‘…belief in the existence of spirits is founded not upon loose speculation, but upon concrete, personal experiences, the reality of which is re-inforced by sensory perception.’ -Bennett, Traditions of Belief, 118-9; Honko, ‘Memorates and the Study of Folk Beliefs’, 10.
‘What is important is that they are real to those who believe in their existence or have experienced the phenomenon first-hand.’ Lizzanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan- p.209 Scottish Fairy Belief, John Donald 2001/2011
‘At the present time fairy belief, and indeed ‘folklore’ generally, is still sometimes pushed out to geographically remote areas. Time and again assertions are made that ‘old Celtic strongholds’ remain the favoured haunts of the fairies… . Another cliche is that the ‘actual belief in fairies…lived in the most inaccessible part of Britain, further out of the reach of authority and more remote from the ‘civilizing’ influences…’ The tone of cultural imperialism…beggars belief…the implication being countries which retain a store of supernatural belief traditions are culturally, and in every other sense, backward.’ Lizzanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan- p.208 Scottish Fairy Belief, John Donald 2001/2011