Tag: Superstitions

The Badger in Superstition and Spellcraft

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The Badger in Superstition and Spellcraft
Badgers are entrenched in British and Irish Folklore with many believing they have supernatural power, says HELEN JR BRUCE

The Trickster Fox in British Folklore

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Fox folklore superstitions
Foxes play a key role in British folklore and superstition. HELEN JR BRUCE reveals the magic of these sly creatures...

10 Rat Superstitions and Folklore You Didn’t Know

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Rats have always been surrounded by folklore, says CALLUM CAMPBELL. Here are 10 rat superstitions for you to gnaw on!

Bee superstition: A matter of life and death

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bee superstition
Bees are part of life in the British Isles, and part of darkness and death. GAYLE FIDLER tells local bee superstition.

Fire-gazing folklore: A guide seeing through the flames

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CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about the folklore of fire-gazing

Britain’s strangest food-related superstitions

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CLAIRE BARRAND discusses folklore in the kitchen and the rules we must follow to ensure we don't have back luck!

Beltane in Wales: How to Celebrate Welsh May Day

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May Day Rituals
CLAIRE BARRAND explains the superstitions and customs of Beltane in Wales, the Gaelic May Day festival...

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 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...

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

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Black Cat
ANN MASSEY reveals some strange and wonderful superstitions surrounding black cats through the centuries...

13 Irish Superstitions You Need To Know!

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

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.

Ladybirds Superstitions: The Luckiest of Beetles!

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Ladybirds are aplenty at the moment. CLAIRE BARRAND takes a look at the folklore and superstition surrounding these magical little beetles

What happened on Friday the 13th July, 1894?

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Friday the 13th July 1894 was a miserably unlucky day, reports ANDREW GARVEY

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

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Friday the 13th
PAUL MOYNIHAN takes a look at the origins of Friday the 13th and why it's considered unlucky!

Changelings Fairies, The Darker Side of Irish Fairy Lore

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Welsh Changeling
ANN MASSEY gives us some tips on protecting our infants from being swapped for Changelings!

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