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There are overtones of demon possession, as in films like The Exorcist; it could even be said that the issues raised are currently being echoed in the TV series Humans, with its exploration of robotics.
At same time, changelings hark back to concerns that were very much, thankfully, of their day.
They might even be thrown onto the fire in the hope they would fly shrieking up the chimney. In 1895, in Ireland, a young woman called Bridget Cleary was burned to death on her own hearth.
Her husband claimed he was merely trying to get rid of a changeling, so that his true wife would be returned to him.
There were worse consequences to the folklore, however.
Thomas Hobbes noted in 1650s that it was sometimes used to excuse abusive behaviour towards disabled children.
Some are odd little demonic creatures reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch.
Others kill robins with swords made from vicious looking thorns.
It could even lead to the murder of an inconvenient child.
There were many tricks used to frighten changelings away or make them reveal the truth, at which point the real child was supposed to be returned. They might be doused in a river, or placed on a heated shovel, or made to sleep overnight in an open grave dug in a field.
Even whilst folklore movements tried to recover and record the stories of the past, others were leaving such images behind.