Tehi-Tegi the Enchantress

“With lips of rosy hue, Dipp’d five times over in ambrosial dew, She led them to their destruction.”~ Old Poet. Long hundreds of years ago there was a witch in the island who made herself the finest and cleverest looking

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The Submerged Island

There was supposed to be a submerged island near Port Soderick which appeared every seven years: “Many a time and oft had Nora Cain heard her old grandsire relate the tradition of the enchanted island at Port Soderick, while sitting

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The Great Wheel

This photograph shows a large flat wheel rim made of cleft ash with hand shaped oak spokes. The table of the wheel is made of cleft oak and the four pine legs are probably replacements. The great wheel was one

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Angel of the Woods

She walks, white-gowned, amid the glades of fir Hushed by the music of the breeze among The fretted leaves, one bird her chorister, At hour of evensong.   Her robin sings upon a budding thorn His vesper hymn, while in

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Ailing Cows

In the case of animals ailing, herbs had to be boiled in some of their milk. This was supposed to produce wonderful results, described as follows by a man living at a place on the way from Castletown up South

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A Fairy Greeting

“Themselves” upon the mountains. “Themselves” that haunt the plain, That sparkle through the fountains And laugh among the rain. Greeting! Greeting! Singing in the rain, Laughing in the mountains Greet you once again. (by Josephine Kermode, from Manx Melodies (1922);

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The Old Man

They tell you that Castle Rushen on the Isle of Man was at first inhabited by fairies and afterwards by giants, who continued in possession of it till the days of Merlin. Merlin, who by force of magic, dislodged the

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Three Elements

Old people say that in the beginning there were three elements – Water, Air and Fire. Water, they say, was the first to be made and will be the last to go, at the end of all things. It was

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Völva, a Shamanic Seeress

A Völva or Vǫlva is a shamanic seeress in Norse paganism and a recurring motif in Norse mythology. The Old Norse word vǫlva means “wand carrier” or “carrier of a magic staff”. Collectively they are known as Völur. A spákona

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The Phynodderee

Phynodderee/Fenodyree is sometimes used as a proper name and sometimes as the name of a class of beings, the latter of which is a hairy little creature, a sort of sprite or fairy in the folklore around the Isle of

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