Walter Evans-Wentz

Walter Evans-Wentz
Walter Evans-Wentz

Books Reviewed

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries (1911)

Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (February 2, 1878 – July 17, 1965) was an American anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism, and in transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world, most known for publishing an early English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1927. Today, Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa (1928), Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines (1935), The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (1967).

Pixies, elves, dwarfs, leprechauns, and the other enchanted little people: where do they come from? Folklorists consider them the byproducts of ancient religious beliefs, occultists term them nature spirits, and the peasantry call them fallen angels—creatures neither good enough for redemption nor bad enough to be forever lost.

This collection of reports of elfin creatures in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany ranks among the most scholarly works ever published on the subject.

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries begins with the author’s collection of firsthand testimony from living sources, classified by individual country and introduced by leading authorities on anthropology and folklore.

The next section concerns the recorded traditions of Celtic literature and mythology, followed by an examination of a variety of theories and their religious aspects. The book concludes with a remarkably rational case for the reality of fairy life.

Narrated with an engaging sense of wonder by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, the first American ever to receive the degree of Doctor of Science in Comparative Religion from Oxford, this volume offers a valuable resource for students of anthropology and Celtic lore, as well as hours of delightful reading for fairy enthusiasts.

—From: Back Cover

Walter Evans-Wentz Traveling
Walter Evans-Wentz Traveling

What the note on the book cover unfortunately forgot to relate is that the book is not only a fantastic, unprecedented and precious resource for anthropologists and lay persons, but also, and I would say primarily for:

  • Parapsychologists
  • Energy Healers
  • Dream Researchers
  • Bioenergy Researchers
  • Theologians
  • Theosophists
  • Shamans
  • Poets

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