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Mark Norman explores the folklore of bees and beekeeping in his new book, 'Telling the Bees and Other Customs: The

The rare and elusive, mythical, magical unicorn has been part of world folklore and legend for centuries, evolving spectacularly into

Digital Literacy refers to the ability and competence of individuals to research, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and

An old Russian fairy tale brings us food for thought in these challenging times. Lisa Schneidau explores the mysterious story

‘Snow-White & Rose Red’ is a literary tale, adapted by Wilhelm Grimm from a short story ‘The Ungrateful Dwarf’, written

In Cork, on May morning before sunrise, a person went out and brought back a branch of hazel, holly and

There's something about the concept of a poison garden that either titillates or terrifies, depending on your preferences. The UK's

This article is about clowns. If you have clourophobia you might want to look away now. Not many forms of

Shell grottos have a certain murky ambiguity to their history and folklore. This for me made them all the more

Scotland is one of the few nations to have chosen a mythological creature rather than a real one as her

Easter customs of old were many and varied but who would have expected so many of them to be nothing

The Mabinogion is a mess of misconstrued mythology, a minefield of mistranslation and misinterpretations. It’s also the font of all

If a bouquet of flowers arrives at our door, we’re more interested in who sent them. The Victorians were more

I first caught the perfume of my wild twin by walking with muddy boots through wet grasses to my scrubby

Mother goddesses are present in all kinds of mythology around the world. They all bring the archetypical mother qualities: giving

Some people believe cats to be superior beings who carefully train their humans to provide for their needs. Presented

This article examines the proposition “Does the law protect folklore?” by examining the legal models and processes to protect the

Since the beginnings of human civilization, seeds have been revered for their gift of life. How we treat them in

By their very nature saints are exceptional beings and none more so than the select few female saints. These were

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 most famous wolf myth is the one of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. The story has evolved

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.