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With 1250 entries starting from dragons to mom Goose, may perhaps Day to Michaelmas, this enthralling dictionary unfurls the colourful heritage at the back of the vacations, customs, legends, and superstitious ideals of britain. Ever ask yourself why we kiss lower than the mistletoe at Christmas or imagine a rabbit's foot brings reliable success? folklore experts offer trustworthy and infrequently outstanding solutions to those and different curiosities that experience formed way of life in England for hundreds of years. They discover the gala's and earlier 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 snap shots 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 some of the supernatural forces surveyed right here. although, as folklore encompasses the mundane in addition to the wonderful, a variety of different entries light up the importance of colours, numbers, vegetation, animals, and loved ones gadgets. examine the curious heritage in the back of our mistrust of the "black sheep," well known credence in "wishbone" needs, folks therapies for nosebleeds and warts, and protracted outdated other halves' stories. as well as historic and medieval folklore, you can find many modern city legends, e.g., the vanishing hitchhiker--a spooky determine visible ominously by means of tourists in Britain and the United States--and the teeth Fairy. An interesting source, The Dictionary of English Folklore could be a desirable significant other for readers of English literature, background, cultural experiences, and delusion.

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The tale usually concludes Beltane by saying that it can still sometimes be heard ringing underwater. Legends about *churches or wicked villages submerged or swallowed up as a *judgement also often include this final detail; so do some traditions about real medieval villages lost through coastal erosion, for example at Dunwich (Suffolk). Tom Ingram, Bells in England (1954); Camp, 1988. Beltane. This word, variously spelled and meaning ‘bright fire’ or ‘lucky fire’, is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name for *May Day, and is particularly associated with the custom of lighting *bonfires on the eve of the feast, to protect cattle from witchcraft.

As opposed to fox/hare/staghunting, angling, and grouse shooting, the historical pattern for each of the popular sports is broadly similar. From the earliest records to about the middle of the 18th century, they were an accepted part of English life, both rural and urban. Admittedly, the Puritans had tried to ban some of them, and there were individual voices speaking out against cruelty, but on the whole Church, State, local authority, and the social élite either supported or at least accepted them, and the general people revelled in them.

On at least one occasion, in Scotland in 1595, a magistrate who was helping the teacher gain access to the school was shot dead by one of the pupils. Not surprisingly, local authorities waged a continual war against such activities and gradually succeeded in taming and, eventually, eliminating the custom. Rex Cathcart, History Today (Dec. 1988), 49–5; Chambers, 1878: i. 238–9; Brand, 1849: i. 441–54; Hone, 1832: 653–4; N&Q 187 (1944), 37, 83–4, 218–19. barrows. Prehistoric burial mounds commonly attract legends.

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