While less well known than their priestly counterparts, German folklore also had plenty of "secular" exorcists who resorted to magic
Lack of academic funding has marginalised the study of folklore in comparison to other disciplines and to our own colleagues
The Human Heart in the Middle Ages and the Practice of Ablation – or Treatment of the Dead for Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s Day comes around, spare a passing thought for that ubiquitous red heart that has come to symbolize the
The Norwegian folktale, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” in which a white bear comes to take
Mermaid sightings have been documented for centuries but they become really hard to deny when they happen in the same
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
The winter solstice has been celebrated in some form all around the world for centuries. Individual human cultures often
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,