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‘Breaking the wishbone’ is a tradition around the world in the days after a Sunday roast, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

North London has captured the imagination of gothic writers through the ages, exploring both sides of the region’s possibly: one

In 1750, Edo-period Japan, Maruyama Ōkyo opened his eyes from a fitful sleep and beheld a dead woman.

Follow the path marked by red torii gates and enter a world outside of the city, a world of meandering

In Buddhism and Hinduism, the mandala is a symbol of devotion representing the transformation of the Universe from a state

closer look at Taiwanese lore reveals the true international, eclectic and intercultural roots of Taiwanese folk culture.

We all know that Halloween, as a festival, is not an invention of the trick-or-treating Americans but it is far

These remedies, many of them fairly gruesome to our ears, were recorded only 100 years ago by Mrs Ella Mary

Werewolves. The name alone conjures up nightmarish images from our current pop culture horror films starring this shapeshifting man-wolf.

Maypoles are often seen as a quintessentially English tradition, yet in Bavaria the raising of the Maibaum (or May Tree)

The first story that I found in this land where I live was The Seal Children, and as we walk

Within our current society of filtered perfection and aggressive online happiness, there is something oddly refreshing in the macabre.

When considering dog folklore, we generally think of those stories which feature the Grimm, the Gytrash, or other sinister black

‘The Fear of Tiptipwa’, a folktale about survival in the wild, first appeared in The Greatest Folktales of Bihar, published

Galeej, a youth hailing from a low caste, got married to a woman of the same caste and equal status.

'The Weardale Fairies'. Extracted from English Fairy Tales and Legends by Rosalind Kerven, published by Batsford. Illustration by Arthur Rackham,

here is no name from the period of England's witch trials more infamous than that of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled

Kulning is a high pitched singing technique used by women to communicate with animals and over great distances, most common

The one constant throughout visual and literary representations of the werewolf is the willing – or unwilling – consumption of

The rare and elusive, mythical, magical unicorn has been part of world folklore and legend for centuries, evolving spectacularly into

A land’s topography speaks of the forces that have formed it and how it has endured; in Iceland, the shape

The Dream of Macsen Wledig from the Mabinogion tells the story of how the Emperor of Rome experienced a dream

For centuries, stories from Irish myth and legend have ignited imaginations all over the world. Today, mysterious records of seemingly-impossible

When I was a little girl, I used to watch with open-mouthed admiration and puzzlement as my mother prepared the

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