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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The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

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Traditional Manx Cottage

There is an old Manx cottage in Spaldrick, which I wish to choose as a type that has been inhabited in succession by four generations of a very long-lived family (who reached the age of ninety), and is said to

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19th Century Food & Drink

“On Sundays we used to have Manx broth, porridge and milk, potatoes and herrings, and in the morning sollaghyn for breakfast, which was made of porridge and meat broth. On Saturday night we took binjean, milk turned to crud (curd)

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Dance Horse, Dance!

A witch, or anyone knowing the necessary charm, or even the right pronunciation of the Manx word “giense!” (dance), could, as easily as the ringmaster in the circus, make a horse rear up and revolve on his hind legs. (source:

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Mountains and Hills

The Isle of Man contains 12 peaks which stand at over 1,500 ft. All of these except for South Barrule (which is found in the south) are found in the central range which spans the region between the central valley

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