the souls of unbaptized children trapped between this world and the next. Not bad enough to go to Hell, yet not good enough to go to Heaven. Caught in some kind of purgatory.

So now that we’ve examined the fairies’ origins, are fairies real in your eyes?

People being caught in a fairy ring. Are fairies real?

Are fairies real if our ancestors believed? An old drawing of two people getting caught up in a fairy ring.

Ancestral Beliefs in Fairies

If you weren’t convinced about the existence of fairies by simply explaining their origins, we will discuss our ancestors’ beliefs in fairies further. In Ireland, belief in fairies was so widespread, that as recent as the early nineteen-hundreds, a man killed his wife because he thought she was stolen and then replaced by a fairy. This is part of the “changeling” legend.

The Irish people placed pails of cream, milk, or butter on their steps to appease the fay on certain nights of the year. Farmers left the first or last-harvested crop in the fields for the fairies to avert their tricks or hexes. Some of these traditions survive today.

In Scotland, the belief in a house-fairy known as the brownie is still prominent. Brownies were small, stout creatures lived in the home and helped with chores while everyone was asleep. They were helpful, benevolent fairies with a close connection to the rooster. Some say brownies could shapeshift into the form of the rooster. He would crow at dawn to announce his work was done. OR the rooster crowed to alert the brownie it was time for him to go to sleep and the people of the house to wake up. Other fairy creatures in Scotland and England include selkies, spriggans, pixies, Jenny Greenteeth, kelpies, dryads, and more.

If you look closely at the mythology and folklore of cultures all around the world, you will find dozens of stories. From Asia to Europe, Africa to the Americas, the belief in fairies was present for centuries. How can every culture have a belief in fairies, even when these people had no contact with one another? Is there truth in the legends that can answer the question “are fairies real”?

Are fairies real if they left behind evidence?

The Broighter Gold Boat

Physical Evidence of Fairies

To truly answer the question “are fairies real”, we need physical evidence. This is how science proves theories. Recently, the Smithsonian Magazine released an article about a small, human-like skeleton discovered in Chile. People said it was an alien’s skeleton, others said it was a hoax. The scientists who examined DNA of the tiny skeleton decided it was a human child with genetic disorders and deformities. But no one proposed the theory of the tiny humanoid creature being a fairy. If we ever needed physical proof of fairies’ existence, the proof is in this skeleton. The skeleton is too small to be human, even with extreme genetic disorders and deformities (in my opinion).

The Broighter Gold Boat was an archaeological discovery made in Ireland in the eighteen-hundreds. This tiny gold boat measures to approximately seven by four inches. The detail of the boat is incredible, down to its miniature oars. Yes, this could have been a votive offering to the Celtic gods in ancient times, as theorized by scholars. I believe it’s a vessel that carried fairies over water. The size is perfect and fits perfectly into our tales of the fay. What do you think? Are fairies real? Have you seen a fairy?

Are Fairies Real? Origins and Evidence

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20 Comments

  1. Rebecca Jean Brown

    October 26, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Ummm they are very real I actually have a picture of one flying from the bush in front of my house. We have security cameras around our home and I started looking back at the film footage you’d be very surprised what you can find. She’s very very tiny but you can tell what she is she also has a tiny crown on the top of her head. So just because you don’t see something it doesn’t mean they don’t exist there are lots of things around us all the time and we don’t see them but they show up in pictures. I’m pretty sure our eye site has been altered or we’re just incapable of seeing them. Maybe our minds have been programmed that they don’t exist, which shuts off our site? I’m not sure but they are all around us just open your mind to the possibility.

  2. anonymous

    October 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    To everyone who came here to comment and say fairies are not real:
    don’t call something false without evidence.
    This article just had PROOF of fairies’ existence, so you have literally just been proven on if you actually have reasons!
    don’t be rude. HOW WOULD YOU KNOW, HUH?

  3. Julie

    August 9, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    I believe in then when I was a child I went into the garden digging for one

  4. Anonymous

    May 26, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    They do exist. I have seen them.

    1. Anonymous

      August 6, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Tell me more why and how they exist.

    2. Anonymous

      October 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

      I saw one and pointed it out to my husband, who saw it , too.

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  6. Anonymous

    May 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    They do exist as long as you hold them in your heart.

    1. Tina

      July 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      I just had an enter with 2 inch green fairy my granddaughter was swatting at… only to find they had built a fairy ring around her playhouse … I told her and the fairy that she sorry to swat at her. I scolded my granddaughter. Only 19 months. What an eventful morning! 😛

      1. Michael

        September 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm

        I don’t believe me and my sister don’t believe in fairies

        1. furns and moss

          October 5, 2021 at 4:18 am

          um actually i kinda half yes and half no so idk

      2. Allison Williams

        April 22, 2021 at 3:45 am

        Did that really happen?

    2. Anonymous

      October 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Yes that’s true

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    1. Georgia

      October 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      How big are fairies like the average size?

      1. Allison

        April 22, 2021 at 3:48 am

        I thank fairy’s are the size of a human head.

      2. Anonymous

        October 22, 2021 at 11:48 am

        The one I saw was about the size of a dragonfly– around 2 inches long.

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