For the purpose of this discussion, Fiona assumes that all of these groups are real, and descriptions in legends and folklore are accurate.
Faeries – Can be big or small, winged or not. They like things tidy, or they’ll hide things from people. Some of them seem to think it’s funny to tease or torment pets. Except for leprechauns, there’s little evidence that faeries actually work.
Angels – Can be big or small, winged or not. They seem to have tasks, but — like faeries — people rarely see angels doing manual labor.
Ghosts – Are usually the same size as people, and act like people, including work. They’re never reported with wings. They don’t seem to care if a home is tidy, but they prefer the house as it was when they lived or visited it. Animals can seem fearful around ghosts, but ghosts aren’t likely to torment them.
Aliens – Appear in all sizes, but if they have wings, they’re not described as faerie wings or angel wings. Animals seem frightened of them. Aliens don’t seem to linger at a location as faeries and ghosts can.
There seems to be considerable overlap in some characteristics, and broad differences in others. However, when people describe an encounter with an entity that’s the size of a human but seems from another time or realm — even if they want to insist that it’s a ghost — they could be describing a faerie, an angel, a ghost or even an alien. More information is necessary.
With this kind of insight, it’s possible to look at popular TV shows differently, and consider that some “ghost encounters” are actually faerie experiences.
This may also explain why modern reports of aliens (UFOs, Bigfoot, etc.) are in the same areas where faeries were reported during eras when faeries were considered more “normal” in daily life than aliens.
Here’s what’s especially interesting:
We have a fairly reliable understanding of angels due to religious documents and interest. Aliens and UFOs have been documented thanks to the interest of governments and scientific groups. Ghost evidence is plentiful thanks to interest generated by TV shows.
However, if faeries aren’t real… why do we have so much cross-cultural information about them? They’ve been described consistently for centuries, from every corner of the world. If this was all make-believe, we might have “fairy tales,” but not the scope of faerie history and lore that exist around the world.
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