Early modern fairies does not derive from a single origin; the term is a conflation of disparate elements from folk belief sources, influenced by literature and speculation. In folklore of Ireland, the mythic aes sídhe, or ‘little folk’, have come to a modern meaning somewhat inclusive of fairies. The Scandinavian elves also served as an influence. She has the soul of a gypsy the heart of a hippie the spirit of a fairy face maskFolklorists and mythologists have variously depicted fairies as: the unworthy dead, the children of Eve, a kind of demon, a species independent of humans, an older race of humans, and fallen angels. The folkloristic or mythological elements combine Celtic, Germanic and Greco-Roman elements. Folklorists have suggested that ‘fairies’ arose from various earlier beliefs, which lost currency with the advent of Christianity. These disparate explanations are not necessarily incompatible, as ‘fairies’ may be traced to multiple sources.