A Treasury of British Folklore

A Treasury of British Folklore

Author: Dee Dee Chainey

Publisher: National Trust

ISBN: 9781911358565

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

View: 641

An entertaining and engrossing collection of British customs, superstitions and legends from past and present. Did you know, in Cumbria it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon’s feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses? In Scotland it was thought you could ward off fairies by hanging your trousers from the foot of the bed, and in Gloucestershire you could cure warts by cutting notches in the bark of an ash tree. You’ve heard about King Arthur and St George, but how about the Green Man, a vegetative deity who is seen to symbolise death and rebirth? Or Black Shuck, the giant ghostly dog who was reputed to roam East Anglia? In this beautifully illustrated book, Dee Dee Chainey tells tales of mountains and rivers, pixies and fairy folk, and witches and alchemy. She explores how British culture has been shaped by the tales passed between generations, and by the land that we live on. As well as looking at the history of this subject, this book lists the places you can go to see folklore alive and well today. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival in Cambridgeshire or the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Staffordshire for example, or wassailing cider orchards in Somerset.

A Treasury of British Folklore

A Treasury of British Folklore

Author: Dee Dee Chainey

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications

ISBN: 9781911358398

Category: History

Page: 0

View: 666

An entertaining and engrossing collection of British customs, superstitions and legends from past and present. Did you know, in Cumbria it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon’s feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses? In Scotland it was thought you could ward off fairies by hanging your trousers from the foot of the bed, and in Gloucestershire you could cure warts by cutting notches in the bark of an ash tree.You’ve heard about King Arthur and St George, but how about the Green Man, a vegetative deity who is seen to symbolise death and rebirth? Or Black Shuck, the giant ghostly dog who was reputed to roam East Anglia?In this beautifully illustrated book, Dee Dee Chainey tells tales of mountains and rivers, pixies and fairy folk, and witches and alchemy. She explores how British culture has been shaped by the tales passed between generations, and by the land that we live on.As well as looking at the history of this subject, this book lists the places you can go to see folklore alive and well today. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival in Cambridgeshire or the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Staffordshire for example, or wassailing cider orchards in Somerset.

Treasury of Folklore – Seas and Rivers

Treasury of Folklore – Seas and Rivers

Author: Dee Dee Chainey

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 1849946590

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 348

Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash. This fascinating book covers English sailor superstitions and shape-shifting pink dolphins of the Amazon, Scylla and Charybdis, the many guises of Mami Wata, the tale of the Yoruba River spirit, the water horses of the Scottish lochs, the infamous mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and much more. Accompanied by stunning woodcut illustrations, popular authors Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham explore the deep history and enduring significance of water folklore the world over, from mermaids, selkies and sirens to ghostly ships and the fountains of youth. With this book, Folklore Thursday aims to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.

Treasury of Folklore – Seas and Rivers

Treasury of Folklore – Seas and Rivers

Author: Dee Dee Chainey

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849947053

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

View: 454

Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash. This fascinating book covers English sailor superstitions and shape-shifting pink dolphins of the Amazon, Scylla and Charybdis, the many guises of Mami Wata, the tale of the Yoruba River spirit, the water horses of the Scottish lochs, the infamous mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and much more. Accompanied by stunning woodcut illustrations, popular authors Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham explore the deep history and enduring significance of water folklore the world over, from mermaids, selkies and sirens to ghostly ships and the fountains of youth. With this book, Folklore Thursday aims to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.

Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests

Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests

Author: Dee Dee Chainey

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849947404

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

View: 210

An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world. From the dark, gnarled woodlands of the north, to the humid jungles of the southern lands, trees have captured humanity’s imagination for millennia. Filled with primal gods and goddesses, dryads and the fairy tales of old, the forests still beckon to us, offering sanctuary, mystery and more than a little mischievous trickery. From insatiable cannibalistic children hewn from logs, to lumberjack lore, and the spine-chilling legend of Bloody Mary, there is much to be found between the branches. Come into the trees; witches, seductive spirits and big, bad wolves await you. With this book, Folklore Thursday aim to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.

Britain Revealed

Britain Revealed

Author: Diana Cordea

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9786158179386

Category: History

Page: 270

View: 144

Why do Brits call their flag a "Jack"? How did the leek become a symbol of Wales? Does the Tube run 24/7? Who was the Widow of Windsor? Can you take part in a coronation? What was a Greenwood marriage? Was the Giant's Causeway built by an Irish giant? Which British literary figures won the Nobel Prize for Literature? How can you register a record in the Guinness Book of Records? What is the emergency phone number in the UK? Providing well-organised material on the UK's history, geography, literature, royalty and society, Diana Cordea's "Britain Revealed" is a condensed and easy to read book about all things British. It is an excellent user-friendly reference for prospective visitors to the UK, Anglophiles, or readers wishing to know and understand popular British culture. Most importantly, "Britain Revealed" is aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language, who wish to make their English and optional classes more exciting. The plethora of information provided in this comprehensive teaching aid can be adapted to various levels of language proficiency and can be used in various classroom activities. Focusing on essential questions concerning British culture and civilisation, this volume is also attractive to learners, who will thus have the opportunity of brushing up on their English in a versatile and practical way.

A Witch for Every Season

A Witch for Every Season

Author: Rachel Patterson

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738771625

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 319

View: 427

Enjoy a Month-By-Month Journey of Seasonal Magic Create your own year of celebrations, inspired by the seasons and a wide variety of festivities. Learn how to honour the energies of each month with spells, rituals, meditations, recipes, moon magic, altar decorating, and other activities. Going beyond traditional sabbats, this book introduces you to more than eighty events throughout the year, including those with Pagan, Christian, national, and local roots. Build a large bonfire for Beltane, cast a shell into the ocean on Tynwald Day, carve a beet for Punkie Night, and cook pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Featuring celebrations like St. David's Day, Walpurgis Night, Summer Solstice, World Goddess Day, All Soul's Eve, and Saturnalia, this book ensures that you'll have a magical journey around the sun.

Llewellyn's 2022 Magical Almanac

Llewellyn's 2022 Magical Almanac

Author: Llewellyn

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738767598

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 305

Explore new ways to deepen your magical practice with Llewellyn's 2022 Magical Almanac. For more than thirty years, this almanac has provided useful spells, rituals, and ideas that inspire all levels of practitioners to improve their connection to magical energies and elements. This year's edition features dozens of compelling articles, grouped by element, on staff making, magical reversals, the history and use of the pentacle, how to create a magical threshold, third eye opening, spirit houses, healing waters, frog magic, and more. You'll also be treated to a fantastic coloring section with coloring pages, color correspondences, and two spells to be used with the coloring pages.

Courting the Wild Twin

Courting the Wild Twin

Author: Martin Shaw

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603589505

Category: Psychology

Page: 145

View: 217

"Myth is our wild way of telling the truth, of sharing stories that have our living earth speaking through them. There is an old insistence that we each have a twin we know nothing about. A wild, curious twin that was thrown out the window the night we were born, taking much of our energy with them. This story is a quest to find and court our wild twin, for they have something important to tell us. If there was something we were here to do in our few, brief years, we can be sure that the wild twin is holding the key. In Courting the Wild Twin, Martin Shaw, an accomplished storyteller and scholar of myth and oral tradition, explores two ancient myths concerned with the wild twin and shares how vital they are to our ability to confront challenges with purpose, courage and creativity. Myths are our secret weapon. They have a radical agency of beauty in our age of amnesia, an agency far beyond concept and polemic"--

Magical Faery Plants

Magical Faery Plants

Author: Sandra Kynes

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738770420

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 381

View: 532

Build Relationships with Faeries and Connect with Nature on a Deep, Soul Level The natural world is integral to our spiritual and magical lives and the lives of faeries and nature spirits. With this book, you'll discover how plants bridge the worlds and help us work with these extraordinary beings. Drawing from folklore, history, and personal experience, Sandra Kynes teaches you all about faery magic and the unique ways that plants enhance your connection to the fae. This comprehensive guide presents over one hundred profiles of common and obscure plants associated with faeries and nature spirits. Grow bracken fern to attract faeries to your property. Hold a small bundle of vervain to help you communicate with nature spirits. Set out a bowl of blackberries as a token of friendship. With hands-on activities and exercises, this book shows you how to journey to faeryland, conduct dreamwork, and heal both yourself and the planet.

The British Traditional Ballad in North America

The British Traditional Ballad in North America

Author: Tristram Potter Coffin

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292735071

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 819

Tristram Potter Coffin's The British Traditional Ballad in North America, published in 1950, became recognized as the standard reference to the published material on the Child ballad in North America. Centering on the theme of story variation, the book examines ballad variation in general, treats the development of the traditional ballad into an art form, and provides a bibliographical guide to story variation as well as a general bibliography of titles referred to in the guide. Roger deV. Renwick's supplement to The British Traditional Ballad in North America provides a thorough review of all sources of North American ballad materials published from 1963, the date of the last revision of the original volume, to 1977. The references, which include published text fragments and published title lists of items in archival collections, are arranged according to each ballad's story variations. Textual and thematic comparisons among ballads in the British and American tradition are made throughout. In his introductory essay Renwick synthesizes the various theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of variation that have appeared in scholarly publications since 1963 and provides examples from texts referred to in the bibliographical guide itself. The supplement, like its parent work, is an invaluable reference tool for the study of variation in ballad form, content, and style. Together with the reprinted text of the 1963 edition, the supplement provides an exhaustive bibliography to the literature on the British traditional ballad in North America.