Origin's of Europe's Fairies

The Indo-European Language & Culture came to
dominate most of Europe.

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Their Oak Spirit and Storm Deity

In Search of Pre-Indo-European Deities

I will be writing a series of articles about the various peoples, ideas and events which shaped peoples conception of the Fairies of Europe's Mythology starting with the Proto-Indo-European's and the Neolithic Eastern Europeans.

Proto-Indo-Europeans and Neolithic Eastern Europe

A prayer like a song rises up over the steppes of the Eurasian content, as a deep rhythmic voice begs the rivers, the lakes, the trees and the rocks to keep his people safe from illness, to protect them from disasters, and to help it rain. Three thousand year later his decedents while have still sing to the spirits of the rocks, trees and rivers which are far older then man. They’ll sing for prosperity and victory in war and while receive so much of each that theirs will become the dominant language family of the world, within three thousand years they’ll become the languages of every nearly land from Northern India to Ireland. From these Proto-Indo-European peoples songs of faith and epic tales of heroic deities while spring Hinduism and Buddhism of India, Zoroastrianism of Persia, and dozens of other Eastern and Near Eastern religions and mythologies. In Europe they will become the Greeks, The Romans, The Celts, The Norse, The Slavs and the Germanic peoples. Whether chanting Buddhist Sutras in Japan or singing for victory in Ireland these the prayers of the priest of the Indo-Europeans were nearly always sung always rhythmic.

Born on the Neolithic steppes of Eurasia in a primal wilderness that stretched out for thousands of miles, a wilderness in which humans could still be hunted by wolves and bears were born the seeds of most of the European languages. It was here buffeted by the cold winds of the Eurasian steppes and always on the lookout for bears, wolves and other wild animals which at any moment could take either their lives or the lives of the animals on whose lives they depended for their food – that his people began to flourish. The Proto-Indo-Europeans began to find new ways to utilize animals to help them survive, they began to ride horses for the first time and use oxen to pull newly invented wagons in order help them herd cattle and sheep very likely with the help of domesticated dogs.
When darkness came and the wind would grow frigid these people would gather around the fires to cook, eat, and protect themselves from the cold as well as the darkness of the unknown that lay beyond their camp as the howls of the wolves and the growls of the bears surrounded them. The fires glow would only help so much for a fire does not banish the darkness form site it only pushes it away creating a wall outside of which creatures might prowl. Enemies from other clans certainly could also have very likely been prowling in the darkness.
Worse than any of these mortal fears were the ‘others,’ the predecessors of the giants and trolls, the forerunners of the fairies that snatched children away from the arms of their loving families, as well as the forbearers of the demons that would haunt the dreams and fears of later Europe. Even the monstrous creatures who had opposed the gods, those who sought to undo the world may have wondered the darkness beyond the fires.
The night then wasn’t just darkness because with darkness comes fear, darkness is the unknown the place where evil things can lurk. It was here surrounded by darkness huddled together around a fire and hearth eating cheese, butter, and meat that the embers of Europe’s later fairy tales and mythologies. It was also likely here that people continued to contemplate the nature of the soul, of the spirits around them as they developed the fairy faiths that would come to dominate Europe.
Within the warm but never quite secure confines of their small homes and semi fortified villages these pastoralists would contemplate the nature of the world around them. The voice of a priest would rise in a poetic song to tell tales of the heroic deeds of their people in hopes of instilling these heroic values in their children, or simply to entertain each other with amusing tales of the strange things their deities and heroes did. The night was the time of these poets and singers; it was the time to feel secure in the heroics of the deities and the power of the singer to keep evil away with his charms and songs.