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Alby writes in a clear way about a complex subject, injecting an occasional glimpse of humour. For anyone interested in Germanic mythology, Indo-European culture and shamanism this book is an essential addition to your reading lists.' White Dragon Eexplore Fairy Traditions draws on legends, ballads and testimony from throughout Britain and Ireland to reveal what the fairies were really like. It looks at changelings, brownies, demon lovers, the fairy host, and abduction into the Otherworld. Stories and motifs are followed down the centuries to reveal the changing nature of fairy lore, as it was told to famous figures like W.B. Yeats and Sir Walter Scott. All the research is based on primary sources and many errors about fairy tradition are laid to rest. I have however, drawn a line in the sand against using anything which is racist, antisemitic or homophobic – although you will find a few of our humorous chants which counter the homophobic abuse we sometimes hear on our travels.” Many Celtic tales of exile and loss anticipate modem dilemmas of alienation but offer ways of understanding such difficulties without pathologising them. Individuals are seen in their social context and, in contrast, madness is identified with loneliness and isolation. The traditional stories describe how appropriate narratives help restore integrity and identity. These life-cycle narratives and concepts of identity are more complex and less fixed than psychoanalytic narratives which, by comparison, seem contrived or impoverished.

Watch the start of a talk by Bob Trubshaw about Singing Up the Country on YouTube. Filmed at Megalithomania 2012, Glastonbury UK by Pentos TV. Before maps were commonplace people had been getting from place to place successfully for many millennia. How did they find their way? A wealth of material has been gathered here, and it has been well digested before being compiled into this book. It is a very useful reference book for those of us who are interested in the water element in general and in wells in particular. I found it both inspirational and interesting […] an excellent book' The author's soft spot for the Socratic Method ensures a wide variety of topics – most of them decidedly arcane – emerge during numerous evening discussions in the Le Strange Arms, or between 'The PM' and 'The Management' as they go about their day-to-day business. Stonehenge Celebration and Subversion contains an extraordinary story. Anyone who imagines Stonehenge to be nothing but an old fossil should read this and worry. [This book is] ... the most complete, well-illustrated analysis of Stonehenge's mysterious world of Druids, travellers, pagans and party-goers'.Everything about pilgrimage was about recalling previous events and people, emphasising their meaning and significance for people who were making the pilgrimage. In consequence little about pilgrimage is straightforward. Instead we should think of a great complexity of interwoven ideas. This PDF edition of Meet the Dragon was prepared in 2015 by kind permission of Bill's literary executor, Joanne Harman. Several typing mistakes and inconsistencies with punctuation in the printed edition have been amended. However the wording and pagination remains the same as the 1996 booklet. Etymology [ edit ] The Codex Vatopedinus's Ptolemy's map of the British Isles, labelled " Ἀλουΐων" ( Alouíōn, "Albion") and Ἰουερνία ( Iouernía, " Hibernia"). c. 1300 Sadly there will not be a Haunted Landscapes series Volume Two or whatever as Charles Christian died suddenly at the end of September 2022. Explore Folklore shows there is much more to folklore than morris dancing and fifty-something folksingers! The rituals of 'what we do on our holidays', funerals, stag nights and 'lingerie parties' are all full of 'unselfconsious' folk customs. Indeed, folklore is something that is integral to all our lives – it is so intrinsic we do not think of it as being 'folklore'.

In the days before TV screens mediated between man and animal, no encounter inspired more terror than coming eyeball-to-eyeball with a dragon. Its fiery, poisonous, crushing power seemed to guarantee victory. In England pilgrimage was effectively killed off in the late 1530s when Henry VIII destroyed all the shrines which had been the pilgrims' destinations. However a combination of circumstances led to revival during the twentieth century and pilgrimage is once again part of both religious practice in England, straddling denominations and faiths. On the face of things medieval pilgrimage seems straightforward. People set out, usually along well-established routes, to visit the shrines of saints. The significance of the saints were retold in legends. The routes themselves linked together secondary shrines, suitable resting places and hostelries, and as such would have their own 'legends' – both secular and sacred. This is a well-written and well-researched study of a fascinating subject and is highly recommended.' This essay is intended to be both an investigation of Anglo-Saxon worldviews and also to offer inspiration for modern day rituals.He said: “It was fascinating how they developed, particularly in the 1990s when we were losing the ground, the nature of the chants became far more acerbic and aggressive towards Belotti and Archer and co.

Interest in this aspect of our sacred heritage has been growing since the publication of Janet Bord's first book on holy wells over twenty years ago. Many holy wells have now been restored, and the modern visitor may still experience a quiet communion with the spirit of the place, and come away spiritually uplifted. For this book Janet Bord has sought out three hundred of the surviving holy wells of England, Wales and Scotland that are most rewarding to visit, and she recounts their histories and traditions in the light of current historical research. Mothers' Union Banners: A neglected British 'folk art' is provisional publication encouraging people to document the Mothers' Union banners which can be found in most parish churches, and discover how they fit into the broader social history of the Church of England, the Arts and Crafts Movement and women's suffrage. While some are commissioned from specialist ecclesiastical needlework providers, most were designed and made by the members of the Mothers' Union branch. They seem to make up a body of work where 'folkloric transmission' dominates the designs and motifs.In 1914 the outbreak of war caused many men from Sapcote to enlist in the armed services. More were to follow over the next four years. One of the consequences was that women were required to do many jobs that had previously been done by their menfolk. There's a sense of wonder throughout, of tapping into something old and mysterious in our heritage. It was almost lost, but the last few decades have seen a revival of interest in such wells. This book forms a part of our increasing knowledge base about them and encourages us to get to know them more. I am inspired to visit more wells, especially those local to me, and to begin to really get to know them much better than I do now. filled with poems, drawings, personal reflections, lyrics and collages, and is a powerfully compelling collection.

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