A sneak peek of #FolkloreThursday’s new book, Treasury of Folklore – Woodlands and Forests: Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves. Come with us now on a journey into the forests; walk with us as we delve into the tales and traditions enfolded within the woodlands of the world. Pick up your lantern and step into the dark branches as we dig deep into the soil to unearth their mysteries. There are stories to be heard, so listen softly, and you will hear the tales the leaves of ages whisper into the wind …
There are many different kinds of shapeshifting and here we look at different examples from Ireland, Wales and Scotland that provide differing glimpses of shapeshifters in action in the myth, folklore, and tradition of these three Celtic nations.
The Celts were a varied collection of ethnic groups inhabiting a wide swathe of continental Europe from the west coast of Ireland to the Black Sea and other scattered areas.
The effects of the Chernobyl disaster will endure for thousands of years to come. So how will that legacy be understood by future civilisations?
Ireland has at least 3,000 wells that are, or were at least up until recently, looked upon as holy or blessed.