The fairy seers of Eastern Serbia: seeing fairies—speaking through trance
"The fairy-seers are called numerous names in various languages across southeastern Europe. The semantic field of these varying designations is far from identical: sometimes the seers need not enter into a trance to see them, sometimes they fight (nocturnal) battles in the sky to ensure good crops for their region, where they live and work as any normal human being. But there is one common denominator to all of them: they undergo a process of initiation (prompted by these creatures) and the invisible creatures with whom they communicate are females. I choose to use this term in an attempt to cover and to depict a vast range of more or less similar phenomena across the Balkans with an English term, with the goal of creating an “umbrella term” in the English language (nowadays a lingua franca) for working purposes."--Page 53.
Oral Tradition, 32/1 (2018):53-70
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