The Three Wonders of Manann – The Third

The third Wonder, the stone which moved at night and always returned to its chosen spot, is no longer in Onchan, but there are people still living in the village who remember it in the last phase of its history.

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The Sounds of Infinity

On Dalby mountain the old Manx people used to put their ears to the earth at ‘Sheean ny Feaynid’ (the Sounds of Infinity), to hear sounds which were like murmurs. They thought these sounds came from beings in space; for

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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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The Skeab Lome

The curse and ritual of the Skeab Lome (Besom of Destruction) does not appear to have an exact parallel in any other nation’s folklore, though the association of the broom plant with witchcraft has been widespread. In some parts of

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The Oural Losht

The purifying virtue of fire was often used to destroy the malignant power present in a dead or dying animal, and so prevent further misfortune, and to discover the person whose Evil Eye or charm-making was responsible for the loss.

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A Manx Wedding

A Manx wedding is one of the traditional social occasions of which the memory has not been allowed to die on the Island. Life is not now always recognisably Manx, far from it, but from time to time there is

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Peculiar Laws & Customs

Bishop Wilson tells us in his ‘History of the Isle of Man’ that “there are a great many laws and Customs which are peculiar to this place and singular” in his time (1697-1755): – The eldest daughter (if there be

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A Crow’s Wedding

A wedding with none of the bride’s relatives in attendance was called a ‘Crow’s Wedding’ and there is the following rhyme: The little wedding of the crow Went over the road, Without mother and father, Or sister and brother. Poosey

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Ash for Luck

Things which are simply lucky or unlucky in a general way are almost innumerable but I have seen no mention of what is called the “even ash,” a twig which bears, exceptionally, an even number of leaves. This is lucky

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Penny Weddings

When the marrying couple were in poor circumstances it was the custom to leave a dollan (sieve) in an unobtrusive but convenient spot in the kitchen and into this every guest dropped a penny towards defraying the cost of their

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