Fairy Mothers And Human Midwives

Fairies are represented in Wales as possessing all the passions,

appetites, and wants of human beings. There are many tales current of

their soliciting help and favours in their need from men and women. Just

as uncivilized nations acknowledge the superiority of Europeans in

medicine, so did the Fairies resort in perplexing cases to man for aid.

There is a class of tales which has reached our days in which the Fairy

lady, who is about to become a mother, obtains from amongst men a

midwife, whom she rewards with rich presents for her services. Variants

of this story are found in many parts of Wales, and in many continental

countries. I will relate a few of these legends.

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