The Cult of the Seely Wights in Scotland

Julian Goodare

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Abstract

This article reveals the existence of a shamanistic cult centring on the "seely wights," Scottish fairy-like nature spirits. Cult members entered trances and reportedly flew out at night, on swallows, to join the seely wights. In daily life they were magical practitioners. The cult is discussed in a comparative European framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-219
JournalFolklore
Volume123
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2012

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