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Fairy Paths and Death Roads Paperback – 15 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books (15 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843337045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843337041
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,434,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Devereux has written or co-written over 20 books in the last 20 years or so, and a large number of academic papers, mostly on the themes of archaeology, geophysical phenomena and consciousness studies. He is the author of Stone Age Soundtracks (184333447X) published by Vega in 2001.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Parker on 7 July 2006
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I've been familiar with Paul Devereux's work since reading " Earth Lights Revelation " 10 years ago. I found that book to have some interesting and, for me, unique ideas about what UFO's were. In "Fairy Paths and Death Roads" Devereux has done the same with his approach to ancient pathways. I've read many books on old hollow was and their like, but i'd never heard of the death roads or even noticed some of the church yard features for the resting of coffins in transit. The book it really a walkers guide and is similar in its purpose to Julian Cope' excellent "Modern Antiquarian". Its aim is to prick the imagintaion enough to get us out in the landscape for it is there that the subject is lives.
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What a fascinating book! 28 May 2005
By C. Good - Published on Amazon.com
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_Fairy Paths & Spirit Roads_ is a very fascinating book. Devereux's overall theme is that pre-modern & pre-urban communities had a very different view of the landscape than we do now. Earlier people often saw not just physical geography but also overlaid that with an emotional & spiritual geography, where certain hills & trees were to be avoided due to bad luck and certain roads were mainly (or sometimes only) for the carrying of the dead to burial.

His book is divided into two main sections:

- the "Background" section describes some of the overall common elements of otherworldly roads in different countries & continents

- the "Foreground" section is a sampler of specific routes to explore, describes how to find them, and points out specific landmarks to notice.

Geographically, he focuses on Australia, Britain, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the U.S. (specifically Death Valley, California and the Southwest).

In addition to describing routes, he talks about common elements useful for recognizing otherworldly routes. Routes of this type often are very straight, sometimes for miles, and sometimes through terrain where the straight path was not the easiest. A lot of the older paths that have been unused for decades (centuries?) show up on aerial and satellite photos better than on the ground.

Devereux also describes the folklore that surrounds some of these routes. However, this part is sometimes sketchy as Devereux openly admits that he is about a generation too late in his work, and much of the folklore was oral and ceased to be passed on about 30-40 years ago.

What folklore Devereux was able to find is still fascinating. There are a number of churches that had gates or doors specifically for the entrance of pall-bearers with coffins, and many of the spirit roads existed primarily for rual populations to bring in the bodies of the deceased for burial in hallowed ground. Since this often involved a group of people carrying a corpse & coffin on foot for miles, there were sometimes stones by the side of the road specifically to rest the coffin on while the pall-bearers rested. In the Middle Ages and even up through the 1600s, some villages had seers who would sit at the corpse-gates or beside the corpse-road during the midnight hours of certain days of the year to have visions of people in the community who would perish during the next year. In places that had fairy paths, there were a number of stories about houses that had ill luck for the inhabitants until the house was modified (a corner was cut, door placement was changed, certain windows were left open at night) so that the fairy path was no longer blocked.

Devereux also ties the otherworldly routes in Britain in with a number of Neolithic stone monuments, some of which were also on surprising straight routes, and speculates that some of these routes may be quite a bit older than currently realized.

This book was very fascinating and a very good example of the little-known stories and histories that can hide in the landscape around a person.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Take it along as a travel guide 4 Aug. 2007
By Renee V. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I liked this book alot because the subject interests me however the best thing about it is that he includes, where appropriate, map coordinates and the best maps to use to visit the sites the book describes. I love reading about places of cultural, archeological and historical significants that are also available to the public to visit and experience. The authors inclusion of local folklore and anecdotal experiences of the paranormal also makes these places mysterious and interesting to contemplate even from your armchair. I think he referenced a bit of his own past works a little to much in his bibliography but can forgive that since you can't remain an author unless you sell your books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good resource, but repeats a lot from previous books... 26 Mar. 2013
By Morgaine Bergman - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Devereux knows his stuff, but here he repeats a lot of things he's said in other books. It's like buying a compendium of his old essays or something. Nice to have it all in one place, but disappointing that with all the sites in the US he chooses to focus on only one or two, and those are the ones everyone else has covered. Still, a great introduction to the topic.
A Compelling Read 10 Oct. 2013
By V. Jandron - Published on Amazon.com
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Information that is difficult to research collaborated into one place. Devereaux's treatment is thorough and fascinating. You can feel his deep passion for the topic. A compelling read.
Spirit Roads by Paul Devereux 6 May 2013
By Vyacheslav - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good work about sacred places, traditions and connecting between them. An important study of sacred geography.
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