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The Hand of Glory

I’ve never herd of this before, though I’ve had the Bloody Hand of Ulster pointed out to me in a few old buildngs. This is from Highways & Byways in Yorkshire, citing the Folklore Society “Wild and varied as I know the superstitions of my native country to be, I must plead guilty to some … Continue reading

Brazilian Commerce and Superstition

This is from the i in early March: This is from the i in early March: Once the richest man in Brazil, Eike Batista is claimed to have resorted to one of the oldest superstitious rituals in the world to rebuild his billion-pound empire: throwing money into the biggest wishing well he could find – … Continue reading

Fairies of Northwick Water

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border, Northwick Water, too, as well as Slitrig, was famed for its fairies – and for worse than fairies, if one may judge by the name given to a deep pool; the Deil’s Pool, it is called, a place to be shunned by youthful fishers. …Higher up … Continue reading

A Poor Woman Bewitched

This is another piece from Highways & Byways in The Border: It was up in Teviot, in the days when witches flourished, that a poor woman lived, whose end was rather more merciless than that inflicted on most other kind. A man’s horse and died suddenly – elf-struck or overlooked by a witch of course. … Continue reading

A Changeling at Minto, Scotland

This is another piece from Highways & Byways in The Border: Here at Minto, if credence in the reality of Fairies no longer lingers amongst the  people – one of the writers of this volume records… that he found traces of the belief not very many years ago still surviving Flooded Edge,- at least but … Continue reading

Murder at Billy Castle

This is from Highways & Byways in the Borders: In his “Scottish Rivers”, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder sites of Billy Castle as the scene of a grisly tale connected with the Homes. He tells how, to the best of his reckoning about a century prior to the date he wrote, an old lady of that … Continue reading

French Satanism

Here’s an article from JStor on a surprisingly recent outbreak of superstitious belief and accusations in fin de siecle France. It’s interesting on several levels, because it involves men rather than women, because duelling is involved, which had died out almost 2 centuries before in Britain. It sort of links in with mesmerism, with telegraphy, … Continue reading

An Unusual Methodist

Here’s another snippet from ‘Old Oak’. Methodists were widely disliked by Anglicans for stealing their flock, and for their ‘enthusiams’ The first part makes me wonder how many hauntings are the result of such a prank. Stories of headless horsemen were spread by smugglers in the West Country to keep people indoors at night when … Continue reading

Pre-Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is celebrated in the States on 2 February, when the said beast emerges from winter hibernation. If he sees his shadow, this foretells the imminent end of winter. If he sees his shadow due to the wether being bright, he runs back underground and winter will continue for 6 more weeks. But the … Continue reading

Modern Witchcraft

Here is another excerpt from The Year of the Wombat, describing life in the year 1857: “At Stafford Assizes,  [24 March], a trial was opened which gave The Times leader-writer a momentary break from politics: “This is the 24th of March, 1857. Men can go to New York in 10 days, and communicate with Constantinople … Continue reading