Okay, this is where Hearth gets pretty woo-woo. Strap in.
I has a theory. I think that myths and fairy tales exist to tell us about truths deeper or stranger than the everyday. Sometimes they tell us meta-truths (keep being virtuous in the face of discouragement, be nice to strangers, don’t trust too easily). That’s what literature is FOR. (See the last two blogs).*
I think that the fallen angels and their kids (Genesis 6) are hidden in our myths. I notice that the gods of the Mediterranean area (which includes N. Africa and into Scandinavia) are startlingly similar … different names on the same faces? Sure, details vary – but the pantheons themselves have serious similarities. And they’re brats. They’re *not* virtuous, they’re selfish and mercurial.
I’ve heard myths here and there that those gods shrank and became the Fae. Maybe? Not to mention their kids… who I think make up the bulk of the Otherkind. And in the old stories (including stories about djinn and similar level Otherkin in Africa and here in the US) all of the Fae are mercurial, selfish, mischievous, and sometimes downright evil. They might help if it suited them, but not for free – and they’ll double cross you if they can. They’re not fuzzy and nice.
And they’re not human. They’re Other. Long lives, most of them incapable of creation, few of them have many children (and usually those pair off with yet-lower-power Others or kidnapped humans). If that doesn’t sound like Genesis 6, what does? Your Bible will tell you that Goliath was a Nephilim… they did exist after the flood, although not in such numbers.
Our myths warned us about these guys. Until very recently.
Let’s take vampires – the Biblical admonition that the life is in the blood, and we are not to partake of blood is stood on its head, and the creature that lives only on blood – and lives forever, damned and damnable… that’s what was originally written. Beautiful, tempting – like La Belle Dame Sans Merci (although she was Fae), addictive… but not of us.
Now the vampires sparkle and make babies and the elves are heroes. (Sorry, Tolkien – your elves were really more angelic, but… not a great precedent). Why?
Some of it is our wandering away from Black/White and entering the eternal fog of Grey. (Speaking of things I can’t abide in my reading material). Misunderstood, not evil. How lovely, to write a story about someone doing something awful because they have to… but they’re not evil. No, of course that MetaStory doesn’t mess with the Christian world-view at all. -cough, cough-
We killed our heroes and traded them out for those who walk in the shadows – and now those who walked in the shadows, trading in half-truths and trickery, they’ve come to the forefront and we call them good.
If you read the original Peter Pan – Tink wasn’t a nice creature. Nor were any of her friends nice creatures. Peter’s power came at a cost – all fairy gifts do. Read Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Dracula was damned, a horror. But now we see their perspectives? No. To rebel against God is to walk away from the Light.
Our literature reflects our time, and if we want to change hearts back, we need to reintroduce true heroes.
As for what happened to those Nephilim… I don’t know. Do you?
*Christians*are* supposed to try to be Cinderella and Snow White like – gracious in the face of ugliness. No clue why these are “weak” women – you want to cope with what they did? Making the best of a bad situation isn’t a poor life-lesson, and it’s darn realistic. Oh, and the true King will eventually rescue us… -ahem- Big T truths hidden amongst singing rodents.