> From: David Stifter [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> This is interesting! Could you give me references to where this idea
> can be found in texts, or articles about it? It reminds me of a
> passage in the Nauigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis where Brendan
> and his men land on an island full of birds (chapter 11 of Selmer's
> edition). One of the birds tells Brendan that they (the birds) are
> angels who fell together with Lucifer though not siding with him.
Here's one source: Evans-Went's _Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries_.
All the sections--Irish, Scots, Welsh, and Breton--have testimony about the
belief that the fe/e or sidhe or whatever were angles who had not sided with
Lucifer but who had been barred from heaven. In some sotries, it's said that
the gates of heaven were left open when the fallen angels were thrown out
and a whole lot of other angels followed. When the Son realized that heaven
was emptying, he told the Father to shut the gates and the angels fell into
the holes of the earth.
That's really the last phase of the notion's evolution.