Despite their numbers, badgers are elusive beasts thanks to their nocturnal lifestyle and underground dwellings. This has led to myths
The fairy-tale witch is a compelling, frightening, and reliable stock character in our contemporary society. Mention “witch” and the hag
Rituals can be transformational episodes that connect the initiand with other realms and higher cosmic plains. Thai Lanna Buddhist rituals
When you think of tarot cards, do you picture a fortune teller predicting your untimely end in a darkened room?
Caerleon: The location is steeped in history and archaeology with its impressive Roman ruins, and its later associations – it’s
Gnomes trace their origins back through alchemical theory to Greek and Roman mythology.
Simon Young is gathering in material for a boggart census, a survey of the last people who grew up with
On Michaelmas Day the Devil takes possession of the blackberries and to eat one after that day would risk… well,
The story of William of Cloudesly is found in a 16th century ballad, Adam Bell, Clym of the Cloughe and
In broad terms, folklore—or rather its constituents—comprise legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales,
alking deep into a mine, when the last gleam of sunlight is eclipsed by the next turn, reveals the overwhelming
Of all the Chinese festivals, I love the Mooncake/Mid-Autumn Festival the most. Right after the scary Hungry Ghost Festival or
Since the dawn of mankind we have desired to leave our mark on the world around us. From grand monuments,
For thousands of years, physicians relied heavily on a single treatment for hysteria, heart disease and just about every other
In a daring act, facing frightful peril, Mark Twain exploited a legend to launch his onstage comic career. With his
Until the 20th century, the inadequacies of orthodox medical services left a large proportion of the population dependent upon traditional
The Folklore of Cryptocurrencies: Alchemy Revisited? (Or: How myths and legends can grow in under 10 years)
This article examines the myths and legends which have grown in the very short period since the incarnation of crypto-currencies.
The Swansea Devil is a three-foot tall “cursed” sculpture which is said to have been responsible for destroying a church.
Wild Edric was an Anglo-Saxon earl from Shropshire who was also known as Eadric Salvage, Eadric Silvaticus and Eadric the
You turn around, and all of a sudden, you see that something is approaching, moving towards you. You notice a