Kim McGreal explores the curious and macabre origins of some well-known childhood nursery rhymes.
In America’s Dairyland, expressing one’s ethnic identity sometimes means not only participating in the revitalization of a folk art but
In the great wealth of witch-related lore, the image of the persecuted local midwife is one of the most enduringly popular.
Although their origins lie in Japanese folk traditions, omamori are still a popular sight throughout Japan. The word itself, 御守り,
Maypoles are often seen as a quintessentially English tradition, yet in Bavaria the raising of the Maibaum (or May Tree)
May Day is a traditional spring celebration in many cultures, linked with Gaelic Beltane, and is now also the date of Labour
I began writing 'Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe: A Treasury of British Folklore' back in April last year.
#FolkloreThursday's Willow Winsham interviews storyteller Jean Edmiston and her daughter Amanda on their family storytelling tradition, and Jean's new story,
The joy of folklore is that it can be discovered and enjoyed at any age! Kate Boughton (@bigsmallfolk) shares some fun
Generally, clover represents protection, fertility and abundance, but where does the widespread belief in a four leaf clover’s good luck
Here Nalin Verma recalls memories of his uncle, from his childhood growing up in Bihar.
Chris Kullstroem delves into the world of monsters, their cultural festivals and scare tourism
Fairies were frequently blamed in Irish culture for events out of the ordinary or scenarios that were difficult to explain.
The concept of a witch, that is a practitioner of magic, has been part of western folklore for centuries, yet
This month, we're delighted that the wonderful folks over at The Countryman magazine have kindly featured #FolkloreThursday in their January edition!
In a strange old custom, the Dundee dressed herring is dressed in a crepe paper skirt and bonnet combination
The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with spilling salt as a bad omen.
According to some, leaving shoes on the table is a harbinger of death. This originates from the practice of honouring
When considering dog folklore, we generally think of those stories which feature the Grimm, the Gytrash, or other sinister black
The city of Peterborough in the east of England and its surrounding region is one of the few English areas
Madeline D'Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad
‘Breaking the wishbone’ is a tradition around the world in the days after a Sunday roast, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Bad luck from breaking a mirror has a long history, and the ominous associations are pervasive around the world.
Cars and motorbikes have been with us for over 130 years. In that time they’ve gathered superstitions and urban legends
The superstition of 'touch wood', or 'knock on wood' is still common today, but what was its original source? Madeleine
Arthur Spray, known as 'The Mysterious Cobbler of Bexhill', wrote an autobiography in 1935 which detailed his famed powers in
The gallows play a dark role in the history of punishment, but also show an important influence in folklore, folk