Hertfordshire Folklore: Jack O’ Legs — Under the influence! (Reblog)

Jack1956, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Jack O’ Legs In the folklore of Hertfordshire, England, Jack O’ Legs was a giant and legendary outlaw who helped the poor people of his locality.  He was a good archer and used a huge bow to match his size. He was said to live in a […]

Hertfordshire Folklore: Jack O’ Legs — Under the influence!

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence! (Reblog)

In many societies death needed a servant that would guide or bring the soul of the deceased to the place of the afterlife. Such servants were called psychopomps and presented here is a brief discussion of two psychopomps from Breton folklore and mythology.

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence!

Ghosts and Revenants of Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany (Reblog)

Tales of ghosts and ghostly apparitions form a rich vein in the folklore of Brittany although, in the Breton tradition, there was once no significant separation between the living and the dead, both were seen as dwelling in two discrete worlds that were in perpetual relation with one another.

Ghosts and Revenants of Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany

Russian folklore: The firebird — Under the influence! (Reblog)

The firebird is a creature from Russian or Slavic folklore that has been the inspiration of many fairy and folktales, literary works and works of art.

via Russian folklore: The firebird — Under the influence!

***Fascinating blog about Russian folklore.

Strange Folklore: The Mystery of Concealed Footwear — Under the influence! (Reblog)

 

A Very Peculiar Practice Footwear such as shoes have been part of folklore and folktales for centuries and there are many tales and rhymes that refer to them. For example Cinderella’s glass slippers, The Red Shoes, by Hans Christian Anderson, the nursery rhyme of The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe, and I am […]

via Strange Folklore: The Mystery of Concealed Footwear — Under the influence!

Poem ‘A Robin’s Descent’

A Robin’s Descent

The rain is gone,
though a heaviness remains.

Between this precious repose
and first glimpses of a lighter day,

a robin drops to drenched grass,
almost tame and curious,

the colour of passion,
his peppy, ardent life

among manifold greens.
Then he pops up once more,

daring closer this time,
an upturned table leg his perch,

to peek inside this house
of false comfort,

bringing life to worn out lives

poem and image © copyright df barker 2012