WTF are They?

This is one of the biggest paranormal question out there and is often overlooked due to the sheer silliness of many reported encounters. However that's missing the point. Fairy encounters often have the hallmarks of believable UFO encounters in that they have details too strange, and frankly silly, to have been simply invented by people. Along with this randomness, you also have a set of regularly repeating themes and phenomena which have much in common with UFOs, ghost sightings and other high strangeness.

So I ask you /x/, wtf are they, assuming there is some reality to them. I don't have some grand theory personally, but I do think I can positively rule out some of the more common hypotheses, which I will do so below.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >NOT Nature Spirits
    I hear this theory all the time, typically coming from Wiccans, Pagans and others who project an nature-centric ideology onto everything. It's frustrating because it can be very easily disproven. Some fairy sightings do seem to show an affinity with nature, a lot actually, but there are a sizeable majority that instead seem localized to a domicile. I'm not sure how the bake sale witches manage to forget about all these sightings whenever they profess this stupid nature spirit theory. Unless all the multitudinous reports about house elves, gnomes, and similar entities are made up, then you simply can not accept that fairies are nature spirits because many are instead associated with clearly artificial environments: homes, workshops, etc. Whatever the definition of a fairy is, it must be broad enough to encompass all or most reported manifestations and 'nature spirit' does not cut that mustard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      meant to say sizeable minority, by and large, most encounters do still take place in wilderness settings

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    they are the dead i have read.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      there's indeed a huge overlap between the mythos of wraiths and that of fairies. there must be some connection. I actually have a wild theory that a fairy is a mortal soul whose reincarnation glitches out of the normal wheel upon death meaning they were all once humans and have now become isolated from the process of life and death which is a blessing and a curse. this is just a wild theory that fits some of the stories though. cant even begin to prove it.

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  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5 types of beings in the cosmos.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      im 12 and what is this

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You are 12?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        you're in luck, that cosmology is tailor made for 12 year olds to understand!

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Altered States
    Altered states seem to be involved in the perception of fairies for almost all the people who report them see the world through an altered and nonrational lens. Obviously children see them more than adults for apparently this reason. However so do adults who are in an altered state of consciousness. A large number of the sightings happen when someone is in a hypnogogic state, they will wake up and see something or see something right before sleep. And, those Wiccans mentioned above also see them more because these people go out into the woods and intentionally or not put themselves in altered state through ritual and trance. The implication of this one seems clear. Seeing fairies may not by a challenge for the senses, but one for the mind. Perhaps they exist on a different psychical plane or 'assemblage point' to steal a term from Castaneda. Or maybe whatever thing they do to make themselves invisible is overcome psychologically. I'm honestly not sure but this is an undeniable pattern. You see it also with descriptions of 'Faery' which portray it as much as a state of mind than a physical place. People going 'into it' almost always report some profound change in their cognition.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >A Costly Offer
    One of the most often repeating themes in the lore is of the fairies offering to take you. This is almost always an offer where the person must agree to go. However people can be tricked into it, such as happens when you 'eat the food' in the other realm. One interesting note is that when this offer is made by 'good' or 'seelie' fey, its almost always delivered with a not of melancholy. There is thus some cost of taking the offer and one more profound than you just 411ing and never seeing your family again. Sadly I only have speculations as to what that cost might be. One theory I have, posted above, is that joining them means disconnecting your soul from the normal human reincarnation loop which might incur heavy spiritual costs of some kind such as never having the possibility of rebirth or facing real oblivion ala atheism upon death.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Low Tech
    Fairy encounters are so diverse that it's hard to come up with any solid rules, however, there is one big one that's often overlooked. They are ALWAYS low tech. This excludes the idea of them being aliens for literally every sighting describes their clothes, equipment and gear as primitive in nature. It's an odd detail because we are all raised on medieval storybook fairies but when people see the real ones they tend to be kitted out more like freaking Neandertals. One thing that can be taken from this is that whatever process fairies use to traverse dimensional space, vanish in the blink of an eye, and all the other strange shit they do is not mediated by technology. This means they must either be truly paranormal in nature or be accessing some cognitive or psychical abilities science has not yet documented.

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