The cursed painting is an enduring urban legend that continues to have the ability to scare us, and also makes
have a confession to make: I’m a bibliophile. I have a small collection of very, very old books and
A project cataloguing the archive of a renowned British palaeopathologist has revealed fascinating insights into how superstition and a belief
In some regions of Madagascar, it is considered fady to eat certain lemurs, meaning local taboos can actually act as
In the nineteenth century, Lady Charlotte Guest (with a team of Welsh scholars) translated a series of stories from Welsh
Incorporating folklore can add authenticity, richness and whole new layers of meaning to historical fiction. Novelist Melissa Harrison explores how
The Jack-in-the-Green was (and indeed is) a traditional participant in May celebrations and May Day parades in the UK.
Remy Dean explores the stories of Wild Kynaston; a medieval noble turned highwayman who may have inspired some of the
Antiquity, with inscrutable dead languages, some still indecipherable, pulls us close with epic monuments and inscriptions.
The narrative of witchcraft in Ireland is a subject often left out of major surveys of the wider history of
From King Arthur to Jack the Giant Killer, this county has an array of famous tales, but being a man
Whenever a bear shows up in a folktale, we know something wonderful, and maybe a bit scary, is about to
Beowulf is an anonymously written long poem originally written in Old English, the language commonly spoken in England in Anglo-Saxon
If contemporary versions of popular fairy tales are anything to go by, you could be left thinking that women are
Paul Watson speaks to Dee Dee Chainey about the inspiration behind 'England’s Dark Dreaming', his second book of myth and
David Castleton explores a curious local tradition in Glentham, Lincolnshire, which seems to merge folkloric traditions with Christian rituals.
Follow the path marked by red torii gates and enter a world outside of the city, a world of meandering
It seems fairly logical to begin our search for the real Dick Whittington at Whittington Castle in Shropshire, which local
Modern farming has transformed the landscape of Britain and Ireland, to the detriment of nature. Lisa Schneidau argues that the
Here's an introduction to the trees featured in the Ogham alphabet!
The Victorian newspaper archives are full of unusual ghost sightings, but there aren’t many as unique, or with a more
Historically, Elen of the Hosts was a real woman who lived in the 4th century, but in British legend and
Kim McGreal explores the curious and macabre origins of some well-known childhood nursery rhymes.
In Buddhism and Hinduism, the mandala is a symbol of devotion representing the transformation of the Universe from a state
Ask anyone for the names of the great fairy tale tellers, But hardly anyone will mention Mary de Morgan, Pre-Raphaelite,
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.
Despite a great many people knowing that Norway is awash with folklore, many would be hard-pressed to name a Norwegian
Werewolves. The name alone conjures up nightmarish images from our current pop culture horror films starring this shapeshifting man-wolf.
Although their origins lie in Japanese folk traditions, omamori are still a popular sight throughout Japan. The word itself, 御守り,
The legendary Uther Pendragon was the father of Arthur Pendragon who was destined to become the greatest King of the