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The Manx Lia Fáil or Stone of Destiny

A monarchy under a feudal system was a political machine from which the element of free choice was as far as possible eliminated. A ruler, whether king or lord, ruled by right of primogeniture, where all authority passed to the

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The Crosh Vushta (Mustering Cross)

The Crosh Vushta or mustering cross was the means by which the country was raised to defend it and stern were the rules that governed its use. The assembling token was in the form of a wooden cross, and is

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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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Three Moons

The three moons in the fall of the year would be called: Re-Hollys Mooar yn Ouyr, the Harvest Moon to ripen corn; Re-Hollys mooar my Cabbil, The Great Moonshine Horse, after which the horses would have to be housed at

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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 Significance of Fire

To keep the home fires burning… In the Isle of Man the element takes on a two-sided significance. By fire the Island was discovered for men’s use and misuse, and by fire it has ever since been prevented from reverting

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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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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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