The Origins of Wizards, Witches and Fairiesby Simon Webb

✨The Origins of Wizards, Witches and Fairies✨
by Simon Webb
Pub Date – 1/30/22
Reading about the origin of anything fascinates me but the origins of the idea of wizards, witches and fairies, I couldn’t resist. The origins of why we throw coins into fountains, the number 3 that pops up everywhere, the aesthetics of how we view a wizard (long white beard) or a witch (pointy hats and brooms) are just a few items discussed.

I really enjoyed and also was horrified by a lot of the stories of witches or should I write “witches”. Women and men that were unfortunate enough to be around when cattle got sick or crops died. Wow, people are still pretty weird but they don’t blame people for that just cause they stood near them, right?

This is a great source of information and history on where our modem traditions and visuals derived from and the evolution and religious impact throughout.

This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches and fairies. We all have a clear mental image of the pointed hats worn by such individuals, which are based upon actual headgear dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Carefully sifting through old legends, archeological evidence and modern research in genetics, Simon Webb shows us how our notions about fairies and elves, together with human workers of magic, have evolved over the centuries.

This exploration of folklore, backed by the latest scientific findings, will present readers with the image of a lost world; the one used as the archetype for fantasy adventures from The Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones. In the process, the real nature of wizards will be revealed and their connection with the earliest European cultures thoroughly documented.

❓ How do you select your nonfiction books to read?

I’m trying to be more thoughtful and go towards genres I read lately.

Thank you Pen and Sword Books and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review. 

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