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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

What is it about swans? They feature heavily in Western European folklore, a graceful animal for a human to be

Make sure you crush up your eggshells after eating an egg, otherwise witches will use them as boats and cause

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

The image of the Gypsy conjures up ideas of a carefree people, who live life without rules and restrictions. In

It seems fairly logical to begin our search for the real Dick Whittington at Whittington Castle in Shropshire, which local

Folk tales tell us how we live and keep our local history alive. They pass on the stories and knowledge

Modern farming has transformed the landscape of Britain and Ireland, to the detriment of nature. Lisa Schneidau argues that the

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

By Indian mythology, one refers to worldviews that emerged in the Indian subcontinent. What makes them unique is the belief

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,

Three years ago, in June 2015, the first ever #FolkloreThursday took place. Folklore was shared throughout the day and great

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

My parents tell me a few last family legends, and I contemplate on how these stories might change in the

One of the countries which one doesn't associate the zombie with is Tibet.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex.

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

If you have heard or read the folktale “The Three Billy-goats Gruff,” you are aware of the existence of Norwegian

You’re obviously already interested enough to know what folklore is, right? Yet the more we look at folklore, the less

This is the story of the legendary Aurelius Ambrosius, a King of the Britons in the 5th century AD.

How is a gingerbread house tempting if you've gone gluten-free? Who needs pumpkin coaches when there's Uber? It's a question

My parents tell me more family stories, this time about haunted houses. But what haunts a house? Ghosts, or fairies?

The great Victorian fairy fascination held its grip over culture into the early 20th century. In the wake of the