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The White Cat

One night in the back-end of the year, when the dim was coming on middling early, my father was going to shut the door, when he noticed a thing like a big white cat sitting out in the street. He

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The Manx Fairy Pig

There was once a little fairy pig that lived in the hills beyond Colby with his mother and his six brothers. His name was Shiaght, which means Seven, and his brothers were called Nane, Jees, Tree, Kiare, Quieg and Shey,

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The Manx Pony

A Descendant of the British Prehistoric Horse… “The Manx breed (of horses) are low and little…A reasonable tall man needs no stirrups to ascend him; but, being mounted, no man need to desire a better travelling beast.” ~ Blundell, 1648.

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The Use of Dust in Magic

A hare, or rather a Witch in the shape of a hare, was crossing a field and stood still to stare at a team of horses employed in ploughing, when, to the horror of the ploughman, they instantly dropped dead

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More Manx Folklore on Cats

More Manx folklore on cats… • I have heard of an old woman shutting the black cat in the cupboard to make stormy weather. • A family that kept a black cat without a speck of any other colour would

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Manx Nursery Tale – The Story of the Little Kid

There was once a little, little man, and a little, little woman, and a little, little house, and a little, little dog. The man, the woman, and the dog went to market and bought a little kid. On the way

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Pigs and the Moon

In the Animal Folklore of the Isle of Man there is a notion that pigs have a tendency to grow fatter or leaner according as the moon is waxing or waning. A relation is also understood to exist between the

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The Fairy Saddle

Manx Fairies seem to have been especially fond of the chase. If a horse were found in his stall wet with perspiration – for which no particular reason could be given – it would be said that he must have

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The Devil’s Den

About a league and a half from Barrule, there is a hole in the earth, just at the foot of the mountain, which they call “The Devil’s Den.” They tell you that, in the days of enchantment, persons were there

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Goats in Isle of Man Folklore

The practice of letting a goat accompany flocks and herds at pasture was favoured in the Isle of Man. It is said to be followed still on a few farms. The goat’s presence was believed to have a beneficial effect

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