Friday, April 11, 2014

Ancient Rome and Fairies

Ancient Rome and Fairies



On Greek vases the human soul is depicted as a pygmy issuing from the body through the mouth; and this conception existed among Romans and Teutons. Like their predecessors the Egyptians, the Greeks also often represented the soul as a small winged human figure, and Romans, in turn, imagined the soul as a fairy with butterfly wings. These ideas reappear in mediaeval reliefs and pictures wherein the soul is shown as a child or little naked man going out of the dying person’s mouth and, according to Cædmon, who was educated by Celtic teachers, angels are small and beautiful—quite like good fairies.