Folklore

Discover the old myths and tall tales handed down over the generations from our ancient lands…

Mari Lwyd: How the Welsh celebrate Christmas with Horse Skull

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The Mari Lwyd Christmas tradition in Wales sees locals carrying a decorated horse skulls, says CLAIRE BARRAND

Spiders Superstition: A shocking web of omens and beliefs

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There's a web of beliefs spun surrounding spiders superstition, says RHEA SEREN PHILLIPS

13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack O’Lantern

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ANN MASSEY reveals 13 strange facts about Jack O'Lantern for Halloween

What is a Caulbearer and why is it spooky?

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What is a caulbearer
The legendary Caulbearer still has the power to provoke superstition and wonder, says JAMES WILLIS

The Brag, don’t ride the shape-shifting Devil Horse!

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The Brag
JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about shape-shifting devil horses from the north of England

7 Reasons to visit mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles in Northern Ireland

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Beaghmore Stone Circles
Guest writer DARLA MOORE explains why Beaghmore Stone Circles in County Tyrone is an amazing place to visit

Eight Disturbing True Tales of Welsh Changelings

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Welsh Changeling
CLAIRE BARRAND picks out eight historical changelig cases in Wales, with shocking eyewitness accounts of Welsh changelings...

13 Creepy Welsh Superstitions for Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th
CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about Friday the 13th superstitions from Wales...

David Copperfield and other amazing caulbearers in fiction

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Born with a caul David Copperfield
David Copperfield, Hamlet and Danny from The Shining are all caulbearers in fiction, explains CLAIRE BARRAND

Do Caulbearers have special powers? Famous caulbearers with extraordinary talents

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caulbearer special powers
POLLYANNA JONES take a look at some figures from history who were caulbearers...

Born Behind The Veil: 5 Famous British Caul bearers

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Famous Caul Bearers, born behind the veil
Born behind the veil: RICK HALE looks at five famous Britons who were born en caul, a mystical mark believed to make the caulbearer usually lucky or talented...

Lancashire Day, a time to celebrate wonderful monsters, witches and strange...

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A close up of the plaque on the Witches Grave in Woodplumpton, Lancashire
Guest writer CHRIS NEWTON marks Lancashire Day by revealing the county's strangest folktales and mythic legends

Black Cats and Superstition: 13 things you didn’t know about

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black cat superstition
ANN MASSEY reveals some strange and wonderful superstitions surrounding black cats through the centuries...

4 Halloween traditions we all love and the creepy reasons behind...

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Mirrors can be spooky on Hallloween night
KERRY GREENAWAY gives a little nod to the spirits around us with a look at Halloween traditions

England’s obsession with Black Dogs and other demon hounds of hell…

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BARRY McCANN looks at England's history of terrifying Black Dogs, from Black Shuck to Baskerville...

13 Irish superstitions you need to know!

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irish superstitions
ANN MASSEY O'REGAN tells us of 13 Irish superstitions we should be aware of - just in case!

Halloween monsters crawl out from real Irish folklore

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ANN MASSEY O’REGAN gets us ready for Halloween with these real life monsters from Ireland's folklore

How the Welsh bury their dead: Superstitions and death in Wales

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Welsh funeral
CLAIRE BARRAND tells us how to bury your dead in Wales and the superstitions and rituals that remain today.

5 deadly Welsh curses that could destroy your life

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Welsh Curses
CLAIRE BARRAND lists five deadly curses embraced by the Welsh in times gone by.

Interview with Theresa Coyne of DarkLand at the National Leprechaun Museum

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Darkland
ANN MASSEY O'REGAN talks to Theresa Coyne about DarkLand's journey into dark Irish folklore at the National Leprechaun Museum

Night At The Leprechaun Museum, Dublin

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Leprechaun Museums Darkland
CHRIS RUSH tells us about his night spent surrounded by dark Irish folklore at Dublin's Leprechaun Museum

The Legend of Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

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Mitchells-Fold-Circle
PHILIP DAVIES tells of us the mystery surrounding Mitchell's Fold Circle in Shropshire...

Top 10 most disturbing Welsh folk legends

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals some of Wales' most disturbing folk legends...

Cursing Stones, the mysterious altar for revenge in Ireland

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Cursing stones have been used to exact revenge throughout Ireland for centuries. CHRIS RUSH takes a closer look.

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Shrewsbury: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Shrewsbury is an ancient, medieval town with a spooky, haunted feel. Here are 5 of its most haunted places to visit.