A changeling is said to be a fairy child that has been switched out for a human child. The fairies would take the child to use as a slave or out of malice. There are stories from all over the world including Ireland, Scotland and Germany.
The changeling children were usually badly behaved or had other afflictions. It is thought that this was a way of explaining deformities and illnesses.
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