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Although the tale is set in Wales, similar stories exist in many other places, such as Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and even in North Carolina and the Middle East. At the core of such stories is an explanation for the unpredictability of nature and perhaps unusual familiar circumstances as well. For example, as a small boy I was both frightened and fascinated by a bizarre, weak minded girl who lived not far from our house along with two old bachelor brothers. Her story matched the previous story - she had fallen as a baby from a "fairy wind," which had passed over the house and into a nearby earthen fort when one of the brothers had mentioned the Holy Name. Again, not knowing where she had come from the brothers raised her as their own, and because she had been "gathered up" by the fairies, her mental faculties had been compromised, and she was regarded as being "not right." She was slow and backward in her ways, never attended school, and walked about the roads talking to herself and making strange noises. Her condition was considered to be a sure sign of fairy intervention - "the touch of the fairy." The story concerning her, as I learned much later, covered up some difficult and illegal family circumstances.
When I was old enough to understand I was told that there was once a sister living with the two brothers - she was now in a mental home somewhere - and the girl was hers. The father had been one of her brothers. Living away in such a remote area - their cottage lay at the end of a long lane that led through a bog - and seeing very few other people, relationships had become very heated and intense. Incest had reared its head, and this at the time could not have been talked about - it was a ghastly and shameful sin in our community, after all, and the brothers were fairly respectable men. Therefore, the story about the fairies and the "fairy wind" served as a ready explanation for the girl's existence. It also drew its authority from local tradition and folklore. On the edge of the bog, close to the cottage, stood the earthen walls of a fairy fort (probably some ancient Celtic fort from a previous time) and it was said that the fairies came and went from it invisibly in a swarm at all times of the day and night. They were like flocks of birds rising from and landing in the center of the earthworks. According to the brothers, their comings and goings were "a torment," and who knew what they might be carrying? The old men had found bags of lime, dead animals, cooking implements, and other assorted paraphernalia (even an old chest of drawers at one time), which had been stolen and later dropped along the edges of the bog by the flying host. However, they were much too afraid to go up to the old fort and do anything about this. They simply tolerated their fairy neighbors.
The girl continued to live with the brothers for some years, and in that time she wandered in the bog, calling strangely in what the brothers said was "the fairy tongue." She was only removed when one of the old men killed himself and the other was blinded by drinking "bad poteen" (illegal spirits), and the girl, left behind, was taken into care. However, the story that she had been taken by the fairies and deposited with the two old men was still persistent in the countryside for many years afterward. The earthen fort from which they supposedly arose each night was still avoided by local people.
Originally posted by virraszto
reply to post by AreaJerm
I agree. I also think it is in bad taste for almost an exact duplicate thread from the OP is on BTS and it is a thread with nothing but ridicule and mockery toward the OP. If people don't believe the OP, fine, but why is there a need to ridicule him and why is it allowed????
Im not laughing (see my post about the armless lady..she was one of the fortunate ones..In the past and to some extent today these poor folks with often mental disorders were hidden away..thinking they brought shame on the family .Mans inhumanity to man ..
Originally posted by gwynnhwyfar
reply to post by deanGI5
(Regarding author's name) Oh man... I wish I was so clever as you are giving me credit for, but my post is actually legit and both the author and the book I quoted are real, so google away.
Sorry to spoil the fun, but I was serious. I don't think I am alone in the thought that such things can happen. People can be maltreated, and have mental issues, and be left mostly on their own. I think it happened more in the past, but I think it still happens, and remote locations are a more likely place for it to happen.
I've been a member for several years now, feel free to look up my history, too.
edit on 7-0720117-1111 by gwynnhwyfar because: To clarify my comment, since others threw it out of place and it was not clear where it was directed.edit on 7-0720117-1111 by gwynnhwyfar because: Edited again to clarify further that my post is not in jest.edit on 7-0720117-1111 by gwynnhwyfar because: Spelling