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#FolkloreThursday Thread: The legend about the pozoj (dragon in local dialect) from Čičanjska Jama (jama here meaning marsh, lake, river tributary) near Donji Vidovec, Međimurje, Croatia:
It was long known that there was a pozoj (dragon) in Čičanjska Marsh whose tail was under the Church. [In the legends from the area, dragons were always huge, always lived under ground and always had a tail under some church]
Namely, when the pozoj (dragon) turned over in the marsh, all the candles fell of the altar in the Church. It happened once that a young gentleman dressed in a black suit came to the village. He went to the parish house and talked at length there with the parish priest...
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#FolkloreThursday Thread: Looongish, but hopefully interesting...In it I will talk about ferns, feathers, thunder gods and thunder god names...

Ferns are a very ancient family of plants: early fern fossils predate the beginning of the Mesozoic era, 360 million years ago...
They are older than the dinosaurs. They were thriving on Earth for two hundred million years before the flowering plants evolved.

The English word fern comes from the old Anglo-Saxon "fearn" meaning feather.
Like feathers, the leaves of most ferns are delicate and divided. So fern literally means plant that looks like a feather...
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Thread: #FolkloreThursday In South Slavic languages, the phrase used to describe sunrise is "the sun is being born"...

This seems to be a very rare phrase..

It is also found in Albanian, Turkish, Kazakh, Catalan, Portuguese...Any other language??? Why am I interested in this?
I am researching the remnants of the belief in the sun dying in the evening and being born in the morning. We know that it existed in ancient Egypt...
In Serbia the sun was also considered to be a living being which dies and gets reborn. But the life cycle of the sun in the Serbian belief system was one year. The sun dies and gets reborn on winter solstice...
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#folklorethursday Thread: Zeleni Jura (Green Yura) walking the earth. Part of Jurjevanje, celebration of the return of Jarilo, Jura, The Young Sun God who brings spring...Today performed on St George's day...Tells you a lot about the true Identity of St George...
This ritual is performed Bela Krajina, area inhabited by descendants of Serbians who migrated here during Turkish invasions of the Balkans. Today split between Croatia/Slovenia...This is the original Green Man...
The Sun God's name Jarilo (pronounced Yareelo) comes from the root "jar" (yar) meaning: young, green (Life giving warm sun of green spring), but also brightly burning and raging, furious (Life destroying burning sun of yellow summer)...
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#FolkloreThursday Thread: Here is, at first sight, a very strange Serbian superstition about dogs:

A place where a dog has scratched the ground is in Serbian called "sugreb". It is believed that stepping on this place can cause person to get sick "and even to go mad"!
This is why when you see that the dog has scratched the soil, you should spit on that spot, and that would "cure it"...

This is very interesting. Why would people believe this?
Well Serbs also believed that "dogs are unclean" and that "god's breath can reach 100 cubits into the earth"...What does this mean? Why did people believe this?
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Serat Ngalamating Kucing is a Javanese manuscript from Yogyakarta that consists of verses depicting different types of cats. Each verse depicts a unique type of cat and its traits, written in the form of "tembang", poetic lines that can be sung. A thread for #FolkloreThursday
For example, a verse about a cat called "wulan krahingan" (daylight moon) depicts a black cat with white belly spot, preferably on the left and with short tail. This type of cat is believed to bring luck and grant wishes.
Another type of cat called "pujanggana mengku" (a poet's cradle) has white coat except for a black spot on its head. This cat is said to symbolize good virtues and integrity, a reminder for the owner to match the cat's quality with their attitude.
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Welcome back to #FolkloreThursday! Let's talk about one of my favorites, the Surya Shaligram.

Commonly mistaken for the similarly shaped Sudarshan Shaligram, this popular shila is, however, quite the find.
Surya means the Sun in Nepal and in India. Synonyms of Surya in ancient Indian literatures include Aditya, Arka, Bhanu, Savitr, Pushan, Ravi, Martanda, Mitra, and Vivasvan; names which are occasionally imparted onto the Surya Shaligram depending on the religious tradition.
Surya is also the name of the solar deity in Hinduism, particularly in the Saura tradition found in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha.
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#FolkloreThursday Thread: I can vividly remember once walking through the garden hopping with tiny black frogs...After a late spring thunderstorm rumbled away...I must have been 6 or 7 or thereabouts... Image
I also remember that for a while I ran out after every storm looking for frogs...Eventually I stopped...I guess frog showers were not that common even then...
BTW, this frog rain memory was not a product of my overactive imagination. Frog showers do happen...It is now believed that these apparently inexplicable weather events are caused by small, localised tornadoes known as waterspouts...
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Happy Sinful #FolkloreThursday Everyone! So, I spent a bit of time since this week’s theme was announced thinking about whether to approach it playfully or seriously (or if at all...this is a fraught topic 😅).
#FolkloreThursday #AfricanMythology
In most, if not all, traditional African societies, “Sin” is conceived of as ritual errors i.e. offences against the gods, breaches of their directives or neglect of filial duties which may anger the ancestors. (J. Ọmọṣade Awolalu)
There are many myths and folktales in #AfricanMythology which illustrate what “sin” means to different African peoples. Also, “sin” can be committed by the gods as well as by people.
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#FolkloreThursday Thread: A man, fac­ing left, his long hair drawn back into a pony­tail, makes love to a wom­an sit­ting in his lap, her face turned towards him. Behind her back, anoth­er wom­an holds a vessel with drink and what is that thing??? Thracian, 4th c. BC, Bulgaria... Image
Officially, this plaque depicts "hier­og­a­my, the sacred mar­riage between the Thra­ci­an king and the Great Moth­er God­dess"....Hmmm
One of many Thra­ci­an metal plaques, mostly depicting horsemen in heavy ( ???) cavalry armor...

No one really knows what these things represent... ImageImageImageImage
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Saltfleetby church was built on a salt marsh. The landscape is melancholic. Long straight roads, drainage ditches, desultory farmsteads, big medieval churches. Flat land with empty horizons.
It all points to a long-lost prosperity... The clue is in the name: Saltfleetby. 
Until the 1600s this area was an international port trading with Scandinavia and Northern Europe. The name comes from salt-making which began in the Bronze Age and declined in the Middle Ages.

There’s a Norwegian story about why the sea is salty. It starts at Christmas time. A poor man worries about feeding his family. He asks his rich brother for help. The brother will only help if he ventures into the underworld. The poor man agrees... and takes a joint of meat.

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Başlıktan anlaşılacağı gibi bugün size akılsız bir yöneticinin hikâyesini anlatacağım. :)
#bozkırhikayeleri #perşembehikayeleri #FolkloreThursday #FolktaleThursday Image
Bir zamanlar başı görklü, suyu tatlı yüce Altay'da Sarı Kaan adlı bir hükümdar yaşardı. Koyunları geniş vadileri doldurur, altınları yüksek tepeler gibi yığılırdı. Kaan zenginliği ne kadar çok ise aklı da o kadar az olan budala bir adamdı.
Öyle ki acı ile tatlıyı birbirinden ayıramaz, yiyeceği şeyi hizmetkârlarına “Bu acı mı yoksa tatlı mı?” diye sorardı. Sonra da kendisinin acı dediği şeye tatlı, tatlı dediğine acı diyenlerin başını kestirirdi.
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#FolkloreThursday "Dožinjalica" is a cock which is slaughtered at the end of the harvest. Among the Serbs from Croatia it was believed that "grain will yield plentifully next year only where dožinjalica is eaten"... Image
On Tobolić, at the end of the harvest, the harvesters would tie the housewife with ropes. They would then light up a fire in the field where the last sheaf of grain was cut, and would "pretend to burn her in the fire"...
They would let her go only after "she promised them a dožinjalica". Similar customs were also recorded among Serbs from from Northern Dalmatia...
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Thanks to @kimbiddulph it’s #Archaeology31 time again! - Starting with prompt number one: #new.

Which in this case is: New year, new journal. Empty pages waiting to be filled with thoughts, notes, sketches ... opportunities. Image
#Archaeology31 day 2, #future, offers a great chance to highlight a topic I found particularly interesting as of late:

How will an #ArchaeologyOfTheFuture look like - What do *we* leave behind for future colleagues?

(Weekend reading recommendations included. 😉) Image
Starting with the question what actually constitutes #CulturalHeritage, #sites, and #monuments of our age ...

(#Archaeology31, 2. #future)
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Since I didn't get around to it on #FolkloreThursday, here's a new Shaligram thread for #FossilFriday!

Let's talk about the Vasudev Shaligram! It's an interesting one.
Vaasudev carries a wide variety of meanings depending on the particular Hindu tradition in question. In Indian epic poetry, Vasudeva is the father of Krishna. He was the brother of Nanda Baba, the chieftain of the cowherder tribe...
...who was a Surasena (an ancient Indian region corresponding to the present-day Braj region in Uttar Pradesh) who also became the foster father of Krishna.
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#FolkloreThursday Thread: This is the page about a strange creature from Serbian folklore called "Nav" from the beautiful illustrated book on Serbian mythology "Ale i Bauci". According to the Serbian mythology, a "nav" is a bird possessed by a soul of a dead unbaptised child... Image
It screeches during the night most commonly making crying sounds. It can make breastfeeding mothers go dry. Crossing yourself and saying "I baptise myself" makes it disappear...
This is very interesting. Slavic word Nav denote the souls of the dead in Slavic mythology. The singular form (Nav or Nawia) is also used as a name for the "otherworld"...
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Minnie Baba and Da Spanish Ship

Is a tale o' a courageous and magical Shetland women that happened a few centuries ago...

In da Isle o Papa Stour on da West o Shetland. Some fishermen were working on their boat in da late afternoon.

As da sun set ower da Atlantic, they saw a large Spanish ship come close to da island and drop anchor. It wis a fine night so the fishermen thought it wis maybe there to trade, however no skiff wis launched, and no smaller boats came ashore..

In da mirknen (darkening o' da day) da fishermen heard someone swimming and peching (panting) as they neared da shore. Da fishermen squinted to da shore and saw da figure of a young man clamber oot o da ebb and run up to da men.

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Halloween traditions we don't do any more: the Snap-Dragon!

Better known as a Christmas tradition, this involved a bowl full of raisins in flaming brandy. Participants had to snatch up still-burning raisins and eat them. #FolkloreThursday
Wikipedia is jolly good on the topic and even provides the accompanying chant, which begins:

Here he comes with flaming bowl,
Don't he mean to take his toll,
Snip! Snap! Dragon!…

And of course, OF COURSE someone has connected it with 'druidic fire-worship'. Sake.
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Legends persist of British magicians and witches using spells to prevent invasion by sea. Dr John Dee was credited (erroneously, after his time) with raising the storm that scattered the Spanish Armada. #FolkloreThursday
Gardner claimed that witches 'raised the great cone of power' to prevent Hitler crossing the sea and landing on British shores, 'just as their great-grandfathers had done to Boney and their remoter forefathers had done to the Spanish Armada'. #FolkloreThursday
The legend of 'Operation Cone of Power' lingers on, despite the lack of supporting evidence for it.… #FolkloreThursday
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Thread: #FolkloreThursday Pan is a great example of what happens when mythology based on a local climate gets exported to the place where climate is different... Image
The story of Pan starts on the Island of Crete, where the local climate is characterised by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The rainy season starts in October and lasts till March or even April. Image
The beginning of the Cretan rain season coincides with the beginning of the mating season of the Cretan Ibex. Image
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For @FolkloreThurs’s #wild men theme: in #Tolkien’s hapless Túrin Turambar 3 myths collide: Kullervo (Finnish), Sigurd (Old Norse) + Oedipus (Greek). Oedipus is important not only for the incest motif
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Art: @TedNasmith, Akseli Gallen-Kallela
but also because of his movement from wilderness to city. Abandoned as an infant in Mount Cithaeron (wilderness), Oedipus moves from Corinth (city), to the cross-roads (wilderness, where he unwittingly kills his father)...
#FolkloreThursday @FolkloreThurs @TolkienSociety
to Thebes (city- where he unwittingly marries his mother), to self-exile in desolate spaces away from the city. He is the saviour, but also the destroyer of Thebes, via his patricide and incest. 3/6
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I've just recorded the next episode of my GHOSTS & FOLKLORE podcast, and it's the most sickeningly happy episode yet.
The last few have been a bit grim and gritty, so I decided to change the tone with the most uplifting subject in Welsh folklore I could think of... fairy dogs! Image
You can listen/ subscribe to the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE podcast via my website or any of the main podcasting sites (Apple/ Spotify/ Google etc.).

For more about fairy dogs check out:
⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
* Just to clarify, I've recorded the episode, but it isn't online yet - now I've got to do all the boring technical stuff like editing, mistake correcting and sound effect creation (ha!). New episodes are uploaded every Thursday to coincide with good old #folklorethursday....
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"The owl is prominent in the mythology of Wales. From time immemorial it has been regarded with ill-favour. In several villages, when an owl hoots in the midst of houses, a maiden inhabitant will lose her chastity."
Folklore of Wales, 1909
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"When an owl was heard hooting early in the night from one of the yews in the churchyard it was looked upon as a sign that some unmarried girl of the village had forsaken the path of chastity. There are even now persons who maintain the trustworthiness of this."
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For more weird and wonderful tales from Wales check out the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE podcast on all the main podcasting sites... NOW!
Oh, and don't forget the CURIOUS WALES twitter moment:
⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
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"Cats were supposed to be endowed with magical powers, and therefore granted many privileges and indulgences. It was not considered lucky for the inmates of a house to be without a cat."
Folklore of Wales, 1909

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"Girls are told to feed their cats well, so that the sun may shine on their wedding-day."
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For more weird and wonderful Welsh animal folklore, check out my "Ghosts & Folklore of Wales" podcast in all the usual places (Apple/ Spotify/ Google etc.), and the "Curious Wales" twitter moment:

⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
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