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As Valentine’s Day comes around, spare a passing thought for that ubiquitous red heart that has come to symbolize the

Brazil is full of folklore, myths and superstitions. Here in Brazil, we’ve got a fascinating and complex collection of stories

Celtic folklore has given us some of the darkest and most frightening tales in folkloric history: three-headed monsters, headless horsemen,

The Norwegian folktale, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” in which a white bear comes to take

The early sirens, the ones Odysseus encountered, were not fish at all but bird-women, but they had those great siren

The alkonost, the sirin, the roc, the phoenix and the caladrius are all five mythical birds from legend and folklore.

Mermaid sightings have been documented for centuries but they become really hard to deny when they happen in the same

Finding Green Men in medieval churches was a game for myself and my young charge; others have made it an

We humans, love to eat and we love to celebrate with food, from weddings to birthdays to a Sunday family

The Auroras, as we know today, are dependent on the interactions of the sun and our upper atmosphere, and have

New Year’s festivity dates back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon, connecting religion and mythology. In ancient Babylon, the new

The winter solstice has been celebrated in some form all around the world for centuries. Individual human cultures often

Trees have been a centre point of many world mythologies and religions throughout the ages. As a symbol of growth,

Historically, distilling was an art, as well as an arcane type of magic, regulated by custom, law, and superstition. Certain

In February 1862 a riot broke out in a Suffolk churchyard over a ghost story. Margaretta Greene, the story’s author,

Plants play a major part in the many customs surrounding the Christmas festivities. The Yule log for example, was essentially

In Welsh legend and myth the Owl of Cwm Cowlyd lived in the woods that once surrounded Llyn Cowlyd.

This articles examines the myths and legends which surround the distillation, sales and consumption of gin.

We've started our Christmas shopping early here at #FolkloreThursday, and we thought we'd share some of the wonderful folkloric gifts

In recent years, in conjunction with the steadfast advance of far-right nationalistic ideologies, the so-called ‘’refugee crisis’’ has been repeatedly

Nalin Verma tells one of the stories from his latest book, The Greatest Folk Tales of Bihar.

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

If the body of Ireland is The Emerald Isle, then surely it follows that her veins are made of sapphire?

Rituals can be transformational episodes that connect the initiand with other realms and higher cosmic plains. Thai Lanna Buddhist rituals

In the autumn of 1972, numerous Swedish newspapers described how werewolves were causing people to panic in a town in

Bats feature in many myths, legends and folklore from many diverse cultures around the world, and are often associated with

The image is downright disturbing, a young woman with dark hair, bulging eyes, and a chilling smile. She stares out

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

This article examines the myths and legends which surround Artificial Intelligence.

The life of the shanty is a fascinating example of how elements of a music genre can evolve to match

For many, the Woman in the Tower is a symbol of female oppression and repression, a highly negative image charged

My new book is intended to inspire all the little girls who admire women like Michelle Obama, Lucy Bronze, Malala

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