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