Earth of Three Boundaries

This is earth from a spot where three land boundaries (ooir ny tree cagleeyn) meet which was sprinkled on a person afflicted with the evil eye. It was considered one of the best of remedies. The earth from cross-four-ways or

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A Kirk Bride Well Charm

In the rugged matrix of George Quarrie’s uncollected verses lurks a rite used in connection with a Well on Kionlough. “A young man has been found lying unconscious, and cannot be restored to his senses. At last old Betty from

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The Virtues of Ashes & Salt

In many divinations, the Dark Powers are expected to transmit their verdict or message through certain materials which, by their magical associations, are peculiarly fit for the purpose: ashes which retain something of the still-living dead, or ashes of the

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The Significance of Fire

To keep the home fires burning… In the Isle of Man the element takes on a two-sided significance. By fire the Island was discovered for men’s use and misuse, and by fire it has ever since been prevented from reverting

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Lament of the Old Horse’s Ghost

Ye horses all, who may pass by This spot where rest my bones, Behold my head, which once was high, Now bleaching ‘mongst these stones.I was a horse of note and fame Some thirty years ago, Before the king of

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Mermen

The Manx fishermen, when out on the sea, used to call the merman ‘yn guilley beg‘ (the little boy). This was his ‘haaf‘, or sea name, by which alone he was allowed to be alluded to on the sea; his

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Cornish Feasts & Folklore

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Cornish Feasts and Folklore (1890). Available in various formats including PDF, Kindle or view it online. Download here http://bit.ly/1b8ZRMZ.

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Irish Folk Stories

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Beside the Fire: a collection of Irish Gaelic folk stories (1890). (In Irish & English) Available in various formats including PDF, Kindle or view it online. Download here http://bit.ly/1a5fFmo.

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Poems from the Book of Taliesin

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Poems from the Book of Taliesin (1915). In Welsh & English. 236 pages. Available in various formats including PDF, Kindle or view it online. Download here http://bit.ly/1aJ06Uf Artwork by Mark Zug.

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A Mother’s Lament

They’ve took me li’l boy – me li’l Johnny – What for did they take a li’l chile? When the sun gives a glint through the winders I’m thinkin’ I’m seein’ him smile. Then the win’ roun’ the dhure gives

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