Don’t ask me why, but I’ve been contemplating fairy mythology in kidlit and TV, specifically fairy proxies like The Fraggles and The Borrowers. This idea – that there is a whole world of tiny, wise and/or mischievous creatures, that are perhaps difficult for grown-ups to see or believe in – seems to be a resonant one.
I know next to nothing about cross-cultural children’s literature and mythology. Most of the webstuff I can find seems to be about Euro fairy stories – gnomes, and elves, and Sidhe, and such. Mythopoetica says that the word might be Persian in origin, from “Peri”. How cross-cultural are fairy tales? Does anyone know about fairy stories in Eastern, subcontinental, African, or (indigenous) American or Australian cultures?
What’s your favourite contemporary tale of Little People?