Heritage on the Go: Olga Edseth’s Rosemaled Hot Pink Pumps

In America’s Dairyland, expressing one’s ethnic identity sometimes means not only participating in the revitalization of a folk art but transforming it into a fashion statement.

The Witch Files — The Midwife Myth: Curses, Infanticide, and Devilish Spells?

In the great wealth of witch-related lore, the image of the persecuted local midwife is one of the most enduringly popular.

Trolls, Hulders and Nisses: The Preternatural Creatures of Norwegian Folklore

Despite a great many people knowing that Norway is awash with folklore, many would be hard-pressed to name a Norwegian folk narrative beyond the folk tales “The Three Billy-goats Gruff” and perhaps “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”

Werewolves that Fish and Fight in Battles: The Scottish Wulver and Irish Faoladh in Folklore

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

Protection from Evil, Bad Traffic or Bears: Omamori in Japanese Culture

Although their origins lie in Japanese folk traditions, omamori are still a popular sight throughout Japan. The word itself, 御守り, doesn’t have a direct translation into English, but they are protection charms – usually for sale within both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines – which are said to contain spirits.