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Scottish Folklore and Folklife

Folklore and Folklife of Dunkeld and Tayside Region

Forth Railroad BridgeWhy do we throw a coin in the River Tay or the River Forth “for luck ?“ The origin and significance of many of our Scottish customs, superstitions and sayings are now unknown to us. Even such things as guising, dookin’ for apples, washing our faces in May dew, bonfires and turnip lanterns, these are not merely games or frolics; they are relics of ancient rites.

The truth is, we are still very much encompassed by the customs of the ancient past. These are many and strange, they begin with our birth and end only with death and burial. The curious customs associated with weddings, especially the weddings of fisher and country folk, would need a web site to themselves!

MistletoeBesides which, we still have many of traditional our lucky charms, our silver coins, our bonny white heather. We no longer venerate the oak, like the Druids, as the symbol of the Supreme Power, whose spirit emanated in the mistletoe fruit. But mistletoe berries still play a prominent part in the festive fun of a traditional Scottish Hogmanay.

Rowan TreeWe no longer believe that Sir John’s Wort (St. Columba’s axillary flower, and often used in Midsummer Eve celebrations) will ward off the fairies, but now believe it will ward off depression. The rowan-tree (a protection against witches) still grows alongside many a cottage door, as well as alongside many ancient sites of pagan worship. You see, the past is inextricably bound up with the present.

Superstitions survive in our most modern communities. Think of the number thirteen, fear of going under ladders, looking at the new moon through glass, black cats, bringing hawthorn or wild cherry blossom into the house, spilling salt.

As we have ourselves witnessed in modern politics and war, the “magical powers” of a leader can still be impressed on the mass of the people by ritual performance and symbols. So it looks as if the magical attitude in human affairs is far from dying out.

We may no longer worship the sun, but sun-worship is not entirely forgotten. We may not venerate our river gods, but when we open the salmon-fishing season by breaking a bottle of whisky over the bow of a boat, are we not endeavouring (with this great sacrifice!) to solicit the favour of Tatha, the ancient goddess of our greatest river?

Stories from Scotland Children's Myths and Legends. Heroes and villains, witches and wizards, warriors and royalty, there's something here for everyone. From the Highlands and islands, to the Border country, there are stories from all over Scotland in this wonderful collection. You'll find tales of Tam Lin the elfin knight, MacCodrum of the Seals and many more, all told with a thrilling sense of adventure and fun. Stories from Scotland: Oxford Children's Myths and Legends (Oxford Childrens Myths/Legends).

Folklore and Legends of Scotland. Fairies, brownies, Merlin, Queens, magic and adventure! Scottish folklore and legends have all of these and in these pages include "The Mermaid Wife" about a man who steals the seal skin of a merwoman in order to marry her, "Thomas the Rhymer" about a man who is whisked away to Fairlyland by the Queen, and many other wonderful tales originating in Scotland. Folklore and Legends of Scotland.

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