The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and Actions of the Subterranean (and, for the Most Part) Invisible People, Heretofioir Going under the Name of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies

The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and Actions of the Subterranean (and, for the Most Part) Invisible People, Heretofioir Going under the Name of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies❆ [KINDLE] ✿ The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and Actions of the Subterranean (and, for the Most Part) Invisible People, Heretofioir Going under the Name of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies By Robert Kirk ➟ – Kirk is a magnificent dish to set before any student of either folk lore or folk psychology — Times Literary SupplementIn the late 17th century a Scottish minister went looking for supernatural crea Commonwealth: An eBook ✓ Kirk is a magnificent dish to set before any student of either folk lore or folk The Secret ePUB ✓ psychology — Times Literary SupplementIn the late th century a Scottish minister went looking for supernatural creatures Secret Commonwealth: An eBook ´ of a middle nature betwixt Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of MOBI :¼ man and angel Robert Kirk roamed the Highlands talking to his parishioners Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of MOBI :¼ and other country folk about their encounters with fairies wraiths elves doppelgangers and other agents of the spirit world Magic was a part of everyday life for Kirk and his fellow Highlanders and this remarkable book offers rare glimpses into their enchanted realmLeft in manuscript form upon the author's death in this volume was first published in at the behest of Sir Walter Scott In the distinguished folklorist Andrew Lang re edited the work Lang's introduction to Kirk's extraordinary blend of science religion and superstition is included in this edition For many years The Secret Commonwealth was hard to find — available if at all only in scholarly editions Academicians as well as lovers of myths and legends will prize this authoritative but inexpensive edition. If like me you read this expecting to learn something about the folklore of fairies you will be disappointed The beginning of the book has some of that and it is entertainingThe best reason to read this book is that it is strange and amusing It is written by a clergyman on fairies the second sight and charms; he believes in all of the above His prose reads something like that of the scientists of his time but he writes about what appears to us to be nonsense He is at pains to tell us that having use of the second sight is not witchcraft nor is it diabolical; he ends a passage in which he argus for this uod erat demonstrandum And there are passages like this I presume to say that this sight the second sight can be no uality of the air nor of the eyes Because i such as live in the same air and see all other things as far off and as clearly yet have not the second sight; ii a seer can give another person this sight transiently by putting his hand and foot in the posture he reuires of him; iii the unsullied eyes of infants can naturally perceive no new unaccustomed objects but what appear to other men unless exalted and clarified some way as Balaam's ass for a timeWhich shows the difference between our time and the 17th century pretty well I think Hardcore fantasy readers might find The Secret Commonwealth of Elves Fauns and Fairies by Robert Kirk and Andrew Lang to be interesting reading Lang a nineteenth century folklorist had printed and wrote a long introduction to a seventeenth century manuscript by KirkBoth parts are worth reading if you like the topic The language is old and by our standards the spelling is eccentric but you will see where this little book has had an influence on contemporary fantasy Definitely read the footnotes and make free use of Google A fascinating long essay on Scotland's metaphysical beings including accounts from Scots about their interactions with them with a introduction from the ever brilliant Marina Warner who we stan This is a very difficult book to review Having languished in a manuscript form for a century and having been written at a time when witchcraft was still an executionable offence it might be easy to find fault with Kirk's archaic style continual use of Scots gaelic the confusing index or his almost matter of fact tone However it is also remarkable that a Scottish minister should be so frank in his report of the nature of 17th Century beliefs and give them a measured account without contempt or disdain for the Elves Fairies Brownies and Spirits or those who believe in them It is also refreshing to find these occurances placed with tradition and folklore but from Kirk's own voice and upbringing relaying original conversations The treatise is therefore much than a retelling old wive's tales and superstition but is a curious psychological investigation into the culture of reformation Scotland and how beliefs persist in contradiction of and parallel to religion Therefore Kirk's accounts of the supernatural as well as greatly influencing future writers of magical worlds present a system of folklore that incorporates both genuine beliefs and convenient but ludicrous alibis for social misadventure and mischief It is therefore much mysterious than the little box of tricks and tales it initially seems to be Kirk a parson wrote this book basically defending the belief in fairies charms and second sight that his parishioners had He wanted to argue that you could be a good Christian and also believe in these kinds of other world elements that were so pervasive in his community He describes some of these beliefs and offers examples of specific instances and offers biblical references to back up his position although some were a bit of a stretch It's VERY interesting and is considered to be a must for students of folklore The version I read was edited from the original manuscript by Stewart Sanderson According to him the version edited by Lang which is the famous and readily available one has some problems where Lang made some assumptions that maybe he shouldn't have made Do with that what you will This was an interesting uick read It was a little challenging at times to wade through the old English that was used and I found the introduction to be long winded but it was fascinating to read a document that was written in 1692 Although it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting since I breezed through it in about 2 hours it was well worth the time I’m only giving it three stars because it wasn’t what the description had led me to believe and the introduction got on my nerves I know I have said this uite often lately but this was an odd little book I think it was exactly the right length and the introduction was extremely necessary If you find it intriguing you will likely get something out of it A late 17th manuscript embedded in a 19th century manuscript The former was written by a clergyman trying to record some Scottish folklore and reconcile it with snippets of Biblical texts The latter was written by a scholar interested in psychic phenomena along with others of his time which would include Arthur Conan Doyle So it's layered oral tradition anecdotal experiences of folks that both scholars talked with and attempts to fit it all into a couple of different frameworks That's what makes it interesting not any coherence or narrative There are some interesting insights though One item that impressed me was the observation that when Scots with Second Sight emigrated to the Americas they lost their abilities suggesting that their talent for perceiving an otherwise unseen world and beings was tied to their natal land not to some essential ability they could carry with them The translation from printed book to ebook is a bit rough in that the old long s google long s for explanation In this rendition it looks exactly the same as the letter f So it's slow going That and the old spellings based on Scottish pronunciation But it's worth a look if you are interested in folklore alternative ontologiesanimismconflation of space and time or even if you are just interested in where Phillip Pullman got some of his ideas for His Dark Materials So very boring The subject matter the curious nature of Scottish faeries and the faery faith of those that fear them held tremendous potential but this book fell far short of my expectations It was dull and difficult reading thanks to the 17th century grammar and vocabulary and scattered with irrelevant Biblical uotes If you want to learn about the faery faith I would recommend Evan Wentz's The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries over this one any day of the week 'Tis a shame This short unusual book is intended to be a record of the existence of actual fae folk Tales of fae folk are part of common folklore in England and Scotland and this book was put together by a Scottish Presbyterian minister I'm always interested in folklore and this book is an interesting read

The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and
  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and Actions of the Subterranean (and, for the Most Part) Invisible People, Heretofioir Going under the Name of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies
  • Robert Kirk
  • English
  • 23 August 2015
  • 9780486466118