Blue Sky




Belief expressed by some writers in late 17th century Scotland that second sight is restricted to natives. In order to see in this way you have to be local.

Texts from the period can be quite distinctive, Robert Kirk’s perspective on second sights relationship with faeries is a very individual perspective rather than one drawn from the wider pool of popular belief.

Is the perspective that access to supernatural forms of vision are strictly only open to locals a distinct elite perspective?

A distinctive blood and soil position on the relationship of mind and visual processing?

Trying to work out a low cost comparative way of measuring  that.

Question is simple, in the 16th and 17th century how much evidence exists to suggests that non-native Scots could see Scottish faeries? How localised are sightings and do they involve local people or is the phenomena open to people from outside the neighbourhood?

Evidence pool will be weighted in terms of localised phenomena I suspect, as in large part for this period, legal records of witchcraft trails form a large bulk of the evidence. Accusations here formed in cases of local dispute between neighbours. Highly localised context. I may have to cast my net a bit further.

Wider question is to what extent (if any) is access to the supernatural locked to outsiders.

Is this a belief that develops in the late 17th century, a possible response to the rather complex nature of  identity politics in Britain? Or is the belief related to forms of classification used by the mass of the population at an elite and popular level?




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