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Changelings in European folklore
are babies of fairies, trolls, elves or other legendary creatures that are
usually left in exchange for a human baby. The changelings are replaced with a
human baby that has been left unprotected in his crib or cradle.
Changeling babies are usually ugly, weak, and sick.
The fairy mother believes that her child will have a better chance of survival
with a human mother. The human baby will be cared for by the fairy mother and
will become a slave to the fairy household.
European folk lore explained how to protect your
little ones from becoming a servant to the fairies and you raising a changeling.
One way was to tie Rowan and mistletoe to the crib or cradle. A piece of iron
shaped in the form of a knife could be placed under the mattress. The baby could
have silver or horn rattles with bells to scare away the fairy. The protection
only had to be place for the first 8 weeks of the baby’s life.
If a human had a changeling baby to raise the child
would become more human however, it would remain ugly and sick. The changeling
baby often had the gift of second sight and it is believed this is how second
sight became a part of humans. When the changeling child became an adult and had
children these offspring would be born with second sight which would be passed
down from generation to generation.
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