The Three-headed Giant

Once upon a time there landed at the Lhane river a number of Danes, who took possession of that part of the Island. Amongst them was a huge monster of a man with three heads, who officiated as their parson,

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On Death in Isle of Man Folklore

• Before 1594, when it was forbidden by Statue, it was customary to carry bells and banners before the dead. • There were formerly crosses on the roads leading to the parish churches. When funerals passed, the corpse was usually

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The Burnt Besom

The following story was told last year by a man who is now living: “One morning as he was returning from courting – courting it should be mentioned was, and still is in the country districts, carried on at night

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Divination with Lead

A woman whom I knew in Ramsey, Mrs. C., practiced for her own benefit, and for others without payment, a method which is employed in England also.  She melted lead in a pan over the kitchen fire and dropped it

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Fire in Isle of Man Folklore

The importance attributed to keeping the Manx home-fires burning reappears in the apocryphal “law” believed to regulate squatters on other men’s land. If, after sufficient materials for four walls and a roof have been collected in readiness, a dwelling-house can

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