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Dr Jo Ball Jul 18
In the world Britain was a mysterious & frightening island, the furthest land in the world, & unprotected by the gods. As late as the C6thAD, some Roman writers thought Scotland was so environmentally hostile that no human could survive there
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ELijAH BARNS Jul 18
A family of werewolves were said to occupy an island on Loch Langavat in the Outer Hebrides. Although long deceased, they promised to rise if their graves were ever disturbed. 🐾🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
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Robert Macfarlane Jul 17
Words of the : "The Wild Hunt" - a recurring story across European folklore, telling of a ghostly host of hunters & hounds racing across the sky, bringing blessings, life, or––more often––catastrophe. The creaking overflight of geese, heard at night...
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Icy Sedgwick Jul 18
In Greek legends, the head of Orpheus washed up on the island of Lesbos. He continued to sing and the Lesbians created a shrine for it in a cave. Eventually he became more popular than the oracles of Lesbos! (Image by John William Waterhouse)
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Flamenco Nut ❄️ Jul 18
Old Malay and Dayak lore held the belief that live plants had souls; ripening cereals were seen as with child, so carefully tended. In the fields there was to be no talk of death or demons, lest the grain suffer distress and miscarry Batik painting; Gusti Sujana
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Icy Sedgwick Jul 18
The clematis! Other varieties have more sinister meanings, but this one represents ingenuity since it happily climbs walls and trellises. Some believe it represents mental beauty.
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Coffin Boffin Jul 18
THE SHADOWY WATERS, 1904. Folklorist & poet W. B. Yeats, wrote of an island of women who cast no shadows & manifest as woman-headed birds, discovered by a ghost ship of undead sailors near the world's end. Yeats read about vampires during his occult phase
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M.J. Fahy Jul 18
When King Arthur was dying,he was placed on a barge that carried him to Avalon, where the sword Excalibur was forged. Some see Avalon as Glastonbury Tor, which is often surrounded by mist & looks like an island floating above the land. (photo: Artur Szczeszek)
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Maria J Pérez Cuervo Jul 18
The Island of the Hand of Satan (or Island of Satanazes) was thought to be in the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Azores. According to the legend, the hand of Satan emerged from the Sea of Darkness to drag sailors to the bottom of the sea.
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National Museums Scotland Library Jul 18
On the Isle of Skye there is a special relic known as the Fairy Flag. One legend says this flag was gifted to the MacLeod Clan Chief by the Fairy Queen. The flag can only be used 3 times. So far it has been used twice and is now kept safe
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Cunning Folk Jul 18
The word 'Rabbit' is taboo on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. You can say 'Bunny', or 'long-eared furry thing' but not 'Rabbit.' A friend of mine, who is a foreman, has forbidden the builders from using the word on site as any Portlanders will down tools.
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Ailish Sinclair Jul 18
The Trial Stone on the Isle of Skye. If the accused could put their finger in the hole located on the stone while blindfold they were innocent. The stone is undoubtedly far older than this use; it is also known as the Priest Stone and the Heaven Stone.
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Mark Rees Jul 18
The Llanddona Witches of Anglesey had a curse for unpleasant men: "May he wander for ages many; And at every step, a stile; At every stile, a fall; At every fall, a broken bone; Not the largest, nor the least bone, But the chief neck bone, every time."
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Stephen G. Rae Jul 18
A slightly obscure island story. Harknott Pass, in , Cumbria’s Faerie King Eveling holds his court here. His name connected in mythology to Avalloc, putative ruler of the Island of Avalon.
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❅Royai Jul 18
According to , the island of in Malaysia was a female who somehow got separated from her husband. The mountains Nenek Semukut and Batu Simau are said to be her horns. Her husband is often believed to be Mount Daik in Indonesia
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Open Graves & Minds Jul 18
SELKIES: Hailing from Orkney and the Shetland Isles, selkies are beautiful shapeshifters who transform from seal to human by removing their skin. Stealing their skins prevent them from returning to the sea but they will always long for their original homes.
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Craig Buchanan Jul 17
The Voyage of St Brendan (c. AD 900) tells of an island off the coast of Ireland - little more than a barren rock - upon which Judas Iscariot sits, cold and wet, staring out to sea, as a respite from Hell on Sundays and feast days.
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Heather Reeve Jul 18
The Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Isles is said to have healing properties. All you need to do is walk around the stones 6 times clockwise!
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SelineSigil Jul 18
Nearly a century ago,the last 36 residents were evacuated from St Kilda an isolated archipelago off the western coast of Scotland. After 86 years their lost music has been discovered in a nursing home.
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Mark Rees Jul 18
"An art project has brought the Isle of Man's fairy folklore to life by hiding miniature buildings around the island synonymous with fairy tales. In a local tradition, residents wave to the 'little people' when crossing Fairy Bridge."
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