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By Jacqueline Simpson

ISBN-10: 019210019X

ISBN-13: 9780192100191

With 1250 entries starting from dragons to mom Goose, may perhaps Day to Michaelmas, this enthralling dictionary unfurls the colourful background in the back of the vacations, customs, legends, and superstitious ideals of britain. Ever ask yourself why we kiss less than the mistletoe at Christmas or imagine a rabbit's foot brings strong good fortune? folklore gurus offer trustworthy and sometimes staggering solutions to those and different curiosities that experience formed everyday life in England for hundreds of years. They discover the gala's and prior celebrations of the English calendar, from St. Andrews Day and its culture of drunkenness and cross-dressing to 12th evening and its king and queen cake. additionally they offer concise photographs of actual and mythical characters that populate the general public reminiscence, together with Robin Hood, The Brothers Grimm, girl Godiva, Puck, and The Sandman. Fairies, mermaids, hobgoblins, and changelings are yet the various supernatural forces surveyed right here. notwithstanding, as folklore encompasses the mundane in addition to the glorious, a variety of different entries remove darkness from the importance of colours, numbers, flora, animals, and family items. study the curious historical past at the back of our mistrust of the "black sheep," well known credence in "wishbone" needs, people therapies for nosebleeds and warts, and protracted outdated other halves' stories. as well as historical and medieval folklore, you can find many modern city legends, e.g., the vanishing hitchhiker--a spooky determine obvious ominously by means of tourists in Britain and the United States--and the teeth Fairy. An interesting source, The Dictionary of English Folklore should be a desirable better half for readers of English literature, historical past, cultural experiences, and delusion.

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She made little attempt to publish her collection, but her manuscripts were eventually donated to the *English Folk Dance and Song Society and are now housed in the *Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Michael Pickering, Village Song and Culture (1982); Michael Pickering, FMJ 3:2 (1976), 114–57. boar’s head. Bringing in the boar’s head, on a huge plate, was a potent symbol of old *Christmas on a grand scale, popular with Victorian illustrators to evoke a *Merrie England tradition. It survives at Queen’s College, Oxford, but certainly existed elsewhere; for example at the Inns of Court, St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, and St John’s College, Cambridge.

Close the book birds 23 and bind it with string. Two people hold up the Bible with their forefingers under the key. As the names of probable lovers are recited, the key will turn at the right name. The only difference when trying to discover a thief is that Psalm 1: 18 is chosen. For removing a spell, place the key on two crossed sticks—one of yew, the other of mountain ash, place them on the text Ephesians 6: 13–15 ‘Put on the whole armour’. Read these verses nine times and at each repetition a small tear is made in a piece of white paper.

Beast of Bodmin, see *alien big cats. Beating the Bounds. The custom of perambulating the parish boundaries, or Beating the Bounds as it is usually called now, thus had a very necessary practical purpose, and the curious practices associated with the event were also usually of practical utility. Perambulations usually took place at *Rogationtide and involved both religious and secular officials, as the boundary custom had been grafted on to a much older one of religious processions on *Ascension Day.

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